SPRINGFIELD TWP.  Springfield Local School District Treasurer Chris Adams reported that the end of the fiscal year is quickly approaching as he gave his state of the schools report during the June 23 Board of Education meeting.

Adams compared what he called the big three - personnel, benefits and purchased services - which makes up 90 percent of the district's budget. Overall, the district's budget increased by 2 percent in 2016 compared to 2015, according to Adams. However, he said the district spent $197,418 less in 2016 on the controllable portion of the budget - personnel and purchased services. 

"We are going to end this year healthy again," Adams said. "We beat the budget by $290,000 for the big three."

Superintendent Chuck Sincere asked for voters support on Issue 6, which is the school renewal levy. He reminded residents that July 5 is the deadline to register in order to vote during the Aug. 2 election.

Residents can vote from home by requesting an absentee ballot instead of going to the polls. They can also vote early at the Summit County Board of Elections on Grant Street beginning July 6.

"Voting is a most cherished and fundamental right for our country," said Sincere.

He encouraged those who cannot attend the polls on election day to use the options of in person early voting or absentee ballot.

Visit www.summitcountyboe.com for all dates and times.

Sincere also thanked everyone who has made the school successful, adding that "good schools are a good value."

In other news:

n Six retirees - with more than 169 combined years of service - were honored. They were, Leola Bauch, Phyllis Holmes, James Keener, Lou Shipley, Judy Smith and Pat Stone. 

Sincere presented each retiree with a bell thanking them for their years of hard work and dedication.

n Business Manager Dustin Boswell said a few major things affected the district's food services this year, including food costs increasing by $32,000 and longterm illnesses leading to extra time costs to increase by $16,000.

On a positive note, Boswell said the cafeterias increased their number of breakfast meals served, which was somewhat due to the all-school breakfast held once a week at Spring Hill Elementary.

n Boswell said Schrop, Spring Hill and Young schools received a $5,000 grant for security enhancements and each building will receive intercom and electronic visitors access controls which are being installed during the summer.

n Tests of the water at Schrop have come back with no lead after changes to the water systems were made.

Service agreements and contracts approved by the board were:

n With KRG Education Services Inc. to provide education services in accordance with placement at the Leap Program for the 2015-16 school year.

n Program services with Summit Educational Services to provide the Opportunity School during the 2016-17 school year.

n Contract with Summit Educational Service Center to provide employment services during the 2016-17 school year at a cost of salary and benefits, plus any other costs incurred in employment of the individual(s) upon written request of the superintendent.

n Contract with the Northeast Ohio Network for Education Technology (NEONET) to provide Internet access service for the period of July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2020, at an annual cost of $25,200.

n Service agreement with Central Ohio Medical Review, LLC from May 1 through April 30, 2017, for the purpose of procuring the medical review services and related therapy referrals for students who are undergoing evaluation for, or receiving any of the related services of occupational, physical, or speech/language therapies, or audiology services as a component of their IEP service plan.

n Service contract with the Springfield Township Police Department to provide an attendance coordinator for the 2016-17 school year.

n Service agreement with Security Voice Incorporated from July 1 through June 30, 2019, to provide the One Call Now service to deliver messages to students, families, and staff.

n A Memorandum of Agreement for Deposit of Public Funds with First Merit Bank, N.A. for the period of designation beginning August 24 through August 23, 2021.

Approved resolutions included:

n An inventory disposal for Chapel Hill Christian School.

n A temporary appropriations resolution for fiscal year 2017.

n Declaring it necessary to submit the question of the renewal of an additional tax in excess of the ten-mill limitation to the electors of the Springfield Local School District.

n The board deemed special education transportation for the summer Extended School Year (ESY) program to be unreasonable, uneconomical, and impractical under present conditions for the students.

n Student handbooks for Springfield High School and Junior High, Schrop Intermediate, Spring Hill Elementary and Young Elementary for the 2016-17 school year.

Personnel items included:

n The resignations of teacher Don Wallace, classified employee Lacie Polinger; family medical leave for teacher Andrea Novicky for 12 weeks at the beginning of the school year; and tenure for Tim Burns.

n Supplemental contracts were approved for a variety of positions and summer intervention instructors for hired.

Donations accepted were:

n $121.50 from the Volunteer Auxiliary of Springfield Police to provide a breakfast for the student body at Spring Hill Elementary

n $675 from the Young School PTG to Young Elementary

n $300 from International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3040 to the Class of 2016 for After Prom

n $50 per athlete per sport from the Spartan Booster Club for a total of $25,500.

The board went into executive session to discuss preparing for, conducting, or reviewing negotiations or bargaining sessions with employees and matters required to be kept confidential by federal law or rules or state statutes. No action was taken.

The next meeting is scheduled at 6 p.m., July 19 in the community room at the Junior/Senior High School.