During its October meeting, the Springfield Board of Education discussed the superintendent's contract and continued construction on the new school building.
For each of the next two years, Springfield Local Superintendent William Stauffer will receive a little more pay and a few more days of vacation.
Board of Education members discussed and amended Stauffer's contract following an executive session Oct. 15. Changes approved by the board involved a 2 percent salary increase and 25 days of vacation for the 2013-2014 and 2014-2015 school years. Previously, Stauffer was set to received a 1.5 percent pay raise and 20 days of vacation.
Also during the meeting, Treasurer Chris Adams reported the five-year forecast is strong.
"Anytime you see a cash balance, it is a good forecast," Adams said.
According to Adams, Springfield Local will recieve $8.5 million from the state this school year, $8.8 million next year and $9 million in 2015-2016.
The district forecast shows a cash balance through 2017 with a deficit beginning in 2018.
According to Stauffer, work in progressing well on the new Springfield School.
"I am happy to say that 30 of the 50 tuned mass dampers have been installed and they do work," Stauffer said. "The difference is dramatic. There is no bounce in those rooms."
He said he has read letters to the editor saying the building was not inspected and that is not true. He has all the documentation showing the multiple times the building has been inspected by Summit County throughout the building process.
"Everybody on this board took the problem seriously and we fixed it correctly," Stauffer said.
Stauffer expects both the high school and junior high to be moved in by Jan. 6.
The board approved a memorandum of understanding with the Springfield Township trustees to build a walking trail on joint properties that include JEDD Park, Schrop School and private land. The board provided $13,500 toward the project and pay for it from the permanent improvement fund.
Trustee Dean Young said the township received a $16,000 grant from the Summit County Health District to begin the trail. The township will also supply an additional $18,000 and labor and equipment.
"The project will be appreciated by students and the community," Young said.
Board President Neal Hess believes the money invested will result in a significant return.
"I think it is important not only for the children from the physical exercise, but I firmly believe physical exercise helps stimulate mental learning," Hess said. "It is a good investment for all the members of our community especially our children."
In other business Oct. 15, the board:
• Heard from Young Elementary School Principal Jenny Ganzer regarding books students have published through a program called Student Treasures.
"It is exciting when we can take the students through the entire writing process to where their books actually get published like they are in the library," said Ganzer.
• Approved a district library coordinator supplemental contract and the employment of multiple educational assistants, monitors and supplemental sports contracts.
• Approved a contract with Summit County Educational Service Center to provide services of an audio visual support specialist for the 2013-2014 school year on an as needed basis.
• Congratulated Schrop Intermediate School which received a $2,500 Run for Something Better grant from IMG.
The next board meeting will be held 6 p.m., Nov. 19 at Roosevelt Elementary School.