SPRINGFIELD TWP.  During the Dec. 18 Springfield Local Schools Board of Education meeting, Treasurer Chris Adams reported the district is about six months into the fiscal year and, overall, it is tracking about 2.55 percent above last year’s expenditures.

The budget is $29,000,312 and the actual expenditures are $29.277,000.

“Mathematically, we are within a half of percent," Adams said. "Healthcare is only up 3 percent. If you keep health care below 6 to 8 percent, you are having a good year.

He said there are no surprises and things are ticking along as expected.

“We have a lot of building going on in the district and I am interested in the tax collection in February,” Adams said.

Young overview

Young Elementary School Principal Jennifer Ganzer gave an overview of where Young Elementary School is going in the future. Ganzer said she wants to use the expertise they have in Springfield Schools for professional development. She said the family learning team is focusing on meeting with the families.

“Before we used to meet at open house and conferences. We have tried to change that here at Young," she said.

Ganzer said the school does a family survey at the beginning of the year to get to know the families and the kids. It also does a survey at the end of the year to she how the staff is doing.

“We have daily communications with the families through apps and family nights and we try to get involved in community events,” said Ganzer.

She told the board that it used to be that individual rooms had different rules and expectations and now they have tried to unify that across the school. The kids do not get confused as to what is expected and they have a unified theme across the classrooms.

Young second grade students also performed Leader in Me songs during the board meeting.

In other business, the Board:

- Approved personnel items included the resignation of Vicki Kirby as a 6.5-hour teaching assistant in Spring Hill and Young Elementary libraries, effective Dec. 5.

- Approved the reassignment, effective Dec. 17, of Howard Held, an 8-hour custodian at Springfield High School Junior High; Laura Langsdale, and 8-hour custodian at Schrop Intermediate and board office; Deborah Campbell, an 8-hour custodian at Springfield High School Junior High; and Annemarie Ross, an 8-hour custodian at Spring Hill Elementary. Also approved the employment of Heather Gresens as a two-hour educational assistant at Schrop Intermediate as of Dec. 3.

- An athletic supplemental contract was approved for Justin Schullick as junior varsity baseball coach. The employment of Daniel Czirr as a classified substiture and reassignment of classified employee Jennifer Fenton as a 6.5-hour teaching assistant at Spring Hill Elementary in preschool were approved.

- A memorandum of understanding with Waterloo Local Schools was revised to modify the cost from $2,224.47 to $4,532.16, due to carryover from the 2016-17 school year to provide Title I services to residents of Springfield Local Schools who attend St. Joseph School, located within the Waterloo district.

- The Board approved a mediation agreement with the Springfield Local Association of Classroom Teachers (SLACT) as a result of a mediation held on Nov. 5, 2018, concerning key fobs.

- Also approved a resolution authorizing the advance of local taxes by the county fiscal office for the 2018 tax year, payable in 2019.

- Aapproved a revised fee schedule for the use of Springfield School facilities.

- A contract with the Summit Educational Service Center for participation in the Kids First program at the Robert J. Keegan Family Center for Autism for the 2018-19 school year was approved.

- The board will continue membership in the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) in 2019. The annual membership dues are $6,563. It also approved joining the OSBA Legal Assistance Fund at a cost of $250.17.

- Donations accepted by board members included the Lininger Family donation of $1,000 to the Schrop Running Club; an all Sports Booster Club donation of $10,080 to the 2018-19 winter sports program; and $24,000 to the Athletic Project Fund.

Superintendent Chuck Sincere said the disctrict is fortunate to receive donations that help to keep the programs going. Sincere had Teacher Betty Kern come up and talk about what the dollars mean to the Running Club program.

- Sincere said that on the day prior to the meeting, the district received some exciting information that Schrop School was recognized by the State Board of Education for a Momentum Award. It means that the students received an A in all areas of value added on the state report card.