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The Suburbanite
  • New Springfield school on track for January opening

  • Students will be getting a firsthand look at the new Springfield school building when they return from Christmas break.

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  • Students will be getting a firsthand look at the new Springfield school building when they return from Christmas break.
    Superintendent William Stauffer told those attending the board of education meeting Sept. 10 that things are on track for students to be in the new building by the new year.
    If the junior high students are not quite ready to move, it is expected that they will be moved in by the end of January, which marks the end of the first semester.  
    During the meeting, held at Schrop School, Stauffer said the district is planning a ceremony for the closing of the high school. The program is tentatively set for Nov. 16, and a dedication ribbon cutting for the new school will likely be held Jan. 4.
    The first shipment of tuned mass dampers, which have been determined to solve the issues of vibrations in the floors of the new classrooms, are expected to be shipped  Sept. 17. They will be installed as soon as they arrive.
    Resident Steve Rodenbucher raised questions about the architect and engineer that had signed off on the plans for the repairs and installation of the dampers. Also, he inquired if the dampers were tested to make sure they would work.
    Stauffer said the board has hired its own engineer for the work and noted that the board cannot discuss these issues because of pending legal matters.
    “What I will say is that we are satisfied with what the fixes are, and the engineers and architects are satisfied as well,” said Stauffer.
    During the meeting, Stauffer and other district officials discussed the smooth start to the new school year which began earlier this month.
    “The kids are enthused and excited to be back,” Stauffer said. “Enrollment is up about 100 students from last year.”
    Stauffer admits there are good things and bad that come with the increased enrollment. It means the community and the district is growing and, with that growth, comes more dollars for the district. However, class sizes increase and the board will be looking at increasing the teaching staff where needed.
    In other business Sept. 10, the board:
    • Accepted resignations from bus driver Ken Lemmon and  junior high soccer coach Polo Paredes.
    • Approved a sports supplemental contract for Richard Engelhart who will take over as the new junior high soccer coach.
    • Approved stipends for teachers who will teach a class in place of a planning period.
    • Heard from Springfield Township Trustee Dean Young and Parks Director Doug Foltz regarding plans for a 6,085-foot community walking trail that is to be built on Schrop School and JEDD Park land. The township is seeking a partnership with the schools for this project. Board member Bobby Dinkins will represent the board through the planning and construction project which is backed by grant funding.
    Page 2 of 2 - The next board of education meeting will be at 6 p.m., Oct. 15 at Young Elementary School.