Students from Spring Hill Junior High and Springfield High School will start the new year in a brand new building.
At the Nov. 19 Springfield Board of Education meeting, Superintendent William Stauffer announced an altered school calendar for junior high and high school students. Students in those grades will not attend school Dec. 20.
All elementary students will attend school Dec. 20.
After the break, elementary students will begin school Jan. 6. Junior high and high school students will return to school on Jan. 7.
Junior high and high school teachers will return to classrooms on Jan. 6 to unpack and set up.
Several December concerts and programs will be held in the new school before the break.
Business Manager Dan Laskos said district employees have been busy preparing for the move into the new school over the Christmas break.
With House Bill 59, appointments to boards of Joint Vocational Schools have changed. Stauffer said qualifications have changed. A member of a board must have served as a chief financial officer, chief executive officer, human resource manager or other have other business industry experience.
In the past, Springfield has sent representatives from its board of education serve on the board at Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC). Due to the change in the law, representatives can no longer be appointed from board members.
All those wishing to serve on the PLCC board must apply. The Springfield board will appoint two people from those applications. This must take place the first part of January. Applications for the PLCC Board seats are available at www.springfieldspartans.org or by calling the board office.
"I have had the honor of being appointed to the PLCC board for the last four years," Springfield Board President Neal Hess said. "PLCC offers so much more from the educational standpoint than we could have ever done. It is important that we have good, qualified people representing us on the board. I am not a fan of the new state law, but we have no choice and must follow it. It is critical that we find well qualified, passionate people to represent Springfield."
Also on Nov. 19, the board:
- Heard an updated financial report from Treasurer Chris Adams who noted that expenditures are down and new revenue is coming in.
"We are getting a little more money from the state than we did last year," Adams said. "We are up 3 percent on revenues at four months actual and eight months estimate."
- Heard from Stauffer regarding Common Core standards which raises academic standards allowing students to compete globally.
"I would like to go on record to say Common Core is a good thing," Stauffer said. "It is not something that is being forced on us at the federal level. It is a state initiative. It is a matter of trying to raise the bar for our students."
Page 2 of 2 - - Approved a lengthy list of personnel items that included resignations of Don Wallace for his teaching assignments periods three through six. He will continue to teach one class plus the percentage of prep per contract. Other resignations included Billie McQuillen, Melissa Dobbins and retirement resignation of Shirley Huffman. Also, sports supplemental contracts were approved for winter sports.
- Approved a portrait agreement with LifeTouch for Roosevelt students' spring pictures.
- Heard from Roosevelt Elementary principal Mary Meadows regarding its Little Buddies program. Students from the high school are interviewed to be "big buddies" to "little buddies" at Roosevelt. The "big" will help the "little" do homework, have self respect and have someone to talk to if they have problems in school or at home and they provide snacks for the students.
The next Springfield Board of Education meeting is at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17 in the community room of the new high school.