SPRINGFIELD TWP.  During the Dec. 12 Springfield Board of Education meeting, attendees heard good news about the district's open enrollment policy.

Treasurer Chris Adams said that open enrollment and charter schools are a hot topic right now, adding the good news is that there has been a pretty dramatic change in the amount of funds leaving the district going to charter schools and open enrollment. He said collective, the district will receive $300,000 more in state funding than last year.

"It is an unexpected surprise and helps with the five-year forecast," said Adams.

He said the district has room for more students. He also said 53 new homes have been sold in the district and will be occupied in the spring.

"Springfield is a desirable place to live," he said.

In other news:

- Young Elementary School's Student Lighthouse Team students presented information to the board explaining what they do in the building.

- Schrop Intermediate School Physical Education teacher Betty Kern was recognized by the board. She received the Ohio Physical Education Teacher of the Year Award. She thanked all of Springfield for the support it has given her.

- More good news came from Director of Curriculum Mary Meadows, who reported the district and Schrop Intermediate School received the Momentum Award presented by the Ohio Department of Education. It recognizes schools or districts that have received an A average in every category.

- Business Manager, Dustin Boswell reported that the food service is operating in the black. The lighting upgrade is almost finished for all of the schools and the two new boilers are online and operating. The boilers are able to be managed from remote locations. In the event of severe cold, they can be checked to make sure they are running.

- The board approved a list of personnel items including the resignation of classified employee Mary Errington effective March 1, 2018 and the resignation of classified employee Tammy Swope, effective the end of the business day on Dec. 1. Also in personnel was the employment of classified substitutes Steve Kellar and Shaun Hall. A nonsport supplemental contract for Amy Hartman to serve as the high school yearbook advisor at 5 percent was approved. Volunteers approved to work with the high school band for the 2017-18 school year are Sandra Peters and Jack Elliott.

- Three-year administrative contracts were approved for Mary Meadows, curriculum director; and Dustin Boswell, business manager. In other personnel items, Kimberly Jurmanovich was approved as the account clerk of student activities; bus driver Tammy Hofer was reassigned to Route #52 and bus driver Melinda Hamilton to Route #104.

Other approved business included:

- Membership in the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) for the year 2018 with annual membership dues of $6,808 and the OSBA Legal Assistance Fund at a cost of $250.12.

- A resolution authorizing the advance of local taxes by the county fiscal office for the 2017 tax year, payable in 2018.

- A service agreement with Kimble Recycling and Disposal for the district's waste removal.

- A donation of $3,311.13 was accepted from the Schrop Parent Group to Schrop Intermediate School for a rock climbing wall. An additional $2,469.87 was raised through fundraising mostly through Box Tops for Education with the assistance of teacher Betty Kern. The total cost of the rock wall is $5,781. A donation of $1,450 from the Spring Hill Parent Group to the Spring Hill Leader in Me program was also accepted.

- Superintendent Chuck Sincere said it was an exciting time for the kids as they geared up for Christmas, the holidays and the break "and the staff gets pretty excited, too."

"It is a joy to go around to the different buildings and see the children," he said.

He thanked the staff and students for the work they do at Young Elementary.

"When you see the work they do it makes you proud," Sincere said.

- The board voted to have Larry Petry act as president pro-tem until the 2018 president is selected at the organizational meeting to be held Jan. 9.

- School Counselor Melinda Weakland presented information on what counselors do to help with mental health issues in the schools.

- Sincere thanked outgoing board member Glen Wieland for his years of service and presented him with a certificate. Wieland has 14 years of service as a board member.

- The Board went into Executive Session to discuss the appointment, employment, dismissal, discipline, promotion, demotion or compensation of an employee or the investigation of charges or complaints against an employee, official, licensee or student, unless the employee, official, licensee or student requests a public hearing; and matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or rules or state statutes.

No action was taken after the session and the meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Jan. 9 at the junior senior high school community room.