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Welcome Deb Armbruster, Treasurer/CFO Deb



  • Ashland University - Ohio State Treasurer’s License
  • American Public University - Bachelor in Business Administration, Summa Cum Laude
  • University of Phoenix - Strategic Planning, Business Analysis, Entrepreneurship 
  • Lakeland Community College - Associate of Applied Business Degree, Major in Computer Science Minor in Accounting




  • 2018 – Present - Treasurer/CFO, Crestwood Local Schools
  • 2015 – 2018 - Administrative Assistant to the Treasurer, South Euclid-Lyndhurst Schools
  • 2013 – 2015 - Assistant to the Treasurer, Chardon Local Schools
  • 2008 – 2013 - Payroll/Benefit Specialist – Tech Advocate, Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools
  • 2005 – 2015 - IT Specialist/Administrative Assistant to the Fiscal Officer, Claridon Township


Born and raised in Bainbridge Township on a horse farm, spent fourteen years in computer programming designing business applications, and owned a successful construction business.  My husband and I have four amazing children, and two wonderful grandchildren.  Our two boys are both serving in the great United States Air Force - National Guard. 

Superintendent's Communication



I recently had some questions in regards to the paving that was completed at the high school.  I have linked the proposals that were voted on at the August 14, 2018 board meeting. The areas that were approved to be repaved are pictured in the proposals as areas A and B.   These were completed as approved in August. Area C, as designated in the proposal, or the high school parking lot area, has yet to be completed and has not been presented to the board.  At this time, there is no money in the budget to complete this task. To repair area C (high school parking lot), just the loop or driveway that circles the parking lot, would be an estimated $25,000.  This does not include where the parking spaces are located. We will cold patch, as best we can the rough areas, but the cold patch is just a quick fix. Tallmadge Asphalt recommended, because of our limited budget, resurfacing the areas that are driven on the most and cold patching the parking areas. This is due to the fact that people only park there, as opposed to being heavily traveled driveways or passageways. To get an idea of the total cost to fix and pave the entire district, I have linked an assessment completed in 2017 by IAP Government Services Group  (http://iap-gsg.com). This was a free district assessment of our paved areas and the cost to maintain and upgrade them. We wanted to have a general idea of the costs moving forward. As you can see in that estimate, they recommended a total reconstruction of the high school parking lot at a cost of $491,622.00 in the year 2021. IAP's estimate for a 10-year upgrade plan was $3,065,604.00 for all of our paved areas. Of course, construction costs typically increase two to three percent a year.


Employees of the Month


Congratulations to Crestwood School's employees Beth Marlow and Heidi Duke for being chosen "Employee of the Month" by the district administrative team for the month of October. Beth and Heidi were recognized at the October board meeting for their dedication and commitment to Crestwood Schools.  

Substitute Bus Drivers Needed busdriversneede

A valid Commercial Drivers License (CDL) is recommended but not required. We can train you to get a Class B CDL with School Bus and Passenger endorsements.  No cost for pre-employment physical,drug test and School Bus Driver class. We will provide a school bus and a trainer.


Application Procedure: Apply Online


Questions: Call Sharon at 330.357.8206 ext. 6051

Coffee Talk


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Join Crestwood


David Toth

for a Coffee Talk

with Community Members

and Local Business Owners


Mr. David Toth, Superintendent of the Crestwood Schools, will host Coffee Talk sessions throughout the school year. This is for business owners and community members to visit with Mr. Toth as he shares current events and future plans of the district. It is also a time for attendees to ask questions and provide input.


The first Coffee Talk will be on Wednesday, September 26, 2018, from 7:30-9:30 am in the Superintendent’s Office located at 11260 Bowen Road Mantua.

Welcome Back!

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High School  and Middle School   

Thursday, August 23rd  5-7pm



Intermediate School  and Primary School   

Thursday, August 23rd  4-6pm



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High School  and Middle School Students First Day Monday, August 27th



Intermediate School  and Primary School

First Day for Students with the Last Name beginning with A-M:  Monday, August  27th


First Day for Students with the Last Name beginning with N-Z:  Tuesday, August 28th


All Students Attend:  Wednesday, August 29th



Annual Community Pep Rally and Stuff the Bus August 19th

You’re Invited to a Community Pep Rally on Sunday, August 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Crestwood High School Football Stadium.  Come help us cheer on our teams.


If you would like to participate in “Stuff the Bus”  American Legion Post 193 will be collecting school supplies and non-perishable items for our local food pantry starting at 6:30 p.m. in front of the stadium.


Looking forward to seeing your family on August 19th at the Annual Crestwood Community Pep Rally.

Surround Care 2018 -2019


Dear Crestwood families,

Welcome to the Crestwood Elementary Surround Care Program. This program is initiated under the guidance of the Crestwood Local School Board. Our goal is to provide dependable and economical child care for working parents, a pleasant informal atmosphere where children feel safe and accepted, and a setting where positive attitudes are stressed for children in grades PreK through 6.

