Crestwood settles money matters

By NANCY ZEMAN nzeman@prairiepress.net
Posted 9/14/20

The Crestwood Unit 4 school board approved its 2020-2021 budget and awarded the district’s insurance contract during its September meeting Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the library at the …

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Crestwood settles money matters

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The Crestwood Unit 4 school board approved its 2020-2021 budget and awarded the district’s insurance contract during its September meeting Wednesday, Sept. 9, in the library at the school.

The budget was unanimously approved by the board with Crestwood Superintendent of Schools Danette Young noting in the financial update everything is on track so far in the school year.

The board also unanimously approved awarding the district’s insurance contract to Dimond Bros. of Paris. The difference in the bids, according to Young, was the earthquake coverage. Dimond Bros. offered full coverage — nearly $26 million.

Board member Kit Kirby noted, who is a loss prevention specialist at CCMSI and works with both industry and school districts, said she would never recommend her clients take less than full coverage. “The cost is not that much more,” she noted. “I feel like we need to protect this building.”

Board president Jim Blue agreed, noting, “For about $3,000 ,it’s a no-brainer.”

In making the motion to award the contract, board member Jarrod Dyer said Dimond Bros. is a local business and provides the full coverage needed.

In other business the board:

-Heard total enrollment for the district is down slightly with 445 students at Crestwood and 189 students at PHS.

-Announced staff development is planned Oct. 9 with a virtual county institute. There will be 11 school districts attending.

-Congratulated the elementary and junior high on being recognized as PBIS Platinum Schools.

-Congratulated Jim Bluer for being recognized as a master board member by the Illinois Association of School Boards.

-Heard first reading on several updated board policies provided by the IASB.

-Heard all Crestwood elementary and junior high students will receive a free breakfast and lunch through a waiver made available by the USDA through Dec. 31, 2020.

-Thanked Danita Lewis (handmade masks) and Brenda Wright (disposable masks) for their donations.

-Thanked Prospect Bank for donating water bottles.

-Thanked Dimond Bros. for purchasing lanyards for all students and staff and baseball hats for the school team. Reward toys were also donated to the school from the former Red’s Fun Zone.

-Thanked the Magers and Kirby families for donating decorated sugar cookies for the staff.

-Acknowledged the receipt of $2,857.15 from EnerStar and Edgar County Community Foundation to be used for COVID-19 expenses.

-Extended thanks to Kale Livesay for grilling out for a boys baseball game and On the Track Café for supplying the hot dogs.

-Accepted the resignation of Dave Tingley as volunteer baseball coach.