SPRINGFIELD TWP.  Springfield Local School District Treasurer Chris Adams had some good news for the Board of Education members during the Nov. 20 meeting.

For the first time in several years, the open enrollment monies coming in are higher than those going out. Open enrollment dollars coming in currently is $2.2 million and going out is just under $2 million. In the 2017-18 school year, the amounts were close to even but still with more going out than coming in.

In 2016-17, 2015-16 and 2014-15 the 2014-15, the amounts going out were much higher than those coming in. Adams also reported that the charter school dollars going out have also dropped during those same years from a high of more than $900,000 going out, to this year’s low of about $700,000 going out. The numbers have dramatically changed since the 2014-15 school year, Adams said.

Other news:

- In personnel items, the board approved the retirement of Janet Baker from the treasurer’s office.

"That keeps me up at night," Adams said. "She is an exceptional employee. She watches me like a hawk. She keeps me straight. It was nerve wracking when she said she was ready to retire."

The board approved the hire of Melissa Kitchen to fill the position. Adams said Kitchen seems to have that same drive that Baker had.

- Brad Beun from special services spoke about a new program with the Summit County Developmental Disabilities Board (Summit DD) and Koinonia for transition services. Springfield would be the third school to work with the entities along with Woodridge and Copley. The program helps students with disabilities connect with Summit DD so they are job ready after high school.

- Junior/Senior High School Principal Shaun Morgan spoke to the board and said there is a lot going on and highlighted two newer programs: Media Production and Creative Solutions and Design. Teacher Andrea Novicky showed a news production the students made. The students are producing the morning announcements as a TV news show instead of over the public address system. It is called Spartan TV. Students are learning lighting, video broadcasting, interviewing skills and all the components of a news package.

In the Creative Solutions and Design class, students are printing with a 3D printer and doing 2D design work using critical thinking and problem solving. The class has been making and selling Spartan earrings and doing other work for teachers. Novicky wrote a grant to purchase the needed equipment for the classrooms.

- Approved personnel items included the retirement resignation of Frances Fair, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Reassigned classified employee Michelle Nagle as a two-hour educational assistant as the office aide at Spring Hill Elementary, Jon Hoover as a two-hour educational assistant at Young Elementary and classified employee Howard Held as an eight-hour custodian at Spring Hill Elementary. The board also employed Amy Hurst as an educational assistant at Spring Hill Elementary.

- Employment of several classified substitutes was approved and the approval of Brittany Lewis as a Friday school monitor. A supplemental contract for Betty Kern at 5 percent as Schrop Running Club Advisor was approved.

- Dustin Boswell spoke about food service and that this district is down to one cent per meal from breaking even. The transportation and food service got together to iron out a problem it was having with serving breakfast to students riding the bus to Portage Lakes Career Center in the mornings. They put together a mobile meal option for those students.

- Boswell said the school received a school safety grant from the Attorney General’s office for more than $12,000 which will be used for staff safety

- Superintendent Chuck Sincere thanked the presenters at the meeting and took the opportunity to say how thankful he was for everyone that works at the schools and the parents, "that have put the trust in us as they share their most valuable processions with us."

- During board member informal time, Dave Hofer thanked Fran Fair for her many years with the district. He said she always had a warm smile to welcome everyone.

"She did a very good job for our district for a long time," he said. 

The next board meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Dec. 18, at Young Elementary School.