On July 17 the Crestline Board of Education met. A number of topics were discussed with the main one being proposed changes to the uniform policy.
Spanish teacher Krista Ferini was in attendance and she voiced her opinion on the proposed changes. She likes how the uniforms are now and that they are meant to make the students look good as well as feel good. She also noticed that by the end of last school year that students were not abiding by the policy. She would like to see consequences enforced for those who do not abide by the code, and a reward system in place for those who do follow it.
High School Principal Paul Wheeler also commented on the dress code. He said he does like the dress code but he doesn’t want the dress code to take away from education, as he says that’s where the focus should lie. He said that there were many times last year where he was constantly telling students to tuck in their shirts or looking for the right sock color.
Later during the meeting, the board went over the current uniform policy and voted on some items that they would like to see changed, four of which passed. Students will now be allowed to wear scarfs to school. They will also be allowed to have polo’s with logos on them, but the logos must be smaller than a quarter. Students will also now be allowed to wear shirts with Crestline school sports or school club names on them (these logos can be larger than a quarter). It was also announced that shirts are now recommended, but not required, to be tucked in. The changes will take effect for the new school year and will be posted on the school webpage and Facebook page in the near future.
Several other matters were passed including the approval of a band trip to Kelly’s Island and Cedar Point on August 16 and 17. They will be staying at Camp Patmos and will be participating in a parade on Kelly’s Island. The money for the trip is all donated or raised by the students; there is no expenditure from the general fund for this.
There was also a resolution to approve a service agreement with North Central Ohio Computer Cooperative for 2015 with costs not to exceed $16,856. Another agreement was with North Central Ohio Computer Cooperative for a field technician. It was also determined that service with North Central Ohio Educational Service Center will be terminated come June 30, 2015. Mid Ohio Educational Service Center will become the new provider.
CJ Properties was awarded the bid to build a new press box at the football stadium. The cost of the project is not to exceed $48,500, funded entirely through donations.
There was also a resolution that shows that the school has the intent to go on the ballet for the next election for a school levy. This intent has been sent to the tax commissioner and now the treasurer must proceed and submit the proposition of levying an income tax on the school district income of individuals residing in the school district.
Other matters approved were the resignations of several teachers as well as continuing on with a literacy coach. The alternative make-up plan, also known as blizzard bags, was also voted on and passed. NCOCC was approved as the district’s internet service provider for the 2015 school year.
The next regular meeting of the Crestline Board of Education will be August 21 at 7 p.m., in the high school media center.