Crawford takes County Bee, high school plan making progress

Matt Echelberry

February 26, 2014

Students who competed in the County Spelling Bee last week were recognized by the Colonel Crawford Board of Education on Feb. 24.

Crawford took the top three spots in the contest against Buckeye Central and Wynford: Chloe Carman (first place), Karlie Kurtzman (second place) and Erica Giles (third place). Fourth and fifth grade students were also eligible to compete, of which Logan Garrett and Brooke Slagle were recognized for their participation.

An update on Colonel Crawford’s high school project was also heard that evening. Board member Norm Huber explained the Buildings and Grounds Committee met with several contractors about the project and they have selected Regency Construction Services out of Lakewood, Ohio, as the owner agent for the project.

“They were well-prepared,” Huber concluded, adding he was very impressed by the company’s presentation.

Board member Shane Stuckman, who is also on the committee, added that Regency put itself above the rest and he felt more secure with the company. Regency also worked with other local districts on construction projects, such as Bucyrus, Buckeye Central and Northmor.

Superintendent Todd Martin went over the timeline for the project. He said Regency will need to meet with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to establish a contract and then review the architectural plans. A construction manager should be hired around Christmas of this year and hopefully they will break ground for the project in spring of 2015, with a goal to move into the new wing by winter of 2015.

Martin also noted he wants to hold a pre-bid meeting with local contractors. He will have final details on this and the project timeline at the March meeting.

School administrators would like to demo the old school buildings (Whetstone, Sulphur Springs, North Robinson Junior High and part of the current High School) as soon as possible, hopefully this spring. This is included in the project funding.

An audience member asked if the district would be giving away pieces of the old buildings to the community, noting it could be a potential fund raiser. Martin responded that subject had been discussed in past meetings and they will inform the community when the time comes.

The district is going back on the ballot this May for a 0.5 maintenance levy, which Martin said would generate about $57,000 per year to maintain the new high school wing. These funds are now required by the state for any new school building, to ensure it will be maintained for 23 years. The district will send out a newsletter in April with further details; for now, it is preparing to move forward with the project without the additional levy funds.

In meeting business March 28, originally scheduled as a teacher in-service day, was approved as a student make up day. Other make up days are April 16 and 17. A memorandum of understanding with the Colonel Crawford Education Association was approved to implement blizzard bags. The document will be sent to the Ohio Department of Education for approval.

Martin informed the Board blizzard bags count as days of instruction when there is a school closing. All of the work is hard copy and will be put into a folder and sent home with students.

The Board approved maternity leaves for Danielle Clime (beginning March 21) and Leslie Bogner (beginning May 28). Fredrico Sanchez was approved as a long term substitute for Spanish classes during Clime’s maternity leave.

Tim Bell was approved as a custodian. Kimberly Sloan was approved as a sub in secretary, food service, aide and custodian areas. Ron Bower was approved to mow and maintain the property at the Whetstone Elementary building.

The Board also amended the Fixed Assets Policy to define the threshold at $5,000. Treasurer Vicki Stump explained the amount is currently set at $1,500 but past practice has been $5,000. In the latest post audit meeting with the state, it was recommended that the district modify the policy to reflect past practice — a housekeeping issue.

The 2014-2015 district calendar was adopted.

High School Principal Jake Bruner informed the Board that next year’s High School bell schedule will be adjusted to align with the Junior High, including the addition of a class period. Currently the schedules are slightly offset, which is a problem for 8th graders who take high school classes.

Colonel Crawford Board of Education’s next meeting is March 24 at 7 p.m., at the William - Hannah Crawford Media Center.