The Crestview Local Schools Board of Education met Monday evening for its annual reorganization meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)
The Crestview Local Schools Board of Education met Monday evening for its annual reorganization meeting. (DHI Media/Kirsten Barnhart)

CONVOY – The Crestview Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting as well as a budget hearing and regular board meeting on Monday.

The board nominated and elected John Auld as its president and Wes Skelton as the vice president.

The amount of $10,ooo was approved in the establishment of the Board of Education service fund.

The board approved to keep all members in their previous positions and did not make any changes as to how the treasurer and the superintendent may respond outside of regular board meetings.

The organizational meeting adjourned and the budget hearing began.

With only one topic on the agenda, the board approved the fiscal year 2018 tax budget as presented, which acts as “another version of the five year forecast” according to Treasurer Ashley Whetsel.

The board dove straight into the regular board meeting that had a light agenda for the evening.

Superintendent Mike Estes began by thanking the board members, as January is School Board Recognition Month and handed them certificates.

“I believe we have an outstanding district here and it’s a result of everybody, starting with you guys and girls [the board],” said Estes. “It’s just a great place to work, live and raise your kids. We appreciate your input in this process.”

Following the congratulations of the school board, the board accepted almost $25,ooo in donations from various donors to be used as stated.

The administrative reports were light due to school being out near the end of December but Estes did reiterate the idea of working with temporary agencies to find substitute teachers.

“I scheduled to meet with Custom Staffing whose main office is in Lima,” said Estes. “I think we are gonna have to get very creative for something like that to work because there’s got to be a way that they can make a little money through this process otherwise I can’t see them having much interest in it.”

Estes has been talking with the new teaching staff to listen to their joys and concerns and he hopes the new teachers will be with the district for years to come.

The next board meeting will take place on Feb. 16 at 6 p.m.