SPRINGFIELD TWP.  After an executive session, the Springfield Board of Education approved a new negotiated agreement between the board and the Springfield Local Association of Classroom Teachers (SLACT).

The agreement, approved at the Aug. 20 board meeting, was approved for a period of two years beginning Aug. 21 through Aug. 20, 2021.

In preparation for the beginning of the new school year, the board approved a variety of personnel items:

- Resignations were accepted by the board for assistant football coach Al Hennon and Schrop Running Club Advisor Betty Kern.

- Employment reassignments included classified employee Kiersten Porter as a four-hour cafeteria worker, classified employee Jelena Pajic as a seven-hour cook at Schrop Intermediate School, Tracie Holstein as a two-hour cafeteria worker at Schrop Intermediate School, Laura Pace as a two-hour cafeteria worker at Young Elementary School and Amy Hurst as a two-hour educational assistant at Spring Hill Elementary.

- The board approved the employ of Lia Edsall as a two-hour educational assistant at Young Elementary; Margaret Christopher as a classified substitute; and home instructors Ashley Savage, Leona Cable, Carol Tolson and Kim Borcoman.

- Non-sport supplemental contracts for the 2019-20 school year were approved as well as athletic supplemental contracts for the school year.

- Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) Committee Members were approved for the 2019-20 school year per the negotiated SLACT agreement. They are Dana Floyd, Jenny Ganzer, Kelly Humenansky, Mary Meadows and Kim Wood.

- Service contracts were approved: Pro Taxi Service LLC to transport students as needed for the special services department, Education Alternatives to provide educational programming in accordance with placement at Education Alternatives as needed for the 2019-20 school year, Koinonia Enterprises to provide transition-based services for youth in the district and an agreement with the Springfield Police Department to provide an attendance coordinator for the 2019-20 school year.

- A resolution was approved by board members regarding complimentary passes and waiving payment of any entry fee to sports events for the 2019-20 school year. Senior citizens with a Golden Buckeye card are admitted to sporting events for free.

- A purchase service agreement with Zinkan Enterprises to perform the water treatment program for the boiler systems was approved.

- The board approved the 2019-20 bus routes which authorizes the superintendent as designee to make changes as necessary during the school year to address enrollment changes and safety issues.

- A service agreement with Southeast Security to update and monitor the security system at Spring Hill Elementary was accepted. The board approved a memorandum of understanding with SLACT for the Ohio Teacher Evaluation System (OTES) Pilot Program.

- A resolution approving and authorizing bidding for the construction of the district's transportation depot project was approved by the board members. Advertising for bids began Aug. 28.

- The board appointed a delegate, Dave Hofer, and alternate delegate, Larry Petry, for the Ohio School Board Association’s annual business meeting in November. 

- Donations were accepted by the board of a High School Engineering Design Challenge Soap Box Derby car kit valued at approximately $650 through the Summit County Community Development Block Grant Program, $500 from the Springfield Part-Time Firefighters Association to the high school football team and $500 from the Springfield Fire Department International Association of Fire Fighters Local 3040 to the high school football team.

- Superintendent Chuck Sincere thanked the local fire departments for their donations to help with football uniforms. He said he is looking forward to seeing the students race down the hill at Derby Downs in this year’s challenge.

The next board meeting is at 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Spring Hill Elementary School.