Crestwood gets a good financial rating

By NANCY ZEMAN nzeman@prairiepress.net
Posted 2/17/20

The Crestwood Unit 4 school district earned a 3.9 score and the recognition designation by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Crestwood school board members learned during the Wednesday, Feb. …

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The Crestwood Unit 4 school district earned a 3.9 score and the recognition designation by the Illinois State Board of Education, the Crestwood school board members learned during the Wednesday, Feb. 12, meeting.

Crestwood Superintendent of Schools Danette Young delivered the good news to the school board from the district’s auditor Jim Motley.

“That’s a great number for us,” she said, noting the top score is 4.0.

The school board spent the majority of the 45-minute meeting hearing a presentation from Orry Cummings, who represents SmartWatt, discussing how the company can help the district on energy savings.

“It is a guaranteed savings,” Cummings explained.

The company has completed a quick facility assessment with Young and maintenance director Josh McCarty. Cummings complemented McCarty and the school board, noting much of the low-hanging fruit projects have been completed.

A major concern, however, is the school’s HVAC and the asbestos covered steam delivery system throughout the building, he said. Instead of tackling a huge asbestos abatement program, SmartWatt recommends installing roof top units for heating and cooling and eliminating the window air conditioners.

Other potential savings may be realized from the school’s plumbing system as well as through water conservation and water heater. Cummings said a more extensive study must be done.

He noted SmartWatt is now working with the Edgar County Board and projects are underway at the Edgar County Courthouse, the jail and other county properties.

The board also discussed a proposed asbestos abatement of a floor on the second level of the school. Young suggested the board table the action at McCarty’s recommendation. The maintenance director said he is talking to a county flooring company whose owner recommended a vinyl product that is only a fraction of the cost of the epoxy that previously was being

considered by the school district.

In other business, the board:

-Approved a life safety amendment to replace the exterior doors of the school and transition to key fobs from keys.

-Approved Chad Beals as a volunteer boys basketball coach.

-Heard this weekend the junior high is presenting “Frozen Jr.” at the Paris Center of Fine Arts. The entire school attended a preview of the production Thursday.

-Heard the district’s finances are right on track.