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The Suburbanite
  • Springfield Schools looking to release from fiscal emergency

  • The district, being in fiscal emergency since May 2007, plans to be released by the State Financial Planning and Supervision Commission in July.


    Treasurer Chris Adams told board of education members at the April 19 meeting that he will  meet with auditors. He believes the district has satisfied all policies and are forging ahead to get out of fiscal emergency.

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  • The district, being in fiscal emergency since May 2007, plans to be released by the State Financial Planning and Supervision Commission in July.
    Treasurer Chris Adams told board of education members at the April 19 meeting that he will  meet with auditors. He believes the district has satisfied all policies and are forging ahead to get out of fiscal emergency.
    Superintendent William Stauffer said their goal is to get out of fiscal emergency and remain out of fiscal emergency.
    Dave Zeller of MKC Architects and Jeff Fullerman of Regency Construction updated the board on the progress of the school construction project.  Fullerman said bids will be opened May 3 for the first phase of the project.
    Stauffer expressed concern that questions have been asked about a Project Labor Agreement. Although the state recently discontinued the agreements, Springfield has one in place.
    “We will be using local, union labor for our project,” he said.
    Zeller asked the board for decisions on the fly space area of the auditorium. The area allows for easy movement of scenery but the equipment has a large price tag. He suggested a better use for the area might be a combined wood and scene shop that could be used by the theater and woodworking students.
    Board members agreed to eliminate the area, which is a savings of more than $250,000 plus a savings on heating and cooling the large area.
    Groundbreaking for the school project is scheduled to take place May 21 at 1 p.m. in front of the high school.
    Sixth grade students, Elena Nutter and Olivia Seneveravong and teacher Rob Lane gave  a presentation to the board on the computer technology class at Schrop.
    “We have been utilizing 21st Century skills, taking everything we learn in our core subjects and integrating them into the technology.  That way we can make all the learning relevant,” said Lane.
    The students displayed their web pages showing how they planned, researched and created their pages.
    The board went into a one hour executive session returning with approval for several personnel items including, the hire of Jack Morgan as the head coach for the boy’s basketball team and the reduction of the union high CBI certified position effective for the 2011-12 school year.
    Other items of business included:
    • A contract with PRN Therapy Services, Inc. for licensed physical and occupational therapy services.
    • Contract with PSI Affiliates, Inc. to provide licensed nurse and health aide services.
    • An agreement with Summa Health System to provide athletic training services.
    • Frontline Technologies agreement to provide employee replacement system services. This is an automated sub caller
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  • Ohio Schools Council agreement to provide cooperative     purchasing programs.
  • The annual requirement of accepting the amounts and rates determined by the budget commission and authorizing the necessary tax levies and certifying them to the County Fiscal Officer.
  • Agreement with the Summit County Educational Services     Center for its services.
  • Acceptance of a donation from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation of 50 laptop computers, power cords, batteries and a lock totally $13,110.
    The next Board of Education meeting will be held on May 17 at 6 p.m.