Springfield school employees, volunteers receive honors for service to education
This past school year might have been different with the COVID-19 pandemic closing things down but, those who dedicate themselves to the children and education in Springfield Local Schools continued their work and were honored for it.
The district was awarded the Auditor of State Award. This was the fourth consecutive year for Springfield to receive the award.
Treasurer Chris Adams pointed out that in the last three years, 60 percent of the staff has been turned over and yet the district has not had a hitch.
“Considering we had over 100 years of service to the Springfield Local Schools in three employees is daunting,” he said. “I wish they had a state auditor award of the staff, my staff would receive it.”
Each year, the state auditor sends several people into the office and they dig through all the district’s financials.
“They were obviously very pleased, and we are very pleased,” he said. “This could not happen without the staff. The staff handles a lot of the details and the auditor’s department digs into a lot of those little details. We balance to the penny every month. I am very fortunate to have the staff that I have,” Adams said.
Adams is a shared treasurer with Mogadore Local Schools and the shared position works well saving the two districts money in their budgets.
This year, Adams also received the Ohio School Boards Association Northeast Region Outstanding Treasurer award for 2019.
School Volunteer Amy Burt, who is president of Schrop Parent Teacher Group (PTG), was also presented with the Outstanding Volunteer of the Year Award by the Ohio School Boards Association Northeast Region.
She and her husband, Damien, have two daughters, Emily and Madison.
Burt was nominated for Volunteer of the Year by Shannon Dawson and surprised when she was selected.
“I was shocked to hear that I had won the award because I didn’t know such a thing existed,” Burt said.
She has volunteered for Springfield Schools for eight years. She began at Young Elementary as a room mom for parties. Then at Schrop where now she is the president for the parent group.
“I really enjoy working with the teachers and parents to make the school year fun for the kids. It makes me feel good to see the kids happy and smiling,” said Burt. “I don’t do what I do for any type of recognition, however, it felt good.
“As president of the PTG, I am only a piece of all of the many volunteers it takes to make our events successful. We arrange the fundraisers for the school, and the community. Last school year, we were able to donate money to Springfield Cares, childhood cancer and a local family in need of help.”
The PTG also holds spirit days, nine-week rewards, operates the school store, holds popcorn days and more.
In her spare time, Burt likes to read, do projects with her daughters and plan fun things for the kids at school.
Mary Lou Dodson, a third generation Springfield resident who has lived in the township all her life, has the special distinction of giving more than 40 years of service to the Springfield Local Schools Board of Education. The Ohio Board of Education honored Dodson for her longtime service to education.
Dodson became a board member because of a situation, and she believed she could help the schools by being on the board. Her oldest daughter was in the 9th grade when Science Teacher Frank Chenoweth was taken out of the science class to become the Audio-Visual Director. That left the teaching position filled by substitutes. After about nine weeks of substitutes, Dodson said she went to the board of education meeting and asked why they hadn’t hired a teacher for that position. The board was unaware of the fact that a teacher had not been hired for a permanent position. Dodson said she thought she could make those decisions and ran for the board in November 1979 and lost by one vote to John Doschak. It was the next September that she was appointed to fill the position of resigning board member Millie Buzzelli.
The Ohio School Board awarded Dodson for her 40 years of service. All of her children were there to celebrate: Kelly Matthews from Spokane, Wash.; daughter, Karla Shackelford; son, Sam Dodson, wife Melissa and their three daughters, Lindsay, Katie, and Jenna all from Springfield Township; and Mary Ann George from Kentucky.
All Springfield board members were present as well and Superintendent Chuck Sincere, Treasurer Chris Adams and Business Manager Dustin Boswell.
“I truly enjoy serving my community. I love our schools, the staff, and students,” Dodson said. “I hope and pray we are able to have school in the fall with football and marching band.”