Reading and writing are the foundation for educational success.

Reading and writing are the foundation for educational success. Every lesson – in any subject – is strengthened by the students’ ability to read, comprehend and accurately share information about what they are learning.

Those lessons are taking the spotlight at Springfield Junior/Senior High School, according to principal Shaun Morgan. During a presentation to the Springfield Local Schools Board of Education on Jan. 12, Morgan highlighted the building’s new campaign dubbed "we read, we write, we succeed.”

All classes, Morgan said, are bringing more reading and writing into the everyday lessons. He, along with support from his teaching staff, is tracking the data to determine the strong and weak points of the efforts. Teachers will be presenting what they are doing at the school at the national conference.

Following Morgan’s presentation, English as a second language (ESL) teacher Jeff Ross shared information on how the district’s program is preparing in ESL students for success.

In other business Jan. 12, the Board:

- Held an organizational meeting prior to the start of the regularly scheduled meeting. During the organizational meeting the Board chose its officers for the year and determined on which committees the members would sit. Newly elected members were sworn in.

- In honor of School Board Recognition Month Superintendent Chuck Sincere presented members of the Board with certificates from the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA). Each of the members received a certificate from OSBA.

- Approved personnel items including the employment of classified substitutes, an everyday reading program educational assistant, a cafeteria employee, and a 10-month secretary. The Board also reassigned bus drivers and teaching assistants.

- Approved a memorandum of understanding with the Springfield Local Association of Classroom Teachers (SLACT) to provide a supplemental contract for an eighth-grade Washington DC Trip Coordinator at four percent.

- Agreed to continue membership in the OSBA for the year 2016 with membership dues of $6,273.

- Heard from Business Manager Dustin Boswell who noted that the district is preparing for the online standardized tests.  “We are going through the process to make sure we are ready to go," he said.

- Heard from Sincere who discussed a federal program coming out of the Every Student Succeeds Act, which replaces the No Child Left Behind program. Springfield will be working on adopting the changes required by the act.

- Learned from Sincere that the Akron-Summit County Library may consider placing a branch library in Boyer School. Springfield officials will tour of the building with library officials. "There has been some talk about possibly putting it in other places, but I thought that Boyer Kindergarten Center would be a nice spot for a public library." Sincere said they will look at that possibility.

- Reminded residents that they will face a renewal levy on the March 15 ballot.

The next Springfield Local Schools Board of Education meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Feb. 16 in the community room of the Junior/Senior High School.