SPRINGFIELD TWP. Treasurer Chris Adams presented a mixed update of the district's five-year forecast during the May 16 Springfield Local Schools Board of Education meeting.
Adams said this year's forecast was good and next year's is looking fair, he warns that financial decisions will soon have to be made.
"We are going to have to review every expenditure in the future," Adams said.
He said the reason why the forecast next year doesn't look as strong is due to lack of state funding and renewal levies being more difficult to pass.
"Overall, we are healthy, but there is a gloomy dark cloud out there and its coming, and we are going to have to be aggressive and make strategic decisions in the next year, or year and a half." Adams said. "We are not going into fiscal emergency again, that is not going to happen, we worked too hard to get out of it. We have a great building here. We have to be cautious."
Board members approved the update.
In other news:
- First place winners of the 2017 Summit County Engineer's Bridge Building Contest, Seniors Matthew Jordan and Gabrielle Miller and freshman Colin Leporis, were honored by Summit County Engineer Alan Brubaker at the meeting. The students have the opportunity to receive scholarships due to winning the competition.
- Springfield Junior/Senior High School Principal Shaun Morgan spoke to the board about Academic Assist, a program that offers the opportunity for students to improve their academic standing, and/or citizenship in school. To earn "Academic Privilege," a student needs to receive a 77 percent or higher in all classes, have good school citizenship, have no incompletes on their report cards and have all office paperwork turned in.
- A list of personnel items were approved, including the resignation of Bill Burket from the supplemental contract of Senior Class Advisor, effective April 13 with approval of Matt Graves to receive the remainder of the 2016-17 Senior Class Advisor supplemental contract, effective April 14. Resignations of teacher Daniel Wyant and retirement resignation of classified employee Alice Holmes. Other items were employment reassignments and a contract change for Charlene Maas from an 80-percent contract to a 100-percent contract. Also approved were the hires of a 100-percent speech language pathologist, Ryan Warner as a 100-percent teacher, Dave Bosko as a summer school instructor and the hire of the Extended School Year positions.
- The 2017 Springfield High School graduation list was approved by the board. Superintendent Chuck Sincere congratulated the 188 members of the Class of 2017. He said 88 seniors will graduate with a portfolio from the Portage Lakes Career Center; 44 will graduate with college credits; 68 seniors have participated in competitive athletic programs this year; and the music department has 60 seniors participating, with 38 in band and 22 in choir.
"All these experiences help develop our students," Sincere said. "And when families are engaged, partnered with the schools and the teachers, students attend school more regularly, earn better grades, enroll in higher level programs, have higher graduation rates and are more likely to enroll in post secondary education."
In other business, the board:
- Deemed transportation for the summer Extended School Year (ESY) program to be unreasonable, uneconomical and impractical under present conditions.
- Approved a service agreement with Healthcare Process Consulting (HPC) for the purpose of assisting in managing the district's Ohio Medicaid School Program.
- Approved an extension and amendment to the school bus transportation services agreement between the Springfield Local School District and First Student.
- Approved a service plan contract with the Summit Educational Service Center for the 2017-18 school year and a service contract with the Summit Educational Service Center to provide employment services during the 2017-18 school year, at the cost of salary and benefits, plus any other costs incurred.
- Accepted a donation from Wayne Andrews in the amount of $1,500 to the Softball Team.
- Approved the School Energy Performance Contracting (House Bill 264) Project was as proposed by Energy Optimizers, USA, pending OFCC review and approval. Business Manager Dustin Boswell said he is excited about the project, which will make a change for the schools to use LED lighting. Doing so will save money in electric bills and maintenance costs.
The board went into executive session but no action was taken.
The next Board of Education meeting will be held at 6 p.m. June 20 at the Junior/Senior High School on Canton Road.