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The Suburbanite
  • Administration set for new Springfield school

  • During a special session of the Springfield Board of Education July 1, the board held public hearings on the matter. It was then that Board President Neal Hess announced that the board is considering rehiring High School Principal Cynthia Frola and Librarian Dodi Zbuka.

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  • Two long-time local schools officials will likely be given post-retirement contracts later this month.
    During a special session of the Springfield Board of Education July 1, the board held public hearings on the matter. It was then that Board President Neal Hess announced that the board is considering rehiring High School Principal Cynthia Frola and Librarian Dodi Zbuka.
    “The reason the board is looking at those two folks for retire-rehire is that we think it is critical, as we move into the (new) building, to keep those two individuals on board to make that transition,” Superintendent William Stauffer said. “They will (each) be on one-year contracts.”
    The board is expected to accept Frola’s retirement at the July 16 board meeting.
    “When we rehire Dodi Zbuka and Cynthia Frola there will be a savings to the district,” Stauffer said.
    The total savings on the retire-rehire contracts has not yet been determined.
    Also during the July 1 special meeting, the board approved a two-year contract for junior high level assistant principal Brad Beun.
    Buen, a Hartville resident, was assistant principal and athletic director at Field High School and previously served at Lake Center Christian School.
    Frola will serve as principal in the new school building.
    Shaun Morgan will remain an assistant principal for the high school. The newly hired Beun and Michelle Warner, formerly the Spring Hill Junior High principal, will serve as assistant principals in the new building overseeing the middle school grades.
    No new administrative positions will be created as a result of the move to the new school.
    Roosevelt Elementary Principal Lucy Brown recently retired. The board agreed to have Mary Meadows, most recently the assistant principal at Spring Hill, fill that vacant position.
    Also approved for employment July 1 was 22-year teaching veteran Kevin Gorby. He will be teaching high school health and physical education at the elementary level and coaching.
    “I am Boardman Spartan,” Gorby said July 1, “and now I am a Springfield Spartan.”
    The next meeting will be held at Spring Hill Junior High at 6 p.m. July 16.