SPRINGFIELD TWP.  Springfield Local School District Treasurer Chris Adams reported good news regarding the district's financial audit and explained how the process works during the March Board of Education meeting.

Adams said the State Treasurer's Office brings in three to five auditors, who sit down with him for a period of three weeks and go over financial records.

"What they are trying to do is to make sure you are complying with all the school laws and that everything is ethical and right," said Adams, who said he takes great pride in that and also praised the "great staff."

Adams said the district budgets each month to the penny.

"We know that Springfield Local Schools is solid with the Auditor's Office," he said. "We want them to like us and not worry about us."

Also during the meeting, the Board of Education approved a five-year contract extension for Adams.

"It is hard to imagine that when this contract is over, I will have served this great community for 14 years," he said. "That is a long time for a treasurer to be around."

Students recognized

Computer Technology Teacher Rob Lane recently made a presentation during a session on using coding in the classroom at NEONET Technology Integrations Conference held at Kent State. In addition to his presentation, two junior high students, Amani Chava and Anthony Frankowski, participated in the robotics competition. The students earned second and third place. It was their first year participating.

Superintendent Chuck Sincere presented Chava and Frankowski with certificates from the competition.

"What a great expiernce it was to see these students up there at the university participating," Sincere said. 

Lane said these students have a lot of potential.

Sincere also spoke about the multimedia students at Springfield High School who created a video to promote Martin Luther King's message "Be the light to drive out darkness."

There were more than 900 entries from Ohio students for the video portion of the contest, 17 winners were chosen and recognized at an awards assembly in Columbus, including two from Springfield High School, Sophia Marcum and Marissa Fuller. Gov. John Kasich and Lt. Governor Mary Taylor, a Springfield High School graduate, signed their certificates.

"It was exciting to see the students compete at this level and the creativity they showed," said Sincere. The video the students made was shown during the meeting.

Progess update

A Spring Hill academic progress update was given by the student leadership team, part of the Leader In Me program, and the building (teacher) leadership team. The students introduced themselves and related what their favorite healthy habit was.

Principle David Jurmanovich introduced the building leadership team. He commented that there are 448 students that attend the school and the staff is working on creating better attendance. They have found if a student misses one day, they have lost that lesson forever.

"The teachers can give them a mini lesson, but when they aren't here in their seats learning they can't recoup that," he said.

They have noticed by starting the Leader in Me and the wellness breakfast there has been an increase on those days.

"We are trying to shoot for more leadership days throughout the week," Jurmanovich said.

In other news:

- Business Manager Dustin Boswell reported the food service had a good month in February and the district was in the black by $2,200. March, however, may be different as there were two snow days.

All full-time food employees will be attending a Serve Safe Food safety program at the University of Akron.

"We just got our first delivery from the Department of Defense of fresh food and vegetables," Boswell said. "The cooks were very impressed with the quality," said Boswell, adding the district will use commodity dollars with the program. He noted that 55 percent district wide are on the free or reduced lunch program.

- Boswell said the Safety Town Program is scheduled for August 8, 9 and 10 at the high school. Registration will be given to parents once the kindergarten registration is complete.

- Sincere spoke about former teacher and board member Robert Collins, who recently passed away. "He is going to missed and our thoughts go out to his family."

- Sincere said kindergarten registration that it is open now. If a parent has a child that will be five by Aug. 1, they  should go to Spring Hill or Young Elementary to pick a kindergarten packet to start the process. Once they are registered, they will receive more information about Safety Town.

In personnel items, the board:

- Approved the retirement/resignation of teacher Cheryl Anderson effective July 1, 2018, and the employment of Teresa Watkins as a classified substitute and for the Everyday Reading Program at Spring Hill Elementary. Also approved was an unpaid leave of absence for classified employee Kelli Williams through the end of the 2016-17 school year and Jamie Keller beginning once sick time has been exhausted through the end of the 2016-17 school year.

- Approved administrative contracts for Brad Beun, director of special services; Jurmanovich, Spring Hill Elementary principal; Jeff Miller, Schrop Intermediate assistant principal; and Danielle Starkey, Springfield High School and Junior High assistant principal.

- Approved two memorandums of understanding with The University of Akron and Stark State College for the College Credit Plus program and a service agreement with Professional Nursing Services (PNS) to provided necessary nursing services.

- The Board approved a resolution accepting the amounts and rates as determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the county fiscal officer.

- Accepted an anonymous donation of $325 for the eighth-grade field trip to Washington, D.C. and a $500 stipend from the Summit Education Initiative to Spring Hill Elementary.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m. April 11 at Young Elementary School.