SPRINGFIELD TWP.  The five-year forecast for Springfield Local Schools shows a possible proposed levy in the year 2020 to continue to keep the district with a positive balance.

Springfield Local Schools Treasurer Chris Adams presented the five-year forecast at the May 15 Board of Education meeting. The board approved an updated forecast that shows a positive cash balance through the end of 2022. Adams said it was challenging to get to that point. The forecast included the renewal levies that go back to the voters in 2019.

"We are going to need new money unless something drastically happens," Adams said.

Adams was hopeful that districts would see more money from the state, especially with a new governor. If that does not happen, the district will have to go to the residents.

He pointed out that there was good news in the fact that real estate is getting a bit of a bump as 53 new homes have been built and sold in the Ryan allotment called Lions Park.

Adams also pointed out that the district will see some reductions in personnel services in 2019.

"We have some people that are leaving the district that we don’t have to replace, or we have replaced them part time or a tenure teacher retires and is replaced with a teacher on a lower scale," Adams said. 

Those actions will save $175,000.

He said they will continue to look at their costs and monitor the financial situation.

"I have confidence that we will be OK," said Adams.

Graduation

During the meeting, the graduation list was approved. The ceremony was June 1 at E.J. Thomas Hall. Superintendent Chuck Sincere congratulated the class of 2018 with 168 graduates. He said 91 seniors will graduate with specialized training and a portfolio from Portage Lakes Career Center (54 percent), there are 42 seniors taking college credit classes, 61 seniors who have participated in athletic programs (29 are multi-sport athletes) and 29 seniors in music programs, 19 in band and 10 in choir.

"We are Proud of these graduates, the courses they have taken, the experiences they encountered, the relationships they gained," Sincere said. "All these experiences help develop our students."

Sincere told the board and attendees when families are engaged and partner with the schools and the teachers, students attend school more regularly, earn better grades, enroll in higher-level programs, have higher graduation rates, and are more likely to enroll in post-secondary education. 

Other news:

- Business Manager Dustin Boswell said the district has been working with the Lakemore Fire Department to use the property at 1399 Seneca Avenue as a training opportunity. Training and burning should happen within the next month. The board approved a liability release with the Fire Department.

- Boswell also reported that the food service has been testing new menus this month to prepare for next year.

- The board accepted the retirement resignations of classified employee Deby Bretz effective July 1 and classified employee Geraldine Wood effective June 1.

- The board approved membership for Springfield High School and Junior High in the Ohio High School Athletic Association for the 2018-19 school year.

- A service contract was approved with the Summit Educational Service Center to provide employment services to Chapel Hill Christian School (South Campus) during the 2018-19 school year. The cost is paid from Ohio Department of Education Auxiliary Funds.

- Boswell also reported that the food service operated in the black for the month of April and the district is testing new menus to be used next year.

- An overnight/extended trip for 9th-12th grade football players and coaches to travel to John Carroll University for an overnight football camp from July 23, through July 25 was approved. Expenses will be paid by participants, the football fund and the Booster Club.

- Board members approved the acceptance of a donation in the amount of $214 to Spring Hill Elementary from an anonymous donor.

- Sincere spoke about the Leadership Days at Spring Hill and Young Elementary Schools. "Students and staff share what the Leader in Me process is doing to enhance the culture of the school as they focus on student leadership and the seven habits," he said.

- Board President Larry Petry warned families to have students stay out of Springfield Lake as Mayor Rick Justice had notified him that there was possible algae grow that can be harmful to humans and animals.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., June 19 at the high school, 1880 Canton Road.