SPRINGFIELD TWP.  Retirees were recognized at the June 20 Board of Education meeting. The six retirees had a total of 170 years of experience and each received a gift of a bell.

They were Mary Coomer, bus driver for 30 years; Kathy Dodds, Springfield teacher for 30 years; Janet Greathouse, payroll and insurance was with the district for 30 years; Lloyd Hensley, bus driver for 27 years; Alice Holmes, teaching assistant for 23 years; and Jennifer Radosevic, speech and hearing therapist for 30 years. Superintendent Chuck Sincere congratulated all the retirees and said these are the kind of folks that make Springfield successful.

In other news:

- Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC) Superintendent Benjamin Moore updated the board about new initiatives at the school.

"There is an absolute demand for what we do at the career center," said Moore. "It is not the vocational education that you think of."

Moore showed the increase in enrollment for the last 10 years. As far as Springfield juniors, 53 percent will be attending the career center next school year and that does not include the two programs housed at Springfield High School, which adds another 40 or more.

- Springfield Director of Curriculum Mary Meadows and Director of Special Services Brad Beun spoke to the board about the Edmentum Program, whioch provides a set of tools to move students at their own pace. Beun said they were looking for something to supplement the teachers by targeting the specific needs of students. A service contract with Edmentum was approved by the board. 

- A list of personnel items were approved which included the employment of summer reading teachers, non-sport supplemental contracts, extended time, reassigning Ashley Fraley from teaching 100-percent vocal to 100-percent instrumental music, athletic supplemental contracts and volunteer coaches.

In other business the board:

- Approved membership in the Ohio High School Athletic Association; a service contract with the Summit Educational Service Center to provide preschool evaluation services at $500 per evaluation for the 2017-18 school year; a service contract with KRG Education Services to provide education services in accordance with placement at the Leap Program for the 2017-18 school year; a service agreement with Rea & Associates to prepare the district's annual basic financial statements for the fiscal years ending June 30, 2017, 2018, and 2019, and a three-year contract with Rea and Associates for audit requirements related to the Medicaid School Program Agency Cost Report; and a lease agreement with Kungle Trucking Company beginning July 1 through June 30, 2018, at a rate of $3,500 per month for the property at 3381 East Waterloo Road for the purpose of bus parking and bus maintenance bays.

- Approved a resolution to accept the tax advances from Portage County with tentative dates of July 2, 14, 21, and 28.

- Approved two negotiated master agreements between the Springfield Board of Education and OAPSE Local 179 for a period of three years beginning July 1 through June 30, 2020, and OAPSE Local 530 for a period of three years beginning July 1 through June 30, 2020.

- Approved amended appropriations for the current fiscal year and temporary appropriations for the fiscal year 2018.