Crestview Local Schools Superintendent Mike Estes holds the Bolo Stick that is being considered as a device to help lockdown the school in the event of any intruder. (DHI Media/Erin Cox)
Crestview Local Schools Superintendent Mike Estes holds the Bolo Stick that is being considered as a device to help lockdown the school in the event of any intruder. (DHI Media/Erin Cox)
CONVOY — The Crestview Board of Education accepted the resignation of Mary Strickler during its regular meeting on Thursday evening.

Strickler is the food service supervisor and is retiring after serving in the district for 30 years. Strickler’s resignation will be effective June 1.

Board members were also informed of an education roundtable that the district administrators have setup for Saturday to discuss various topics with participants including State Senator Cliff Hite, State Representative Craig Riedel and State Board of Education member Lynda Haycock, as well as local parents, students, teachers and administrators.

“We’re really excited about it,” Superintendent Mike Estes said. “We’re going to talk about the issues that affect students. We want to talk about high stakes testing, the local report card, OTES and OPES, the evaluation system for principals and teachers and then graduation requirements.”

During his report, Estes also showed board members a new device the district has been looking into to increase safety at the school. The device called a Bolo Stick is used to lock doors and hold against great amounts of pressure.

“We’re looking for an aid to help us block our doors in case we have an intruder and want to go into a lockdown,” Estes said.

“We’ve been told that it [the Bolo Stick] will be approved by the fire marshal, but we we’re not going to make a purchase until the fire marshal actually comes in,” he added.

United Way Director Vicki Smith attended the meeting to thank Crestview Local Schools for participating in the Rivals United fundraiser in January. The event raised over $14,000 for the United Way to support local agencies and organizations.

In other business, the board approved the purchase of a van to replace the district’s 2004 van. The cost will be $22,519.

A 30-year, 85 percent TIF (Tax Increment Financing) exemption was approved for improvement and construction at Pigtail Farms, LLC, and SRAL, LLC.

Jeff Bagley and Owen Pugh are seeking reemployment with Crestview for the 2017-18 school year. A public session will be held at the March board meeting to consider public input regarding their rehiring.

The board also announced that Crestview Local Schools will offer parents in the district the opportunity to provide recommendations and suggestions for special educational programs and services. Interested individuals can meet with Program Services Director Keith Rydell from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the high school conference room or by scheduling an appointment with Rydell.

The next meeting is set for 6 p.m. March 9.