SPRINGFIELD TWP. Springfield Local Schools Treasurer Chris Adams reported to the district's Board of Education during the July 17 meeting that the numbers fell short by about $80,000 from the five-year forecast that was issued in May.
Adams said the revenues were "dead on, but it was the expenditure side that fell short. The expenditures that made the difference had to do with a large health claim, as the school system is self-insured. The cash balance for the fiscal year is $6,843,420.
"This will be our last year," Adams said of the balance. "The next couple of you will see it drastically go down."
Adams, however, said there are some good signs for public education. More charter schools are being held accountable, he said, which means kids are coming back to their districts. Surrounding schools are dramatically curtailing their open enrollment.
"We have safeguards built in for catastrophic events and we just hope everyone stays healthy," Adams said.
Staff members with perfect attendance for the past school year were recognized: Teachers Tom Anderson, Jessica Casher, Tom Fleming, Larry Murphy, Paula Murphy and Lisa Villers; Bud Grimsley, custodian; Doug Householder educational assistant; Debra Lininger, cafeteria; Nannette Pelkey, bus driver; and Kevin Vaughn, athletic director.
Superintendent Chuck Sincere congratulated those recognized and said, "Having good work attendance is not only great for employers, but also good for students. When teachers and staff are out, the quality of instruction and service goes down."
He also said that perfect attendance can be a sign that an employee is enthusiastic about their job, and that they feel productive about what they do every day. Less than 4 percent of the employees achieve perfect attendance.
The board also approved:
-Personnel items for the 2018-19 school year, including a reduction in force of a teaching assistant position for the in-school suspension room at Springfield High School and Junior High (SHSJH), and the resignation of school counselor Ilario Cursaro.
- A contract change moving classified employee Cathy Grubbs from Account Clerk III to Account Clerk IV effective, Jan. 1, 2019.
- To employ Christina Heade as a 100-percent school counselor, effective the 2018-19 school year; extended time for Counselor Christina Heade of 15 days and a non-sport supplemental contract at 7 percent; reassigned Nancy Arends as a seven-hour teaching assistant at SHSJH; reassigned Jennifer Ray as a seven-hour cook at SHSJH; and an unpaid leave of absence for classified employee Lin Benninger.
- Business Manager Dustin Boswell said he took a tour of the buildings and they are looking great. Things are moving along well including getting computers ready and upgrading the wireless network in the pre-K through grade 6 buildings. It should be completed before school starts. Boswell said the Schrop parking lot paving will begin Aug. 1.
- The board approved a lease agreement with Kungle Trucking Company, July 1 through June 30, 2019, at a rate of $3,500 per month for the property at 3381 E. Waterloo Road for the purpose of bus parking and bus maintenance bays.
- A service agreement with Healthcare Process Consulting for the purpose of assisting in managing the District's Ohio Medicaid School Program in order to procure Federal Medicaid reimbursement for Medicaid eligible services provided by Springfield Schools. The term of this agreement is for three years commencing on July 1 and ending on June 30, 2021.
- A three-year service contract with PSI Affiliates/PSI Associates to provide registered nurse services and medical assistant services for the 2018-19 through the 2020-21 school year.
- A service agreement with Northeast Ohio Network for Educational Technology (NEOnet) for the reimbursement of computer equipment and installation services of non-erate network equipment.
- A one-year consortium agreement with the Educational Service Center of Northeast Ohio for the purpose of accessing Title III (Limited English Proficient) funds.
- Sincere thanked Jeff Chapanar and the JA Chapanar Excavating Company from Canal Fulton for fixing the football practice field.
"It was unusable because of all the rocks on it," said Sincere. "Jeff and his crew volunteered to fix our practice field. They killed the weeds, pulled out all the rocks, brought in topsoil, raked it out and seeded it."
Sincere said Head Football Coach Dave Bosko, Chapanar, along with students and staff, then spread straw over the area.
"Thank you to all of the volunteers for helping make a nice practice field for our students," Sincere said.
- Kindergarten registration is going on now and for incoming kindergarten students Safety Town is being offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Aug. 7-9.
- The Summit Educational Service Center will be hosting a two-day Leadership Conference, Aug. 2 and 3, for all area school administrators. All 14 Springfield administrators will be attending.
- The first day of school for students is Aug. 22.
The next board meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Aug. 21 at the Springfield High School and Junior High School community room.