SPRINGFIELD TWP.  At the Feb. 19 Springfield Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Chuck Sincere and Schrop Intermediate Principal Lisa Vardon accepted the Momentum Award from Ohio State Board of Education member Sarah Fowler.

The award is presented to schools in recognition of exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Schools must earn straight As on all value-added categories on the state report card.

“You have to approve in multiple areas, not just one area,” said Fowler, adding that is great to see that this is not a one-time trend for Schrop and the district as a whole as has received the recognition the last two years.

Sincere said the administration was proud of staff, students, community and the school board.

“Two years running, for this Momentum Award, we want to keep it going,” he said.

Gina Laterza from Red Oak Red Oak Behavioral Health which provides counseling and mental health service support to the district. Laterza said Red Oak works in conjunction with the school counselors when needed. If someone is interested in counseling for their child, they need to notify the school counselor.

“We work together. There are many options to offer the students and give them some help,” said Laterza. 

Members of the Schrop Jump Rope Club gave a demonstration of their talents to the board. More than 100 Schrop students participate in the club. About 50 of the students  showed what they do to keep in shape during the winter months. The students have skills to work on. Some were able jump in a sitting position from the gym floor. 

The board approved a variety of personnel items including the acceptance of the resignation of clsssified substitute Nina Fleming. Also approved was the employment of classified substitutes Fran Fair and LaShonta Turner. Andrew Morgan was approved as an eight-hour custodian at Schrop Intermediate School, Jennifer Stubbs as a four-hour teaching assistant at Spring Hill Elementary and Lori Hoxworth as a seven-hour teaching assistant at Springfield Junior Senior High School. Also approved were athletic supplemental contracts for spring sports teams for 2019 and sports teams for the 2019-20 school year and Mike Canavan as a volunteer coach and a contract for the 2019-2020 school year for Eric Ford, girl’s head varsity soccer coach.

Treasurer Chris Adams updated the board on the work of the state auditors. He said the auditors are finished and they spent time looking at student activities, cash and “they were very impressed on how we have been on that area. ... They should have the official report should come out in a few weeks, there were no issues.”

Approved business by the board included a memorandum of understanding with the University of Akron for the College Credit Plus program for the 2019-20 school year. Also approved was a memorandum of understanding with Stark State College for the College Credit Plus program for the 2019-20 school year. A direct placement service contract was approved with SUPER Learning Center for the 2018-19 school year.

Business Manager Dustin Boswell said February is Love the Bus month designated by the American School Bus Council in 2007. Across the U.S., school buses transport more than 25 million children daily to and from school.

“In Springfield, we transport over 1,300 students driving over 1,600 miles each day,” said Boswell.

It takes 23 bus routes to accomplish getting students to and from school. He said the bus drivers are often the first and the last face students see every day and we appreciate the efforts they put forward each day. Each bus driver will receive a certificate of appreciation.

Approved business by the board included:

- The amended school calendar for 2019-2020.

- A service agreement with Cross Thread Solutions to provide interpreting services beginning Feb. 15 through Feb. 29, 2020.

- A lease agreement with Kungle Trucking Company beginning July 1 through June 30, 2020, at the rate of $6,800 per month for the property at 3381 E. Waterloo Road for the purpose of bus parking and bus maintenance bays.

- A service contract with Diligent Electronic Security Systems to provide security cameras for the entrances at the Administration Building, Schrop Intermediate School, Spring Hill Elementary and Young Elementary along with a Network Video Recorder to record 30 days of video.

- A service contract with Final Forms to provide electronic management of student and staff information including DASL (data analysis for student learning) integration.

- A data access agreement with Summit Education Initiative.

- A resolution authorizing negotiation for a contract for professional design services in connection with the district's transportation depot project.

- A lease agreement with Educational Alternative beginning March 1, 2019, through March 1, 2021, for $7,000 per month for the property at 2141 Pickle Road.

- Sincere congratulated the Lady Spartans bowling team for qualifying for the state championship.

The board went into executive session to discuss the purchase of property for public purposes or the sale of property at competitive bidding. No action was taken.

The next meeting will be held at 6 p.m., March 19 at Spring Hill Elementary School.