New psychologist joins Crestwood school

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The Crestwood school board hired a new school psychologist and set eighth grade graduation during a short monthly board meeting Wednesday, March 13, at the school.

On the recommendation of Crestwood Superintendent of Schools Danette Young, the board approved a 40-day contract for the 2019-2020 school year with Mel Titus, who also works in the Villa Grove school district.

Eighth grade graduation was set at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 23. Young said the PHS graduation is May 24 and the eighth grade trip is the previous day.

Young reported the district still has not received a transportation payment from the state but that it has been vouchered. The budget is on track, she said.

In other business, the board:

-Approved the fuel bid with Effingham Equity.

-Heard the dates for IAR testing, which will conclude before spring break.

nHeard the district’s preschool testing as successful with 62 students participating. Young said 40 students — including 26 new students — will participate in Project Help next year.

-Congratulated girls basketball coach Missy Tingley for being selected as the Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame Coach of the Year from the area division.

-Thanked Horizon Health and WTWO for the donation of 500 books to the school.

-Accepted the resignation of Amy McClain as the school’s volleyball coach.

-Congratulated Megan Lindsay’s fifth grade class for winning the local EIT Rube Goldberg Competition.

-Accepted the resignations of Megan Lindsay and Hannah Howe as elementary teachers, effective at the end of the school year.

-Hired Melanie Johnson to help with mowing and outside grounds work.

nApproved family medical leave for Kristen Trogdon beginning May 20.