NEW WATERFORD — Although the construction on the new school has not begun, the water concerns at Crestview Local Schools have been resolved.
With the completion of the waterline from New Waterford, the school started this fall operating on village water.
Mayor Shane Patrone and Utilities Manager Chad Hess updated the Crestview Board of Education on Wednesday on the project. Hess said they completed three different pressure tests on the line and believe the school will have what it requires. Additionally, a fire line has been run to the Performing Arts Center and is awaiting inspection and a pump so water will be available for a sprinkler system.
Superintendent Matthew Manley pointed out the new water line is a relief and Maintenance Supervisor Jay Radman no longer has to worry about the supply running out. In recent years, the wells at the school were no longer keeping up with the demand. Manley thanked Patrone and the village of New Waterford for working with them on the project and helping them to find the grants needed to make it happen.
Later during the meeting, Radman reported while August may be the school’s slowest month with the new line, the school only required 55,800 gallons of well water, which is still being used for things like watering sports fields, flushing toilets in some restrooms and washing buses at the bus garage. He believes as the year goes along, the school will need between 50,000 and 200,000 gallons a month from the wells, water that is not being treated. The well water will lessen how much water the school will have to buy from the village for uses that do not require potable water.
In other matters:
— The board approved Loren Leskosky as an elementary teacher; Tyra Reed for the elementary after school program; Anthony Sebastian as a custodian; and Richard Stelts as a five-hour bus driver.
— Manley pointed out the year has just started and the school district is already short on substitutes. The board approved Marcella Adams and Monique Kernich, as cafeteria substitutes, as well as Michael Baughman and Richard Stelts as custodial substitutes. More are still needed.
— The board approved hiring Deputy Jonathan Kerchofer at a rate of $30 per hour to provide security for the school year.
— The board voted to issue $600,000 in bonds for the purpose of constructing, furnishing and equipping the new pre K-12 school building with the bonds scheduled to mature in 35 years.
— The board approved the graduation requirements for the class of 2022, which include credits for grades in cases where students are unable to complete end of course exams.
— The board approved pay for the cross country coach due to large participation in the program this year. The board also increased the pay for the coordinator for credit recovery and the College Credit Plus program due to increased demand this year.