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He explained that he has reached out
to the PSEA and other state agencies, however the matter is still pending. The document as it stands
predictably establishes the requirements and benefits for full and
part time employees, including health insurance terms, paid time off,
holidays, sick days and vacation. Wages appear to be subject to across-the-board increases of 50 cents per hour
the first year. Starting in the 2014 -15 school year the wages are pegged
to “the state index rounded up to the nearest .5%.”
Also available for review by parents and
tax payers will be the district’s newly adopted Comprehensive Plan. Reported Brian Waite, Assistant to the Superintendent, “This is part of the Comprehensive Plan that Crestwood School District must do for
the Pennsylvania Department of education. It used to be called the
strategic Plan. And it consist of components of what we call safe schools;
professional education - which encompasses professional development
as well; there is a special education component, and what
we call Chapter 4 – what we refer to as curriculum and standards.
“Basically we put together a plan that has to be approved by the state this month. Once it’s approved it will be in duration for three years until the date of June 30, 2017.”
McLaughlin-Smith added that the plan will be up-loaded to the district web site upon approval.
Under public comment, Fairview Township resident Mike Moyer approached
the board about technologic advancements in other state districts and their benefits. Moyer opened by thanking the board for
approving a $32,000 tech advance called Integra One in October. This allows students to utilize a campus wi-
fi system without permitting un-authorized access to the district’s administrative
McLaughlin-Smith agreed that the program will serve 1000 users at a time and permit students to register up
to two devices each. He added that there are some district owned tablets in
Moyer enthusiastically encouraged the
board to consider options in place elsewhere that supply students with online capability at the district’s expense.
He asked that they review one-to- one options for children to be issued devices to enhance theeducational process.
Likening one progressive districtto Crestwood, Moyer said that theeconomic demographics are belowthose in our area, but district officialsare using creative budgeting to finda way to integrate new technologiesinto the curriculum, “If they can doit, we can do it.”
He noted that these new educationaltechnological advances give studentsless expensive, but broader optionsfor on-line college credits which willresult in both a measurable reductionin college costs and an advantage forCrestwood students competing forcollege placement.