SPRINGFIELD TWP. Members of the Springfield Local School District's Board of Education met at Spring Hill Elementary School and were treated to songs by the kindergarten students.
During the Sept. 18 meeting, Spring Hill Principal David Jurmanovich updated the board on new initiatives and formulate plans on how to make the students more successful.
Junior high teacher Lisa Putt updated the board on the Spartan Caring Closet. She said last year the closet provided clothing for 78 students and this year, so far, 23 students. She was excited that Principal Shaun Morgan found a larger space for the closet to make it more "shopper" friendly for the students.
Springfield Treasurer Chris Adams reported to the board that he will present the five-year-forecast during the October meeting. He showed the board an example of a commercial property owner applying to get the value of the property lowered for tax purposes. The example showed an owner filing a decrease complaint seeking a new valuation at $4 million. It is something that occurs often and in this case, the owner was not granted the decrease and the district will retain the tax dollars of $47,722.
"I just wanted the board to see what is happening all around the state," said Adams.
A variety of personnel items were approved, including:
- Retirement resignations for classified employee Naomi Moody, effective Nov. 1, and Janet Baker, effective Feb. 1, 2019. Resignations for teacher Andrea Maurice, freshman assistant football coach Tony Mancuso and classified employee Dawn Black from her educational aide position.
- The board approved the employment of Black as a bus driver for the 1.5-hour route in addition to her current route; Boni Akers as a two-hour educational assistant at Young Elementary; Amy Ternosky as a seven-hour teaching assistant at Schrop Intermediate; and classified substitutes Jeffrey Allen, Lori Hoxworth, Callie Vardon and Derrick Bell
- Members of the District Leadership Team were approved as well as the individual school leadership teams. Also approved were the Mentor Teachers. An athletic supplemental contract for assistant varsity soccer coach Eric Ford was approved.
- The board approved a contract with E-Rate Connection to manage the 2019-20 Federal E-Rate Program application process.
- A memorandum of understanding with the Springfield Local Association of Classroom Teachers (SLACT) to modify the negotiated agreement to add a supplemental contract for a Robotics Coach at 3 percent was approved.
- Donations from Clearview United Methodist Church of school supplies and Walmart gift cards to be used to purchase necessities for students in need, from the Alumni Football a donation of $1,805 to the Springfield Spartan Football program and the Lakemore Branch of Citizens Bank multiple boxes of school supplies to Spring Hill Elementary were accepted.
- Business Manager Dustin Boswell said that the approved personnel items puts the Transportation Department in a better situation with having much needed substitutes. He also said the district is in need of bus drivers and anyone interested or that knows of someone interested should call 330-628-3851 to set up an appointment. Boswell also reported that the new contract with E-Rate Connection allows for an upgrade of the wireless system.
- Superintendent Chuck Sincere thanked all those who help Springfield Schools with donations, "we couldn’t do it without you. All those donations help our children to go through the education process."
- Sincere spoke about Portage Lakes Career Center (PLCC). He said the school offers great benefits to students, including the possibility of graduating high school with an Associate’s Degree from the University of Akron at no cost. He reported that Springfield has 203 students attending PLCC (152 attend classes at the main campus and 51 attend the PLCC classes held at Springfield High School). Of those students, 99 are juniors and 104 seniors.
"We believe our students attending PLCC will develop skills that will lead to meaningful and lifelong employment," said Sincere.
- Sincere said he joined alumni at the recent 50-plus reunion. He said the youngest there were graduates of 1968 and the oldest was a graduate from 1938. More than 300 attended the banquet and last year the group gave out nine $2,000 scholarships to Springfield High School students.
- The board went into executive session to discuss personnel items upon returen, the meeting was adjourned with no action taken.
The next regular Board of Education meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Oct. 30 at Schrop Intermediate School.