At a special board meeting held last week, the Crestwood Local School Board voted unanimously to hire Michelle Gerbrick as the new Principal at Crestwood Intermediate School. Superintendent David Toth recommended Gerbrick for the position, sharing that her extensive background in instructional leadership, especially in technology would make her a huge asset to the District. Gerbrick formerly worked as part of the Technology Research and Integration Team for grades K through five at Aurora City Schools.
Gerbrick joins newly hired Crestwood Primary School Principal Cindy Ducca, who joined the District in early July. Ducca, in an excerpt from a letter posted on the Crestwood Schools website this week, stated, “My family and I are very excited to be a part of Crestwood Local Schools. I believe that our community values of honesty, integrity and accountability are the key to our students’ success. I look forward to an excellent school year!”
To meet the new Principals and new Superintendent, or to connect with friends before the new school year starts, plan to attend Crestwood Community Days on August 17th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event will feature family-friendly games and prizes as well as concessions for sale by the PTO and area churches. Community Days will also showcase booths from various local organizations and activities, and provide kids with the opportunity to tour a police car and fire truck. In addition, the Portage County Sheriff’s Office Canine Unit will conduct a demonstration.
The Mantua American Legion & Crestwood Schools will also be on hand accepting donations to ‘Stuff the Bus” with school supplies for the area’s needy children. In addition, representatives from the 4Cs food cupboard will be on hand to accept non-perishable food donations, as well. The event will be held at Crestwood Primary & Intermediate Schools on Bowen Road in Mantua.
Lastly, Crestwood families should mark their calendars for the Open House event on Monday, August 26th. Crestwood Primary & Intermediate Schools will be open from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, while Crestwood Middle School & High Schools will be open from 6:00 until 8 pm.  For more information on these and other Crestwood School events, visit the District website at