This year we will be in a classroom, RM 125 in the first hallway next to pupil services. We will have the buzzer installed, like you have used at the other end of the building. Our program is a self-supporting one, which means program fees are used to cover all costs. Keep in mind that each A.M. and P.M. Surround Care session must sell enough hours to meet the financial needs of the program. The number of staff is based according to the number of children and hours sold. It is with these expenses in mind that program fees are set.

Thank you for using the Crestwood Elementary Surround Care Program. We are happy to be of service to our Crestwood community. Please read the remainder of the information contained in this handbook to familiarize yourself with other aspects of our program.


Kimberly Ule,
Surround Care Director
330 977 0092

Earning an Ohio High School Diploma for the Class of 2019 and Beyond  Earning an Ohio High School Diploma for the Class of 2019 and Beyond
2018-2019 OHSAA Physical Form

Click here to download the 2018-2019 OHSAA Physical form. Note that this form has a statement in red text at the top of the first page addressing that it is no longer the OHSAA standard. OHSAA has provided Ohio school districts an optional online physical form that Crestwood will not utilize this school year. Please complete the paper form, have a physician complete and sign it, and return it to the athletic office prior to the first scheduled practice of your child's sport. Please note that student-athletes who do not have a completed, updated physical form on file will not be permitted to practice.

Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc. 2018 Summer Food Program for Children

The Community Action Council of Portage County, Inc. is sponsoring the Summer Food Program for Children at sites around Portage County. The program is funded through the US Department of Agriculture, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Community Action Council of Portage County. Any child age 1 to 18 can receive a FREE, nutritious lunch and breakfast (at most sites) at one of the agency’s 10 open sites located throughout Portage County.  NO PAPERWORK IS REQUIRED.  All sites will be closed on July 4, 2018.  


Crestwood Scarlet Guard Alumni!

Attention Crestwood Scarlet Guard Alumni!  The current CSG Band Members and Band Boosters will be hosting an alumni night on Friday, September 7th (Potato Festival Weekend).  Please come and join the current CSG and perform under those Friday night lights one more time.  All of the information you need is at the top of the form that is linked below.  Please share the link with friends and family so we can have a large representation of how important music education is in our lives and the lifelong memories and relationships it creates!  The form: https://goo.gl/forms/Z1atLUKp6Ph22AH02

Middle School PenOhio State Qualifiers PenOhio state qualifiers

Congratulations to our PenOhio State Qualifiers who will travel to The College of Wooster on May 24 for the PenOhio writing tournament. There they will compete against the top writers in Ohio!


   We are so proud of 7th grader Gabby Opalanko and 8th graders Elizabeth O’Bryant, Emily Marek, and Allie Owen!

School Finance Presentation at March 27, 2018 Board Meeting


Board Meeting Video


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Crestwood Destination Imagination 2018


Dear Community and Staff:

No one likes to see people lose their jobs and suffer. This affects many people in the school district and some of our educational programming. All this makes these decisions very difficult.


Every district has unique circumstances.  In Crestwood's situation every two years we are at the mercy of the state reducing our funds.  The last biennium budget we lost roughly 550,000 dollars. This coupled with rising operating cost, deficit spending, and a significant Loss of 583 students over the last 10 years led to the decision to reduce our budget by 1.4 million dollars.


Unfortunately similar to most school districts, over 80% of our expenditures are in personnel.  So a significant portion, or 57%, of the reductions are personnel reductions. So without any additional revenue, these reductions were needed and, historically and recently, we have not been successful at the ballot box in seeking additional revenue.


I am sorry for the effect this has on our district and community.


Thank you,


David M. Toth


Funding Our Schools Crestwood Local Schools

Funding Our Schools

Our office receives many inquiries concerning school levies and their effect on property tax bills. This section is intended to help answer questions about the need for, and the timing of, school levies. 

Crestwood Local Schools Happy Trails Summer Camp June 4, 2018 to August 22, 2018 camp

Happy Trails Summer Camp at Crestwood Elementary operates Monday-Friday EXCEPT July 4th. This camp is open to any child K through 5th grade or ages 5-12. If your child has any special needs please call Kim Ule to discuss how our program could fit the needs of your student.


