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Crestview community to have say in building project

NEW WATERFORD — With the building project around the corner, the Crestview school board and the design architects met before Wednesday’s board meeting with members of the community, giving them the opportunity to begin voicing their opinions on the new school building.

Board president Dr. Edward Miller said the idea of that meeting was to give an overview of the community engagement that is going to be needed, including what are the “have to’s” and the “want to’s” for the project. Miller said the most important thing the building will need is the flexibility to allow the space to be utilized as classrooms, meeting rooms and other uses, as well as be able to adjust to the changes in education coming over the next 50 years.

One of the ways the board decided to include the community is by adding volunteers, community board liaisons, to assist the board for the duration of the project.

On Wednesday, the board appointed five men for the position — Spencer DeSalvo, Allen Hodge, David McGoogan, Daniel Simmons and Ryan Cresanto.

Both McGoogan and Simmons are former Crestview board members. Cresanto introduced himself at the meeting as having a background in construction projects and assured Miller his company is not interested in bidding on the project.

The building project is not the only one in the works. Crestview also is planning to add turf to the football field with a new stadium project and the board accepted a $1,500 anonymous donation toward the project on Wednesday.

However, it was announced several companies have donated $25,000 to $50,000 for the naming rights or a business plaque in the stadium. The largest donation came from the Wehr Family, which will be a name for the scoreboard. Other rights have been granted for the bleachers or concession stands.

At this point the district has $247,000 toward the project, which is not half of what is anticipated to be needed. The goal is to have half the money prior to March 17. It was noted with the band and football team practice areas soon to be the building site for the new school, it is important to get the new turf field completed so it can be used for those activities until new locations can be found after construction is completed.

In other matters:

— With elementary principal Marian Dangerfield retiring at the end of this school year, the board gave a three-year contract to Timothy Pancake to the position starting in July. Pancake currently serves as the special education coordinator for the district.

— The board approved opposition to the state’s EdChoice scholarship voucher program, a matter which is currently heading to the Ohio Senate. Superintendent Matthew Manley said he is heading to Columbus on Tuesday to testify, during which he will explain how bad the idea is for schools like Crestview.

djohnson@mojonews.com

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