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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield Board of Education prepares for new building

  • The Springfield Board of Education approved a bid package for the demolition of the district's old high school at its Dec.17 meeting.
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  • The Springfield Board of Education approved a bid package for the demolition of the district's old high school at its Dec.17 meeting.
    The package includes phase-3 abatement – the final step before the old buildings come down. Business Manager Dan Laskos said the moving of items from both Spring Hill Junior High and Springfield High School will take place over the district's winter break. Students will come back to their new, state-of-the-art school after Christmas.
    Schedule changes to the start of school after the holidays have changed. Students attending Schrop, Roosevelt and Young schools will go back to school on Jan. 6. Those students attending the junior high and high school will start back on Jan. 7.
    Laskos said the district has added two more buses to the fleet to accommodate the new building. Bus routes can be found on the district's website.
    "Every building has been effected by this (new school)," Laskos said. He cautioned parents that their children could be affected by a change in the bus schedule even if they do not attend the new school.
    With the old building still standing for now, parking at the new building is limited. Student parking will be cut by about 45 percent, leaving only 85 student parking spaces. Principal Cynthia Frola said students with after-school sports and activities and those with partial school days will have the first priority for a space. Some passes will be revoked.
    With limited parking, Laskos asked parents not to drop off their students at the front lot until after 7:10 a.m. in order to allow the buses to get in and out. After school, parents were asked not to come to the front lot until after 2:45 p.m.
    A shuttle bus will provide transportation to Lakemore Plaza to meet parents as well. Information for parking, pickup and drop-off can be found on the district's website.
    Superintendent William Stauffer addressed the situation in his remarks and stressed that the issues are a short-term concern.
    "We just need to get through the next six months," Stauffer said.
    A memorandum of understanding with Portage Lakes Career Center was approved for the purpose of complying to the new law stating board members for vocational schools are to be from the business community. Prior to the new law, which will be in effect in January, board members were made up of local school board members, which included Coventry, Green, Manchester and Springfield.
    OTHER BUSINESS
    The board also:
    - Elected board member Bobby Dinkins as president pro-tem for the Jan. 7 organizational meeting, where three new board members will be sworn in and a new president and vice president will be elected.
    - Approved an agreement with the Springfield Township trustees and the Village of Lakemore in support of a bike and hike trail that would connect Lakefront Park in Springfield to Water Works Park in Lakemore and the high school campus. The board agreed to provide public access to the trail through its high school property connecting at the school property located on Seneca Avenue.
    Page 2 of 2 - The board's next meeting will be an organizational meeting at 6 p.m. on Jan. 7 at the new school located on Canton Road, with the regular meeting to follow at 7 p.m.