SPRINGFIELD TWP. The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education approved the updated five-year forecast during the Oct. 17 meeting.
Treasurer Chris Adams, who compiled the report, pointed out that the cash balance for the district in fiscal year 2017 is $7,402,592 and it dips to $4,611,697 in 2019 and continues to go down from there. He said those figures represent a 38 percent drop in two years time.
"That is kind of startling," he said. "The question is, how are we going to combat this? We have some options we are working on. The best option is to bring in more students."
Every child that leaves to go to another district through open enrollment or to a charter schools costs the district $6,000. In all, Adams said the total cost of students leaving for other districts is more than $3 million per year.
"We have come up with plans focusing on open enrollment and charter schools," Adams said. "Basically what it is, if we think it is a good fit, we can offer them an iPad."
Adams said that houses are popping up and people want to live in Springfield.
"It is a comforting thought as a treasurer, that Springfield is attractive to families," he said.
Another option is to cut staff, though Adams said officials hope they do not have to do that.
"If we have to, we will adjust. The best way to do that is through retirement," he said.
Adams said in order to keep the balance in the positive levies would have to be considered. However, it is not want officials are planning to do at this time. Instead, they will first work toward getting more children into the district.
In other business, the board:
- Approved the retirement resignation of Stephen Keller.
- Approved the employment and reassignments of teaching assistants, bus monitors, educational assistants, cook and supplemental contracts for athletic coaches.
- Approved service contracts with E-Rate Connection to manage the 2018-19 Federal E-Rate Program application process and with Legacy Visiting Health Services to provide nursing services to a student during the school day.
- Approved a motion to show support of the Summit DD Board's 4.5-mill renewal operating levy, the Springfield Township police renewal levy and the 1.3-mill parks and recreation levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.
- Approved an overnight/extended trip for the Springfield High School marching band and chaperones to travel to Washington, D.C. to perform at the World War II Memorial from April 26, 2018, through April 29, 2018.
- Accepted donations from the Athletic Boosters for $1,500 to be divided among the following teams, bowling $600, softball $300, girls basketball $300, volleyball $300. Also an $11,240 donation from the booster club to be divided among the following teams: cheerleaders $920, boys and girls cross country $1,720, football $3,680, boys golf $400, girls golf $360, boys soccer $1,260, girls soccer $1,020 and volleyball $1,880.
- Accepted a donation in the amount of $935 from the Schrop P.T.G. for use at the school.
- Heard from Athletic Director Kevin Vaughn on the fall sports programs and the progress of the teams, cheerleaders and Sparkle cheer squad. He said the coaches have had many positive things to say about the athletes.
- Heard a presentation from the Gardiner Company about an Energy Star project has saved the district more than $30,000 a year in gas and electric costs.
- Superintendent Chuck Sincere said the Springfield community is saddened by the death of 6-year-old Nevaeh Nicole Rollins-Edwards, a student at Spring Hill Elementary School Oct. 12. She passed away after a battle with epilepsy and Rett syndrome.
Next Regular Board of Education Meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Nov. 15 in the community room at the Junior Senior High School.