Crestwood
SWEARING IN CEREMONY-Newly-elected members of the Crestwood School Board were sworn in Dec. 7 by Luzerne County Judge Richard Hughes. Shown taking the oath, from left, are: Randy Swank, Barry Boone, Maureen McGovern, Anna Hollock Bibla, and James Costello.

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orchestra. She went on that the boys’ varsity soccer team won the district championship this year and that seven players were named as all starts. Students are working hard to present Crestwood’s high school musical, Guys and Dolls, and are ready for the weekend showings, Gregory added.

Senior Matt Brunetti presented to the board his idea, under the direction of art teacher Crystal Lovett, called “Crestwood’s Winter Wonderland.” For a fee that will contribute to the school’s art department, in the way of scholarships or art trips, Brunetti and other students will paint the windows of local businesses with Christmas or holiday scenes, from wreaths, trees, and menorahs to Santas and gingerbread men.

Local business owners have already expressed enthusiasm for the idea, Brunetti said, and the cost, which includes paint removal in January, is $25 for one window or $80 for four windows. “There’s a tremendous amount of talent in our art program and this is a way to spread that talent and make some money for the school,” Brunetti related.

In other business, the board approved refunding to five different property owners for the overpayment of school taxes and made a “correction of error” to one property owner for the years 2012 to 2016, in amounts ranging from $22 to $40. Jones questioned why Crestwood has so many of these tax appeals on its agenda. Board Attorney Jack Dean stated that a slew of tax appeals has cropped up, not just in Crestwood but in districts all over the area. “This is not uncommon for this time of year and it’s not unique to our school district,” Dean said.

Several part-time teacher’s aides were approved. Two were for the secondary campus, three were for Rice Elementary, one for Fairview Elementary, and one to work in the students’ home.

Gregory’s role of acting athletic director was approved for July 1, 2017 to Oct. 4, 2017, at a pro-rated salary amount based on the $20,000 stipend for athletic director approved in September. Two coaching positions were approved for the spring of 2018. Allison Button will be a volunteer assistant cheer coach and Jeff Bellas will be an assistant middle school boys’ basketball coach. Also, two athletic training interns were approved for the spring. Justin Foster and Caitlin Hargrave will both work 315 hours at King’s College.

The school calendar was amended to include a full Act 80 Day on Feb. 2, 2018 for the purpose of professional development. Students will not report that day. Graduation was set for Sunday, June 10, 2018, at 2 p. m., at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre.

The board also approved the calendar for board meetings in 2018, with most meetings occurring on the third Thursday of the month and the next meeting scheduled for Jan. 18.