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I am truly honored to have earned the support of our community and to have been elected to a seat on the Crestwood School Board.  I want to thank everyone who took the time to learn about my vision for our community, and in return, provided me with the opportunity to listen and learn from them.

I want to congratulate the other board members elected last night - Mr. Barry Boone, Mrs. Maureen McGovern, Mr. Randy Swank, and Mrs. Anna Hollock-Bibla. I look forward to working with you as well as the other board members, administration, educators, and support staff members of the district.

Most importantly, I’m looking forward to working with all of you, the community.  I will ensure that you have a voice in the decision making process, that the lines of communication are always open and that my decisions provide a quality education that is focused on student achievement for every student. Equally important is ensuring that decisions I make are fiscally responsible and will not unnecessarily burden our taxpayers.

Thank you for this humbling opportunity, and I look forward to serving the wonderful people of the Crestwood School District - James Costello 


I am in this race to represent our children’s educational future as well as our community by helping to build an educational system for the 21st century that focuses on student achievement while assuring fiscal responsibility and sound judgment of tax payers’ dollars.

My vision of our school board is one that will focus on student achievement for all students through a quality educational environment that involves the community while assuring our stakeholders that decisions are executed with fiscal responsibility and sound judgment.

I am the candidate who will provide you with a voice in the schools and I have a clear vision of how we can work together to achieve the educational goals of our community.


I believe in 4 Core Principles that provide me with a clear vision for the future of the Crestwood School District.

  1. Student Achievement – preparing all students with the skills and knowledge to not only meet the Common Core Standards but to go much further by preparing our students with a balanced curriculum that meets the demands of the 21st century workforce – but not at the expense of the arts, athletics, and extra-curricular activities.

  2. Quality Education – assuring that all of our children have the resources necessary to reach their highest potential in safe, effective, and technology–supported schools.  I will support the continuation and expansion of quality early education programs as well as enhanced educational programs for all of our students.

  3. Community Collaboration - giving everyone in our educational community the opportunity to have their voices heard – this includes all tax payers in our community as well as the parents, teachers, administrators, employees, volunteers, and students within the Crestwood School District.

  4. Fiscal Responsibility with Sound Judgment – assuring that every dollar spent - is spent with purpose - and that we are fiscally conservative with our decision making process while assuring the community that the decision making process is fair and just.   

I believe that these 4 Core Principles will accomplish the criteria set by the Crestwood School District’s Mission as well as the vision our community has for our children’s future.  

I greatly appreciate and thank you for your support and vote - James Costello
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