SPRINGFIELD TWP.  The Springfield Board of Education met for the first time this year on Jan. 9 for the purpose of an organizational meeting and a regular business meeting for the district.

During the organizational meeting, Larry Petry was elected as president and Terry Robinson as vice president of the board.

It was determined that committees will be appointed as needed. Meeting dates were selected for the year and will be the third Tuesday of each month, except for the January 2019 meeting which will be Jan. 8. Meetings are held at 6 p.m. and locations will be announced.

The yearly procedures were approved by board members. The final order of business for the organizational meeting was the approval for a board service fund to be established in the amount of $7,500.

The organizational meeting was adjourned and the board began its regular December meeting. On the agenda were personnel items that included the retirement resignation of teacher Cheryl Syx, effective Jan. 1; the reassignment of bus driver Nannette Pelkey; and cemployment Jon Hoover as a bus driver.

A five-day suspension without pay served Dec. 18 to 20 and Jan. 3 and 4 for teacher Cheryl Anderson was approved.

A contract was modified for Christine Polings from Account Clerk 2 to Account Clerk 3.

A reduction in force was approved to a four-hour bus monitor for route 47.

The school calendar was approved for 2018 and 2019 as well as the revised student handbook.

Athletic Director Kevin Vaughn reported to the board that Springfield High School received the Akron Touchdown Club’s Sportsmanship Award. It is the seventh time the district has received the countywide award. Vaughn said it was a testament to the coaches, students, staff and fans.

Supintendent Chuck Sincere also congratulated the athletic department, athletes and community for the sportsmanship award.

"Just hearing our athletic director up here talking about it makes you feel good that we have a good program for our children and our community," he said.

A data access agreement was approved with the Summit Education Initiative.

Business manager Dustin Boswell reported that "it has been a short number of days with the bad weather after winter break." He said the maintenance had been hard at work keeping parking areas and sidewalks clear.

Boswell also said that the House Bill 264 work is almost complete. A few areas of lighting need to be completed by the end of the month. Both boilers have been working well and the ability to remotely control the boilers is a big help. The district also received an additional 30 percent in commodity dollars which will help for the food service to reach the end of the year.

Sincere said that there are more than 3,400 school board members in Ohio and that January is School Board Recognition Month.

"This is a time we can show our recognition of how local boards work together to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders," he said.

He recognized the members of the board: Larry Petry, Mary Lou Dodson, Dave Hofer, Shannon Marcum and Terry Robinson. Cake was served after the meeting to honor the board members.

"We have a good board, we might not always see eye to eye, but that is what working together is all about," said Dodson.

Robinson congratulated Dodson for her 37 years of service to the board.

"You said the magic words - work together," Robinson said.

Sincere thanked Boswell, head custodian Mike Smith and Transportation Director Lonnie Meeker for all they do when a decision has to be made to close schools for weather related issues. He said they start about 4 a.m., drive around, stay in contact with him and with local safety forces and then make a decision whether to close schools or not.

"We take it very seriously, the children’s safety and the safety of our staff," Sincere said.

The board went into executive session to consider the purchase of property for public purposes - bus garage. No action was taken when the meeting resumed.

The next meeting is at 6 p.m., Feb. 20 at Schrop Intermediate School.