SPRINGFIELD TWP. The June 19 Springfield Board of Education meeting was a meeting of celebration for retirees.
Springfield Schools retirees were honored and presented with a retirement bell. Superintendent Chuck Sincere spoke about each retiree, giving their years of service and the history of the jobs they had throughout those years. Sincere thanked and congratulated all of them.
Retirees were Cheryl Anderson, 23 years; Deby Bretz, 27 years; Annetta Cline, 45 years; Mary Errington, 30 years; Kay Greathouse, 40 years; Verlin McCulley, 34 years; Cheryl Syx, 21 years; Connie Waycaster, 25 years; and Geraldine Wood, 35 years. Together, they have a total of 280 years of experience in the district.
- Treasurer Chris Adams reported that it appears the 2018 finances will come in how it was forecasted, but it could be a different story in 2019. What is going to drive how the year goes is the health care, Adams said.
"We are hoping to have a good year," he said. "We are self-insured and to have a good year means our employees are healthy.
"When you look ahead to 2020 and 2021, there is a natural trend with school districts and additional funds will need to be found either through a levy or hopefully through state funds," Adams added.
- A number of personnel items were on the agenda that included non-sport supplemental contracts, reassign of employees and the employment of a 100-percent teacher. Also approved were administrative contracts and classified substitutes. The resignation of James Dutched as a varsity assistant football coach was approved and athletic supplemental contracts. Elizabeth Ray was assigned as a seven-hour cafeteria manager at Springfield High School and Junior High School.
- Board member Shannon Marcum exercised her right as a member of the board to purchase health insurance through the district plan with 100 percent of the premium to be paid for by the board member.
- The board deemed transportation for the summer extended school year (ESY) program to be unreasonable, uneconomical and impractical under present conditions for the student(s).
- The Board approved a day treatment purchase service agreement with KRG Education Services to provide education services in accordance with placement at the Leap Program for the 2018-19 school year.
- A contract was approved with Allen School Sports and Photography for services at Springfield Senior and Junior High School.
- The board approved an inventory disposal for Chapel Hill Christian School South.
- Other approved business included amending appropriations for fiscal year 2018.
- Overnight extended trips were approved for the boys basketball team to Mount Union University and to Marietta College; a cheerleading trip to Northern University to attend a summer camp; the marching band to travel to FFA Camp Muskingum to attend band camp; and the cross-country team to Camp Stambaugh. All expenses are paid by participants.
- Donations were accepted to Spring Hill Leadership Day, including Firehouse Grille, $100; Spring Hill Parent Group, $11.50; Don and Charlene Cole (Akron Springfield Assembly of God), $25; David Hohlbaugh, Mason Contractor, $100; Randy and Dana Floyd $200; Shannon Marcum, Springfield Board of Education $20, Walmart gift card, $50; Walmart, 72 Black Binders and miscellaneous cash donations, $15; JA Chapanar Excavating Inc., donation of topsoil, equipment and labor for the Springfield High School practice football field; Title Nine Women's Clothing Foundation, grant of $1,100 to the Schrop Girls' Running Club; Hartville Trail Group, grant of $600 to the Schrop running club.
- A bid was accepted for the resurfacing of Schrop Intermediate School in the amount of $61,000 from S&K Asphalt.
- Business Manager Dustin Boswell reported that he is looking forward to getting the Schrop parking lot project under way. He said the food service program ended with a negative $6,000.
"While we are disappointed it was in the negative it is much better than last year," he said.
He thanked the cafeteria staff that helped to bring the numbers up with their use of commodity dollars. They used 168 percent of the entitlement dollars. In mid-year, dollars that are not used by schools are reallocated and Springfield received some of those funds.
- The Board went into Executive Session to discuss matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or rules or state statutes. No action was taken.
The next regular board meeting will be held at 6 p.m., July 17 at the high school.