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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

 system.

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

 use  already.

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.