Summer Camp Hours

6:30am – 6:00pm



Full Time $140  Part Time $105

Per week per child

An additional 10% discount for multiple children


Camp Information Packet and Registration

WINTER BREAK - Dec 21st through Jan 1st (return to school on Tuesday, January 2nd)

2018-2019 Kindergarten Packets are Available At The Primary School and online

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Kindergarten Registration 

Crestwood Primary School 


Tuesday, May 8th  - 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 


Kindergarten Registration Packet

Earth Day Celebration April 27th at CPS 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm Earth Day

Earth  Day Items Needed:


  • Short Glass Jars with openings large enough for Tealights                                                                      
  • Yoplait or Dannon/Activia yogurt containers 


Collection Bins at the Primary School Office


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Please wash out and clean completely with labels removed


Earthday Shirt Order Form

Presentation by Board President December 12, 2017 Board Meeting

Crestwood High School Receives National Athletic Trainers’ Association ‘Safe Sports School’ Award

Program recognizes high schools that help to keep young athletes safe. Congratulations to our outstanding student athletes, coaches, volunteers and families for your support and respective role in this achievement! Click Here to view the press release.

Presentation from December 12, 2017 Board Meeting On Possible $1.5 Million Cost Reductions

Join Crestwood Superintendent, David Toth for a Coffee Talk with Community Members and Local Business Owners red devils

Mr. David Toth, Superintendent of the Crestwood Schools, will host Coffee Talk sessions throughout the school year. This is for business owners and community members to visit with Mr. Toth as he shares current events and future plans of the district. It is also a time for attendees to ask questions and provide input.


April 12, 2018, 7:30 am-9:30 am • Superintendent’s Office Located at the Intermediate School.   



Board Meeting Scheduled for Tuesday, December 12th at 7:00 PM at CPS Cafeteria


Board Meeting Agenda

Emergency School Closing Procedures Emergency school closing procedures


With winter weather approaching, the pos­sibility of school closings is upon us. Closings due to inclement weather or other emergencies are broadcast on all local radio and television stations. We ask that parents avoid calling the schools or stations since incoming calls tie up phones and delay notification.


Decisions on whether or not to close schools due to snow or extreme cold are often difficult since forecasts about if and when bad weather will arrive are often inaccurate. Periodically, forecasts are definitive enough that school can be called off in time for the nightly news. Most of the time, however, the decision is based on reports from district supervisors who are assigned the task of driving our roads between 4 a.m. and 5 a.m. on the days that bad weather is forecast. We attempt to contact all TV stations as early as we can so that parents can get the information they need in a timely manner.


In addition to snow, wind chill factors can also be a determining factor. A wind chill of more than 15 degrees below zero brings consideration for closing school due to the large number of students that wait outdoors for buses in our district. Safety is our greatest concern! The most difficult situation is when bad weather arrives immediately after the decision is made to keep schools open. In such cases, we respect the right of parents to make their own decisions based on neighborhood road and weather conditions. If it becomes necessary to make up school days, the school calendar may be amended using hours at the end of the school year.


An additional tool called Black Board Connect may also be used to contact parents who are part of that system. If you did not sign-up for the Black Board Connect system please contact your child’s principal for details. 

Two-Hour Delay Procedures (if Needed)

Dear Crestwood Families,



Living in Northeastern Ohio presents our school district with many challenges dealing with adverse weather. Often, severe conditions at 6:00 am are much improved one or two hours later making it safe to continue school activities. With this being said - our school district may use the option of a two-hour delay start to the school day for inclement weather or other emergencies.  By using the “two-hour delay”, we may be able to have school and avoid making up any school hours.

The need to close or delay the opening of our schools for the safety of students and staff is a decision we take very seriously. We understand students are better served both academically and socially by being in school, however, student and staff welfare is our top priority.

The following procedures will be implemented for a two-hour delay start situation:



Two-Hour Delay Procedures (if Needed)

The superintendent, in conjunction with other school officials, will strive to make a decision by 6:00am to either close or delay the opening of school and will announce it to the radio and television media and send out a Blackboard Connect message as in the past.

When a two-hour delay announcement is made, continue to listen to the radio and television for updated information. If conditions deteriorate, a decision will be made to close school for the day by 7:45 A.M. and you will receive a Blackboard Connect call.




What is the Flu?

The flu is an illness caused by flu viruses. The flu may make people cough and have a sore throat and fever. They may also have a runny or stuffy nose, feel tired, have body aches, or show other signs they are not well. The flu happens every year and is more common in the fall and winter. People of all ages can get the flu, from babies and young adults to the elderly. 
How does the flu spread?

People who have the flu can spread the virus by coughing or sneezing. Droplets released when a sick person coughs, sneezes, or talks can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby. The droplets can also be inhaled into the lungs. People may also catch the flu by touching their mouth or nose after touching something with the virus on it, such as doorknobs, tables or an infected person’s dirty hand. 

How long can a person with the flu spread the virus to other people? 
Most people may be able to spread the flu from 1 day before showing symptoms to 5-7 days after symptoms begin. Severely sick people or young children may be able to spread the flu longer.



If you are worried that your child or family member is showing symptoms of flu, please take them to the doctor. If you need help finding a doctor, your school health nurse can advise you. 


Influenza (FLU) Information click here