SPRINGFIELD TWP.  Springfield Board of Education members approved contracts for superintendent Chuck Sincere and treasurer Chris Adams with a 4-1 vote at their April 11 meeting.

Sincere will receive a 5.75 percent raise this coming school year then additional 3 percent raises in August 2018, 2019, 2020. He made $106,120 last year. The raise will increase that to $112,222.

Adams will also receive a 5.75 percent increase taking his salary to $58,665 next schoo year. He will also receive 3 percent increases in 2018, 2019 and 2020.

Board member Dave Hofer said that although he was not against a raise for either Sincere or Adams, he does feel the percentage is too high. 

"It is nothing personal, I believe you have done a very good job," said Hofer. 

The motion passed and at the end of the meeting board president Glenn Wieland said he respects Hofer's opinion and made some counterpoints. In 2010, when Adams’ contract was approved, it was through a partnership with Mogadore Local Schools. He also pointed out that his salary was for the same amount the district paid the treasurer position 25 years ago.

Because of that, Springfield Local was able to save a substantial amount of money, Wieland said. 

"Chris assumed all duties of the treasurer without increasing personnel in the office," Wieland said. "The rate of pay that we paid was equivalent to what we paid our treasurer in the 1991-92 school year, 18 years prior to his hire date."

Every contract except for the superintendent and treasurer in the district have built in guaranteed step raises, according to Wieland. 

"We approve contracts with step raises in them that are greater than these raises," Wieland said. 

He also pointed out that in looking at the superintendent’s salaries, the only two that are less in the county are two retirees who were rehired.

"Based on salaries from the 2014 and 2015 school years, we are still $8,000 to $10,000 less than a handful, and way below the other districts." 

It was also pointed out that Sincere and Adams have committed to staying in the district until they retire.

"We have to pay them to want to stay," board Vice President Larry Petry said. 

In other personnel items, the board accepted the resignation of tutor Kimberly Borcoman, effective the end of the 2016-17 school year, the employment of classified substitutes and a long list of one-year limited contracts for the 2017-18 school year.  

Five-year forecast

Adams reported that the five-year forecast would be presented at the next board meeting. He said the forecast comes out in October and May and at this time the numbers don't look that much different from October.

"We are still very healthy, but we are seeing a decline,” Adams said.

He announced that the district received the Auditor of State Award. Adams believes this is the first time Springfield has received the honor. 

"I can't tell you enough how great the team is," said Adams.

Notable

- Business Manager Dustin Boswell also informed the board  that it is distracted driving awareness month. Statistics report that 1.1 million crashes in 2010 were because of talking on the cell phone, not including texting and emailing. The numbers have increased every year.

“For transportation, we can control our drivers but we can't control others on the road. Our bus drivers are defensive drivers," Boswell said.  

- Young Elementary staff members presented information on student assessments, which begin when students reach the third grade.

"It is extremely important for our teachers to use progress monitoring throughout the kindergarten through third grade years in order to ensure that our students are growing and learning at a pace that gets them ready for the third grade AIR assessments," said Principal Jennifer Ganzer.

Ganzer said one way they do that at Young, is through STAR Testing, which is an online assessment that gives specific data of students’ strengths and weaknesses. Other ways are through running records and benchmarking to continuously measure reading levels, Ohio diagnostic testing to measure whether or not student's writing is on track and through teacher based team data on common assessments. 

In other business, the board:

• Approved a resolution supporting the passage of Issue 9 and urge all voters to vote for the police levy on the May 2 ballot. 

• Approved a service agreement with LLA Therapy to provide licensed speech, physical and occupational therapists and/or assistants effective from Aug. 14 to Aug. 13, 2019.

• Thanked the treasures department for their hard work and congratulated them on the award from the state auditor. Sincere wished good luck to the Springfield High School marching band, which is traveling to Philadelphia and New York City.

The next regular board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. May 16 in the meeting area at the High School/Junior High community room.