SPRINGFIELD TWP. Springfield Township resident Chad Lance is the newest member on the Springfield Local Schools Board of Education. He is filling the rest of the term for former board member Shannon Marcum. The term will end Dec. 31, 2021.


Lance is originally from Salem where he grew up between three corn fields working on the neighboring farm. He and his family, wife Mary and their children, Henry (7), Dillan (10) and Grace (12), have always lived in the Springfield school district.


Lance also was appointed to the Village of Lakemore council to fill a vacant seat and was elected to council in 2016. He resigned in May 2019 when he moved to Springfield. He had spent six and a half years as a councilman.


Lance is a graduate of United Local High School in Hanoverton, where he lettered two years in football and four years in baseball. He was also involved in the theater department and choir. Today, he is a financial analyst specializing in fixed assets. He received a Bachelor of Science in accounting from the University of Akron.


His hobbies include everything Cleveland Browns and gardening. He has been coaching youth baseball in Springfield for the past five years. He said they also just acquired a new boat that he is working on to get it on the water, “so my children, wife and I can enjoy the outdoors even more,” he said.


Lance said he is really excited for the future of the Springfield School District.


“It has come such a long way already from the day I moved into the district,” he said.


Lance said he is very interested in possibly modeling the 7 to 12 building campus with an addition of a K to 6 style campus that would upgrade all of the elementary and middle schools to modern efficient buildings with upgraded technological advances for the students of this district.


“These children are the future of our world and we need to do all we can to make sure they are prepared for the world we are leaving them,” Lance said.