SPRINGFIELD TWP.  The June 18 meeting of the Board of Education for the Springfield Schools began with recognition of the 2018-19 retirees.

The honored retirees were Janet Baker, Rebecca Burtoft, Jamie Eberts, Frances Fair, Cheryl Glaze, Michael Huffman, Elden Lanik and Naomi Moody. Superintendent Chuck Sincere said the eight retirees together had given 224 years of service to the schools.

Each retiree received a bell and for those not present Sincere will deliver them.

'Great year'

Sincere summed up what was a great school year with 177 graduates crossing the stage at EJ Thomas Hall ready to compete at the next level.

He said the graduates qualified for more than $380,000 in scholarships, 74 of them were also graduates from Portage Lakes Career Center and of those 74, six of them graduated with a two-year associate degree from the University of Akron.

He said the youngest Spartans, the class of 2032, graduated from the pre-school at Spring Hill Elementary. It was the largest number they had ever had at 43 students.

Sincere said the third year of the Leader In Me program was completed at Spring Hill and Young.

“Not only are students getting a top-notch education, we are developing leaders,” he said.

This year, Schrop received the Momentum Award. He spoke about ASPIRE (active students participating inspires real engagement) a new program through the special services department where handicap children are working to be prepared for job opportunities by spending a portion of the day working.

Curriculum mapping has been completed for the district. 

The athletic department has set up the indoor batting cage and is working to start a website for athletics.

Sincere said safety and security is their number one concern and the district has participated in ongoing drills and training. Security cameras are being installed on some playgrounds.

“We are excited about the upcoming school year as we reflect on past school year. I thank everyone for helping to make significant progress on the goal of graduating students, college, career and community ready. It was a successful year marked by growth and accomplishment for all students at each grade level.”

He said it would not have been possible without, the quality staff, motivated students, strong school board and a very supportive community.

"Thank you for helping to make Springfield and Lakemore a good school district and a community to raise and educate your children. Good schools are a good value.”

Approved personnel items included:

- Acceptance of the resignation of teacher Liza Lower, effective the 2019-20 school year.

- Employment dismissal of probationary classified employee Heather Gresens, effective the end of the workday May 30.

- Employ, Extended School Year (ESY) aide Theda Millhoff to work ESY 2019 pending sufficient student enrollment at an hourly rate of $12.53 up to a maximum of 88 hours to be paid from federal funds.

- Addition of Brett Zimmerman to the Spring Hill Elementary Building Leadership Team (BLT).

- Employment reassigns: Yvonne Lewis as the cafeteria manager at Young Elementary School, Deborah Cutright as a seven hour cook at Young Elementary School, Vance Rife as the head building custodian at Spring Hill Elementary, Tina Tharp as the athletic department secretary at Springfield High School and Junior High School, Regina Southall as a two hour educational assistant at Young Elementary, Barb Lewis as the High School Junior High head building custodian, Debbie Campbell as the High School Junior High field house custodian, Linda Cooper as in school suspension and library at Schrop Intermediate and Tina Rodhe as a 7 hour cook at Spring Hill Elementary.

- An amendment to athletic supplemental contracts to reflect Magdalena Zook as JV Volleyball Coach at 11 percent was approved.

- The board deemed transportation for the ESY program to be unreasonable, uneconomical and impractical under present conditions.

- A service contract was approved with the Summit Educational Service Center to provide employment services to Chapel Hill Christian School (south campus) during the 2019-20 school year. The cost is paid from the Ohio Department of Education Axillary Funds.

- The board approved a resolution to request a tax advance to the Portage County Auditor for 2019-20.

- A resolution to withdraw from the Portage Trail conference at the end of the 2019-20 school year and join the Metro Athletic Conference effective 2020-21 was approved. Sincere said it is a great opportunity for the students. There will be eight similar sized schools in the league.

“It is more than just taking children to a site, competing, and coming home. There will be more involved,” said Sincere.

He included leadership, scheduling officials and other pluses. They contacted other leagues and took the best ideas from each and created this new league. It will begin with the 2020-21 school year. “We are excited about this,” he said.

- Passed was a service agreement with Summa Health Conference to provide trainer services effective 2020-21 school year.

- Amended appropriations for fiscal year 2019 were approved.

- Temporary appropriations for fiscal year 2020 were approved.

- The Springfield High School and Junior High early release dates were approved.

- Resident Jennifer White expressed her concern with the lack of communication to her in several situations which, has been going on for a long time. She also asked for an update on what was being done to help with the bullying situations and safety at the schools. 

- The board went into executive session with no action to follow.

- A presentation was made by Jay Crafton and Bill Cook from BSHM Architects regarding the proposed transportation facility for the district. The proposed site is behind the Lakemore Plaza. The building would have an area for driver meetings, dispatch, mechanics, storage of busses and supplies and interface with the community. A parking lot for employees would be separate of bus parking with two driveways to allow for better traffic flow. 

- Treasurer Chris Adams said next month he will have an update on the financials for the end of the school year. He said the district is doing everything in it power to reduce costs, painlessly, without impacting people’s lives.

The next board meeting will be at 6 p.m., July 9 in the community room of the High School Junior High School.