work to be done over the next five years. The items, for example of repairing a roof or installing new carpet or windows, will appear in a spreadsheet format, with estimated cost indicated and with each item categorized as a first-year priority or beyond.
Board member Ronald Sturgeon, who chairs the building and grounds committee, spoke last month of the value of Hunt’s evaluation. “We have a lot of great schools here, but they’re also tired,” he said. “Rather than just doing project after project… this is a living document. I think it’s going to be a great document to have to move forward.”
Superintendent Joseph Gorham agreed that it would be cost effective for the district to know which items will be in need of continuous repair verses at what point constructing a new building would be a better option. “We don’t want to throw good money at a bad situation,” he said.
In other business at the Jan. 19 meeting, the board heard from Gorham that a recent dog-sniffing drug search proved that the school is completely clean of drugs or paraphernalia.
The dog did indicate a locker search was necessary a few times, he said, but those searches resulted in a container of body spray, two peanut butter sandwiches, and three bananas. “I’m assured we have a safe and productive environment,” the superintendent added.
A student representative reported that Crestwood’s annual blood drive, held in December to benefit the American Red Cross, exceeded, by nearly 10 percent, its goal of 39 pints, by collecting 43 units of blood. Also, the Key Club collected approximately 400 coats during a winter coat drive in honor of former student and Key Club member Matthew Wascavage.
The board agreed to pay Shaw Integrated Solutions for carpeting and installation in the district’s administration offices, in the amount of $9,794.43, paid out of the PLGIT capital projects fund.
The Luzerne Intermediate Unit’s operating budget was approved in the amount of $402,031, with Crestwood’s member contribution at $33,012 and its curriculum contribution at $33,581.33.
Adrian Bannon was hired as the high school girls’ softball coach, to be paid $4,880. The vote was split for this appointment, with directors Eric Aigeldinger, Thomas Harding, and Maureen McGovern voting no.
And, while the board voted to approve 19 members of the Crestwood Cheerleading Team to attend the National High School Cheerleading Championship Competition Feb. 9 to 14, at Walt Disney World in Florida, it unanimously voted against the district providing transportation to the Philadelphia airport. The request, for coach bussing from the high school to Philadelphia, would have cost $2,570 round trip.