SPRINGFIELD TWP. Springfield Junior/High School Principal Shaun Morgan updated the district's Board of Education on enrollment numbers at the school during the Aug. 21 meeting.
Morgan said about 1,100 students are attending the school, which includes a large seventh grade class, a small eighth grade class and a large freshman class.
"We are encouraged to see so many wanting to come to school here," Morgan said. "It is great news."
He thanked the parents who came to the seventh grade and new student orientation and also thanked the teachers who volunteered to be there. Morgan said while kids were exploring the building to learn their way around, he was with parents in the auditorium fielding questions.
"They did a fabulous job of wanting to know," Morgan said. "I love where I work. I love the people we get to work with. I love seeing the students coming in excited."
- Superintendent Chuck Sincere asked for a moment of silence for teacher Patty Finn, who had passed away the day before. He praised the work that Finn has done throughout her 21-year career at Springfield Local Schools. She was a speech and hearing teacher and worked at Roosevelt, Sawyerwood, Boyer, Schrop and the Junior/Senior High School.
- Curriculum Director Mary Meadows updated the board on what teachers had been doing throughout the summer months.
"We had more than 40 of our teachers attend the KEEP (Kent Education Excellence Partnership) academy which is partnership with Kent State University and other districts," Meadows said.
Approximately 300 teachers from the districts attended and Meadows said seven teachers presented at the academy. The academy focused on many aspects of education in approximately 75 sessions. On the two days prior to the meeting, 100 percent of the staff took the required child abuse training. Meadows also wanted to let parents know that the Edmentum program is being provided for students. It is an online program where parents can go on and help their child work on the weaknesses they struggle with. Contact anyone at the schools to get the information to login.
- Approved personnel items included the acceptance of the resignations of classified employees Helen Szwejk, Jamie Sears and Mary Lance, the employment of Ryan Maloney as a seven-hour teaching assistant at Spring Hill Elementary and Brittany Lewis as a 100-percent Intervention Tutor at the Junior/Senior High School.
- A list of substitutes and home instructors for the 2018-19 school year was approved. Also an athletic supplemental contract for Paula Murphy as girls golf assistant coach at 11 percent and Shane Curry as junior high golf (co-ed) volunteer coach.
- The board accepted the resignation of Melinda Hamilton from her Portage Lakes Career Center midday route, effective the 2018-19 school year.
- Also approved were Friday school monitors for the school year at Springfield Junior Senior High School at the rate of $20 per hour.
- Early release dates were approved for the High School and Junior High.
- Athletic director Kevin Vaughn spoke about a team agreement with Adidas America. The consensus was unanimous among coaches "that this would be best for our teams."
They receive discounts on uniforms and shoes and receive promotional dollars. The school will receive $4,000 for coaches or staff gear and $16,000 over the four-year contract.
"It is free shipping so that is a savings and we can purchase higher quality uniforms which allows for longevity saving dollars," he said.
Vaughn also said those in the league that have worked with Adidas have seen the benefits and said they wish they had done it sooner. Doing so also allows for branding of the teams and consistent colors across all team uniforms. The board approved the agreement with Adidas America.
- A delegate and alternate to the Ohio School Board Association’s (OSBA) annual Business meeting in November 2018 were chosen. Shannon Marcum will be the representative and Mary Lou Dodson will be the alternate.
- Treasurer Chris Adams updated the board on benefits. He said work has be done the last couple of years to educate and promote the many options employees have.
"What has happened, especially under prescriptions, is employees have steered toward generic," said Adams.
The district is at 98 percent efficiency in how the employees are making decisions.
"It helps the district and it helps the employees," Adams said. "It is very nice to know our employees are taking their health care seriously and making good choices. They are using the free services that are available."
He said they beat last year’s health care costs.
- The Board accepted donations from Roechling Automotive of 20 bookbags and school supplies for students for the 2018-19 school year. Also approved were Springfield Sports Boosters monetary donations cheerleading, $1,440; cross country, $1,800; football, $5,340; boys golf, $870; girls golf, $750; boys’ soccer, $900; girls soccer, $1,440; junior high soccer, $540; volleyball, $2,400; softball, $1,200; and boys basketball, $600.
Lori Johnston donated $100 to the Spartan Caring Closet.
Sincere said on July 21 Springfield Cares distributed 500 backpacks snacks and drinks to Springfield School families and Springfield Church of the Brethren donated 110 backpacks.
"We thank all of those involved for the donations we received for our children," he said.
The next board meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Sept. 18 at Spring Hill Elementary School.