The Crestwood School Board elected a new president at its reorganizational meeting Dec. 8 and took the first steps in planning for the future, as far as the condition and upkeep of its four buildings.
The district’s superintendent initiated a round of applause for outgoing President Eric Aigeldinger, who has been on the board for almost 30 years and is not seeking reelection next year.
“These jobs, they do not get the credit they deserve. These individuals put time in, not just at a monthly meeting…” stated Superintendent Joseph Gorham, who then thanked Aigeldinger “for having the courage and the commitment for holding this position for that long.”
Board member William Jones, who’s served for 14 years and has been president in the past, was unanimously elected to again be president of the board, with Joseph Kaminski serving as vice president.
The board went on to hire, for $21,000, an engineering and architectural firm from Towanda to conduct a three-month evaluation of the school’s buildings, to help the board decide what renovations should be a priority and what may need improvement in the future.
This decision was made after a presentation was given by Darin Rathbun, of Hunt Engineers, Architects, and Land Surveyors. The building condition surveys his firm conducts are “a piece of an overall facility masterplan. It’s a tool that a district can use to make a map for the future.”
The first of part of the survey entails data collection where engineers will meet with district officials and building staff. Then a team of six specialists will thoroughly examine each school building from top to bottom.
“Our team goes through the nooks and crannies of the buildings,” Rathbun explained, describing himself and others literally crawling into ceiling spaces. “We’re like a bunch of Army ants going into the spaces.”
After the inspection, the specialists will write a report, the building