The Crestwood School District saw many changes in 2017, both in how the schools are run, with a reshaping of administration and curriculum, and with changes to the physical buildings, with renovations to outdated areas such as the auditorium and science labs. The refurbishment of buildings, and plans made for new facilities such as a field house, came from $4.5 million in bonds that the district took out in March.
The high school’s auditorium, which had remained unchanged since it was built in the 1970’s, had a full renovation, including asbestos abatement, new flooring, energy-efficient lighting, upgraded seating, and the installation of a modern sound system. The upgrades cost approximately $500,000. Two STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) classrooms were also improved this year, with $250,000 going toward new STEM equipment and the configuration of classrooms to make them more conductive to lab work.
The district also began planning a new field house this year, and obtained zoning approval in September to build it, at the rear of the district’s property near the playing fields. The new, two-story, 1,850-square-foot building is supposed to remedy the need for player locker rooms, showers, storage, and public restrooms for those who attending sporting events. Currently, storage is very limited and the public uses portable toilets at events.
With these changes happening, more are to come with the board still awaiting a study from Hunt Engineers, which the district hired a year ago to conduct a three-month evaluation