New Curriculum, Building Improvements Await Crestwood Upper Campus Students
By NICOLE FAY BARR
Correspondent

This fall, students at the Crestwood Secondary Campus will not only have a new curriculum and some new administrators, but they will also benefit from some physical improvements to the school. At the Aug. 17 school board meeting, Superintendent Joseph Gorham spoke of the almost-finished auditorium renovations as well as upgrades to two of the high school and middle school STEM rooms.

The high school’s auditorium has remained unchanged since it was built in the 1970’s and a full renovation has been taking place, including asbestos abatement, new flooring, energy-efficient lighting, upgraded seating, and the installation of a modern sound system. The cost of this project, approved in January, is $500,000 and has been undertaken by Quad 3, a Wilkes-Barre firm.

The auditorium is all but complete, except for the veneer finish to be placed on the inside, Gorham said at this month’s meeting. That material is on back order, delaying students’ use of the new auditorium until the second week of October. Originally, district officials hoped to have the auditorium completed by mid-September. “It’s going to be quite a finished product…and asbestos free,” Gorham added.

The superintendent went on of two STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) classrooms that have been upgraded and are ready for the first day of school, on Aug. 28. “We view our STEM education as important,” Gorham stated. The district put a $250,000 investment toward new STEM equipment which has been installed at the secondary campus. Classrooms have also been reconfigured to make them more conductive to labwork.

Another change at Crestwood this summer was in the way the support staff maintained the district’s buildings. Gorham commended the staff in its cooperation to incorporate change and he described the changes, specifically in the cleaning of all the buildings, as successful. He gave one example, of how cleaning all the school’s lockers previously took six weeks. By teaming resources instead, the job was completed in two days. “By working together, we reached efficiency levels we didn’t even think we could realize,” Gorham said.

In other business, the superintendent suggested that, this school year, public comments be limited to two minutes each, as outlined in Robert’s Rules of Order, a popular guideline used for meetings or conferences. No one spoke at the Aug. 17 meeting, which was unusual; at Crestwood meetings, members of the public often state opinions or request clarification on agenda items, often taking the podium longer than two minutes.

The board approved payment of $185,939 to Zones, Inc. for technology upgrades, product licensing, components, and installation. Payment was also approved for five water fountains at the middle school, in the amount of $8,425, and for one fountain at Fairview Elementary, at $1,685. These items will be paid out of the district’s PLGIT Capital Projects fund.

A payment was approved, in the amount of $23,447, to Worthington Direct, for middle school science desks and chairs, and to King Glass and Paint Service, Inc., for material and installation of flooring for two tech rooms in the high school, at a cost of $5,327. Both of these expenditures will also come from the PLGIT fund.

The school bus runs, as well as bus drivers, for the 2017-18 school year, were approved for Fairview and Rice elementaries, the Crestwood secondary campus, and for St. Jude’s School. The runs will be posted on the district’s website, www.csdcomets.org,and published in local papers no later than Aug. 23.

Payment was approved for the purchase of “Hands On” science/ STEM modules for grades 4 to 6, from Delta Education, at a cost of $16,134 for Fairview Elementary and $15,407 for Rice Elementary. Payment was also approved for $18,750 to VLN Services for its use as a cyber-school alternative.

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