SPRINGFIELD TWP.  After members of the Springfield Board of Education held an executive session, they came back to the regular meeting and approved the resignation of Springfield High School social studies teacher William Burket as of Feb. 22, 2018.

Burket has been on paid administrative leave since Dec. 12, 2016, due to allegations of missing monies from the Springfield Local Association of Classroom Teachers (SLACT) account. Burket was treasurer of the organization at the time. He has been charged with felony grand theft and is due back in Stark County Common Pleas Court today for a pre-trial hearing, according to court records.

Tour of Spring Hill

Prior to the meeting, Spring Hill students took board members on a tour of the school, highlighting a day at the school. The children explained that teachers had come together during the summer to paint a red stripe around the entire school "representing our school team the Springfield Spartans." Teacher Dana Floyd had board members tear the masking tape down from the last area painted.

At the beginning of the meeting, Spring Hill Elementary students led the Pledge of Allegiance and helped to make a presentation about the Leader in Me program.

Floyd said during the summer months, the staff volunteered a lot of hours to change some things in the building.

"We wanted to make it more kid friendly," said Floyd, noting the building used to be the junior high.

She thanked Business Dustin Boswell who helped with the $228 update.

"We do have just one more favor to ask, the building would shine if for $49.40 you would allow us to finish the second floor," Floyd added.

Treasurer Chris Adams said, "Consider it done."

Five-year forecast

Adams said he would have the updated five-year forecast at the Oct. 17 meeting. He reported that due to money receieved from House Bill 264 will allow for the schools to upgrade their lighting and boilers. He, however, added, the forecast was not going to be an easy one.

Boswell said that the boiler for Spring Hill was being replaced. He added that all lighting in the schools would be upgraded to LED making brighter spaces for the students. All work would be done without interruption to classrooms and students. The upgrade is also more efficient.

From the superintendent

Superintendent Chuck Sincere spoke about the juniors and seniors who go to the Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC). He said 228 Springfield students are attending PLCC with 172 at the main campus and 56 are at the Springfield campus, which hosts two programs.  He said 68 percent of the juniors and 58 percent of the seniors attends classes at PLCC.

He said he attended the 50-plus reunion Sept. 9, which welcomed the graduates of 1967. He congratulated them for putting on an outstanding program that had more than 300 attendees at the banquet. The group gave out nine $2,000 scholarships to Springfield graduates. He pointed out that the man behind the camera of the board meeting, Frank Chenoweth, is a 1961 Springfield graduate.

Sincere and the members of the board thanked Dusty (Arfons) Spraggins for donating her time, supplies and equipment in conditioning the track. She applied a "Track Moist" to help control dirt and dust. 

"She used her own personal truck, rented a water sprayer and donated the product," Sincere said. "She drove from 5 p.m. until well after dark around the track at approximately two miles per hour spraying, and went back and put down another 500 gallons. The track looks completely transformed."

In other business, the BOE:

- Approved personnel items including the resignation of bus driver Mandie Breeden to accept a seven hour teaching assistant position. Also accepted was the resignation of intervention specialist tutor Natalie Brasiel. The board employed Brasiel as a 100-percent teacher at Schrop Intermediate. They also employed Emma Goubeaux as a 100-percent kindergarten teacher at Young Elementary and Shawna Phillips as a 100-percent intervention tutor at Spring Hill. Lyndsey Anderson was approved as a 100-percent preschool teacher at Spring Hill Elementary. The board also approved reassignment of a list of employees, as well as a list of employment of a variety of part time positions.

- Approved Building Leadership Teams as well as non-sport supplemental contracts.

- Approved a memorandum of understanding with Walsh University for the college Credit Plus program.

- Approved a contract with the Summit Educational Service Center for admission of a student to the T.A.L.K. Program (Teaching Auditory Learning In Kids) at Newberry Elementary School in Cuyahoga Falls for educational purposes for the 2017-18 school year at a tuition cost of $21,600.

- Approved a resolution for fiscal year 2018 regarding complimentary passes and entry fees to events for the 2017-18 school year.

- Approved an overnight extended trip for Springfield Junior High 7th- and 8th-grade students and chaperones to travel to Washington, D.C., and Gettysburg, Pa., from May 10, 2018, through May 12, 2018. Two school days will be missed. All expenses will be paid by participants.

- Approved supplemental bus routes for the 2017-18 school year and authorized the superintendent to make changes as necessary during the year to address enrollment changes and safety issues.

- Approved a resolution to amend the high school and junior high principal to a 260-day contract, effective Sept. 18, 2017.

- Accepted donations from Millheim Baptist Church of eight backpacks and school supplies and Wal-Mart for a donation of 72 cases of pencil boxes for students at Spring Hill Elementary.

The next Board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Oct. 17 at Schrop Intermediate School, 2215 Pickle Road.