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Matt Echelberry


Colonel Crawford Local Schools will go back to the voters in May. During its Jan. 27 meeting, the Colonel Crawford Board of Education approved a resolution for a 0.5-mill additional tax levy.

If passed, levy funds would go toward the maintenance funding required by the state for the proposed construction of a high school wing. The district had the same levy on the November ballot, which failed, along with a separate levy to fund the construction of a new gym.

That evening, Treasurer Vickey Stump informed the Board she received a certification from the county auditor for the revenue that the levy would generate, which she said would be about the same as it was in November. It is an estimated $57,932.

The result of the May election may impact the high school project.

Another resolution was also approved to allow Superintendent Todd Martin to serve as the interim superintendent for Buckeye Central Local Schools (in addition to his obligations at Colonel Crawford).

Martin is serving in this capacity while Buckeye Central conducts a search for a permanent replacement. After the meeting, he said things are going well so far. He joked that he has missed a lot of suppers due to the evening hours he must put in.

“I’m learning a lot though, as far as how they do things over there. Really, it benefits both districts,” he stated.

In other business, the Board approved the maternity leave of Laura Stickney, beginning March 10. She is a science teacher at the intermediate school. Kim Burgin was approved as a substitute in the areas of food service and aide, and Carla Russell was approved as an aide for the Hannah Crawford multi-handicapped room.

It also amended the open enrollment policy to include more school districts.

Martin explained that some families have moved out of the district but the kids want to continue going to school at Colonel Crawford. The change allows them to stay without additional payments for tuition. However, he is not sure if it will impact enrollment numbers overall.

Board members were presented with certificates that evening, as January was School Board Appreciation Month.

The following were approved as spring coaches: Josiah Bauer, junior high track assistant; Brett Degray, high school track assistant; Carl Diebler, volunteer softball assistant; Preston Foy, boys track head coach; Stephanie Geiger, junior high track assistant; James Glauer, baseball assistant; Sarah Gray, softball assistant; Jody Grove, girls track head coach; Matt Grove, high school track assistant; Chuck Huggins, softball head coach; Rick Keller, high school track assistant; Joe Swartzmiller, baseball head coach; and Ryan Teglovic, weight room supervisor.

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