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Crestwood board debates status of girls basketball coach

Many parents and students voice support for retaining Isiah Walker.

April 18. 2013 11:46PM
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WRIGHT TWP. — The Crestwood School Board on Thursday discussed the possible dismissal of girls varsity basketball coach Isiah Walker at its regular meeting in front of a packed house of concerned residents.

The move was proposed by board member Ken Malkemes. A number of parents and students voiced their opposition to Walker’s firing.

Superintendent Dave McLaughlin-Smith said the issue was a confidential personnel matter and could not, by federal law, be discussed in a public forum. No decision on the matter was reached and the board agreed to further discussion in executive session.

In other business, the board:

* Approved the custodial services contract for the upcoming year with Facilities Management Systems at a total annual cost of $106,500.

* Agreed to hire Bayada Nurse Staffing to provide supplemental nursing care to students when the school nurse is not available at a cost of $47 per hour.

* Approved Geisinger Wyoming Valley to provide supplemental athletic training at an hourly cost of $35.

* Discussed the option of selling the district’s delinquent tax receipts to a third party collection agency and tabled the matter until an undetermined future date.

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