Crestview Treasurer Ashley Whetsel swears in returning board members Brad Perrott, John Auld, and Andy Perrott Monday evening during the district's organizational meeting. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)
Crestview Treasurer Ashley Whetsel swears in returning board members Brad Perrott, John Auld, and Andy Perrott Monday evening during the district's organizational meeting. (DHI Media/Sherry Missler)

By Sherry Missler

Times Bulletin Staff Writer

smissler@timesbulletin.com

CONVOY — John Auld was once again elected president of the Crestview Board of Education during the Board's organizational meeting Monday evening. Lori Bittner was named vice president. Board members will retain the positions they had last year, except Andy Perrott was named OSBA Capital Conference delegate and John Auld is the conference alternate. Following the organizational meeting, the board held a quick budget hearing which was followed by the regular January Board meeting.

This meeting began with Superintendent Kathy Mollenkopf presenting the Board members with certificates honoring them for their service to the district as January is School Board Recognition Month.

During the Focus on Education segment, Director of Technology Shane Leeth and Middle School Principal Trent Kreischer spoke on virtual technology available at the school. Kreischer explained that when he served in the Curriculum Coordinator's position there was science funding available for the district and after consultation with Leeth, he decided to purchase Google Expedition virtual reality glasses. The pair provided glasses to those attending the meeting and demonstrated how they were used during class time. He said the glasses were used to provide students virtual field trips and teachers were not required to spend time putting a program together.

Leeth said teachers search for trips that correspond with what the students are covering in their textbooks. "They will then request that I bring in the kit and then take these virtual field trips," he said. The teacher has a pad with the lesson scripted out with questions to ask as well as things students should focus on. Leeth said, "It's a really nice platform. We use it pretty regularly, probably at least a couple of times in nine weeks in different grade levels."

Kreischer emphasized the importance of these devices saying, "Research indicates that a child's vocabulary development is highly based on experience. This allows them to actually do the next best thing to being there. They gather more experiences to increase vocabulary. This gives you another avenue to engage students in meaningful experiences that will directly tie to curriculum but also to their experiences."

In other matters, the Board:

Accepted with thanks a donation from the Mary E. Marxen Scholarship Fund totaling $13,333.33 for music curriculum and from the Norman L. Marxen Scholarship Fund totaling $13,333.33 for science curriculum.

Approved a proposal to renew membership with Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) as presented.

Approved a resolution opposing the State of Ohio EdChoice Scholarship (Voucher) Program.

The Board concluded by going into executive session. No action was taken.

The next regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Education is set for Feb. 17 beginning at 6 p.m. in the Board of Education Administrative Office.