LISBON — With the possibility of renovating school buildings, expanding space and a possible community center addition, Crestview’s board of education held a public meeting Thursday to get some feedback from members of the community.
At the board meeting earlier this month, the board purchased two modulars from the Talawanda school district on the other side of the state in an effort to have more classroom space next school year. But that is only a temporary solution, according to Superintendent Matthew Manley.
The modulars may be used next year for “specials,” which are classes such as music or art where students only go for a short period of time once a week. The bathrooms in the modulars may not be hooked into an actual septic system, more of a temporary holding system which can be pumped out.
In the meantime, the modulars will allow for more space to be opened up for preschool. Manley said 50 to 60 children are currently being turned away who want preschool and the lines on signup day have started forming hours before the registration begins. The hope is this plan will give more children in the district a chance to better prepare for kindergarten.
Manley said Talawanda was the only owner of those modulars, which were new in 2003 and the district was using until they were able to move into new space during Christmas break. The modulars will have security cameras and intruder locks on the doors.
Manley also pointed out currently at Crestview there are $1.6 million in physical repairs and projects, but only $230,000 in the permanent improvement plan each year. Currently on the list is $355,000 in repairs to the flat roof portion of one of the buildings and a track that if it does not get resurfaced soon will deteriorate beyond repair.