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Classes in session at Springfield High and Junior High

1/9/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Local School District staff and students in seventh through 12th grades began the new year in the new $42 million school Jan. 8, after extreme cold shuttered the school for another two days beyond the holiday break.

During the Jan. 7 Springfield Board of Education meeting, Business Manager Dan Laskos reported the move from the old high school and Spring Hill Junior High to the new building is nearing completion, with items being moved into storage or to other school buildings for their use.

“It’s gone rather well,” he said. “I thank Mother Nature for the extra two days.”

Superintendent Bill Stauffer said there has been a lot of work put into the move.

“I have the best administrative team,” he said, thanking Laskos, Technology Director Dustin Boswell, high school Principal Cynthia Frola and others.

Stauffer also said the dedication ceremony that took place Jan. 4 for the new school went well. [See related photo feature on Page 1.]

“It was truly a great experience to see the excitement and pride,” he said. “Now we can begin planning for the conversion of the Junior High School into an elementary school for Roosevelt Elementary students to move into in the fall.”

In other business, the board unanimously approved a three-year contract with Rea & Associates for GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) services.

The board announced at the December meeting it was considering foregoing the annual process of converting its books to this system, as requested by the state auditor, due to the $9,000 cost, and instead paying the $750 fine for not converting.

Treasurer Chris Adams had reported not doing the GAPP conversion would result in notices, indicating the district did not get a “clean” audit. He added there are about 70 districts of the more than 600 in the state that did not do the GAPP conversion.

Adams also reported revenue for the district is up about $600,000, mostly due to better than anticipated state funding, and some from a reduction of about $200,000 in spending from budgeted personnel services.

Stauffer also said an increase in enrollment of about 100 new students, resulting in an additional $800,000 in funding, has helped the district.

Stauffer also took time during the meeting to recognize board members for their efforts on behalf of the students in the district and declared January School Board Recognition Month. He said board members make tough decisions and commit a significant amount of time to board matters for little pay.

The board adjourned into executive session for about one hour during the regular meeting to discuss personnel matters, but no decisions were made.

In other matters, the board approved:

  • the employment of Rachael Frame and Sandra Jett as routed bus drivers and Amy Schneider and John Denczak as classified substitutes, all pending proper licensure;
  • an amendment to an item approved in September involving a stipend for Kevin Gorby, from one period all year ($6,215) to one period in the first semester ($3,107); and
  • a supplemental contract for Carly Frey as varsity head softball coach.

Prior to regular business, the board held its organizational meeting and elected its officers.

Bobby Dinkins was elected as president and Mary Lou Dodson was elected vice president of the board.

Also, new board member Glenn Wieland was sworn into office, replacing Neal Hess, who chose not to run for re-election. Wieland returns to the position after several years away from the seat.

Board members Cindy Collins and Mary Lou Dodson, who were unopposed in the November General Election, also were sworn into office.

In addition, Dodson and Wieland were named as the district’s representatives to the Portage Lakes Career Center Board of Education and will serve for three-year terms. Stauffer said Dodson has been a small-business owner and has 30 years of board experience, and Wieland works for Coca-Cola and has been a union steward.

“They understand the business needs of Ohio,” he said.

The district had invited applicants for the positions after amendments to the Ohio Revised Code changed the board requirements. Stauffer said no one else applied for the two seats on the board.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. in the community room of Springfield High and Junior High School, 1180 Canton Road.

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