SPRINGFIELD TWP.  During the Feb. 20 board meeting, Schrop Intermediate Principal Lisa Vardon gave the Springfield Local Schools Board of Education more details about the Momentum Award, which was awarded to the school by the Ohio Department of Education.

The award recognizes schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. In order to receive the award, schools must earn straight As on all Value-Added measures on the state report card. The school or district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students. Schrop received all As in all four categories.

School safety

Superintendent Chuck Sincere talked about the recent school shootings, something that has been on the minds of many people.

"As we learn more about the shootings in Florida, we have to think about our preparedness in an event here at home," Sincere said.

He said the Springfield Crisis Management Team meets continually to practice safety plans, preparing for events and praying that they never happen.

"We are grateful for our close relationships of the first responders, Springfield Lakemore Fire and Police Departments," he said. "Also, for the guidance and support in these efforts."

Sincere went on to say the best way to prevent tragedies like the one in Florida is to create a school culture of love, caring and trust. He said school officials believe in the importance of developing trusting relationships with students so they will feel comfortable talking to an adult when they have concerns for themselves and others.

"Homeland Security says, 'If you see something, say something,' " Sincere said. "So if you see something you know shouldn’t be there or if you see someone’s behavior that doesn’t seem quite right, say something." 

He asked for parents to remind their children if they ever have any information on potential threats to schools or their safety they should report their concerns to a school  employee immediately.

Other news:

- Teacher Lisa Putt spoke to the board about the Spartan Caring Closet, a program she began to help students who do not have enough or proper clothing to attend school and feel good about themselves. To date, the program has helped 35 students.

- Schrop physical education teacher Betty Kern took the board on a tour of the new climbing wall installed at the school and spoke about how much the kids love it.

- During the Treasurers report, Chris Adams reported that the state audit has been completed and the district will find out in about 40 days as to what the audit shows.

- Business Manager Dustin Boswell said food service fell into the red for January due to snow days, but is now moving in the right direction. He also said reviewers from the Ohio Department of Education will be on site in the district's kitchens.

Personnel items that were approved:

- The resignation of teacher Michele Harrison effective July 30.

- An unpaid medical leave of absence for classified employee Jonathan Hoover from his bus driving position only, through March 23. He will continue to work his educational aide position at Schrop.

- Reassigning classified employee Vicki Kirby as a seve-hour teaching assistant at Springfield High School and Junior High, effective March 1. 

- The employment of students Daxen Hamric and Joshua Lininger as Technical Work Experience workers in the TWE program, effective Feb. 21.

- Increase bus monitor Cheryl Wagner's hours to five hours per day.

- Athletic supplemental contract for Dave Bosko as varsity football head coach.

Other approved business for the board:

- Two memorandums of understanding were approved for College Credit Plus programs, one for Kent State University and one for Stark State College.

- A service agreement with Southeast Security Corporation to provide monitoring service to Schrop Intermediate School.

- A service agreement with Gardiner to continue to provide HVAC and utility services at Springfield High School and Junior High.

- Approval of the updated Springfield Local Schools investment policy with Huntington Bank.

- Springfield Local Schools Investment Policy with Piper Jaffrey and Company.

- An inventory disposal for Chapel Hill Christian School.

- A memorandum of understanding with the Summit Educational Service Center for School Crisis Response Mutual Aid.

- An overnight extended trip for the Springfield High School marching band and chaperones to travel to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla., to perform from March 24, 2019, through March 30, 2019. No school days will be missed. All expenses will be paid by participants through personal funds and fundraisers.

- Donations were accepted by the board including $100 from Bradley and Linda Birch for the Spartan Caring Closet. The International Soap Box Derby and County of Summit Department of Community and Economic Development donated a new STEM-Based Curriculum valued at $12,600. A donation of a green screen kit valued at $214 from Donors Choose (Anthony Freimuth $10 and Staples for Students $204) to Springfield High School and Junior High.

The next board meeting will be held at 6 p.m. March 20 at Spring Hill Elementary School, 660 Lessig Ave.