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Sturgeon, of the buildings and grounds committee, replied that the board felt Hunt’s report was “too general” and that it needed to be reexamined and rewritten to point out more specifics on building needs before the district can decide action. Gorham stated that he met with Hunt representatives the previous day and went over the district’s expectations, noting that this extra work will not cost the district more money. Of the need for elementary walls, improvements like this are included in the report and, the superintendent said, “Our number one priority is safety.”

Shutt went on to question the board’s decision to grant Gorham a two-year extension on his contract and accused Gorham of not giving him a job at the school because he questioned the board’s spending at earlier meetings. Board Attorney Jack Dean told Shutt to refrain from personal attacks and focus his questions on the Hunt study.

In other business, the board accepted a proposal from First Keystone Community Bank for a tax-anticipation loan, at an interest rate of 2.59 percent. This is related to the district refinancing $950,000 for its renovation projects. It also approved opening an Early College Scholarship Fund with First National Bank.

A contract with Wright Township was approved for the 2016-17 and the 2017-18 school years, in the amount of $31,200, for police services. Payment was approved for Frank Ciavarella Masonry, for $1,500, for a concrete pad at the base of a sign in front of the secondary campus. A project was also approved for Albright’s Glen Summit Floral Co. to install clay brick in the mound area and home plate of the campus’s baseball field, at a cost not to exceed $1,011.20.

Raelene Macking was named head teacher for Fairview Elementary with all directors but Sturgeon voting for the motion. Amy Nixon was made audio/visual coordinator for Rice Elementary with all directors in favor except William Jones. In addition, eight coaches were named to the wrestling staff for this year and four CACE instructors were hired for the fall semester.

Gorham named the class officers who planned the homecoming activities, some who were in the audience and received applause for their efforts. “These are the leaders of Crestwood School District,” he said. “…We really appreciate what you do. Keep being leaders, we need more of that in our world today.”