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Springfield BOE seeking new member

6/19/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Plus, BOE members place three renewal levies on November ballot

LAKEMORE — Springfield Local Schools Board of Education (BOE) member Cindy Collins announced at the June 17 meeting she is moving out of the district and will no longer be able to serve on the board.

Collins, who was elected to her first four-year term in 2009 and re-elected in 2013, tendered her resignation effective June 30 at the meeting. The Springfield resident explained her husband has been transferred to Peoria, Illinois, and they are moving out of state in the next few months.

“Serving on the board has been a positive experience, and the board members have been wonderful to work with because everyone respected each other’s opinions,” she said. “I highly recommend it. It’s something you will never forget.”

District Superintendent William Stauffer said Collins will be missed.

“She was a benefit to the district,” he added.

Other board members commended Collins for her dedication to the students of the district.

“She has been involved since her kids were in school, and she worked to make this a better district,” said Board member Glenn Wieland.

Board member Mary Lou Dodson said Collins has done a thorough job while serving on the board.

“She has always done what is best for the kids,” said Board President Bobby Dinkins.

District officials are accepting letters of interest from residents of Lakemore and Springfield who want to serve on the board. The new member would have to run to retain the remaining two-year term of the seat in the 2015 November General Election.

Letters of interest should be submitted to district officials at the Springfield Administrative Offices, 2410 Massillon Road, Akron, OH 44312.

Stauffer said district officials will meet July 14 at 6 p.m. to review the applications and appoint a replacement for Collins. The new board member will attend a board meeting the next day, July 15, set for 6 p.m. in the Community Room of Springfield High School, located at 1880 Canton Road.

In other business, the board approved placing the renewal of three five-year levies all due to expire Dec. 31, 2014, on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot. The levies include a $930,000 emergency levy, a $1.6 million emergency levy and a 7-mill levy that collects $1.8 million.

The levies do not represent an increase in taxes for residents, according to district officials.

Board member Dave Hofer said the three levies represent 18 percent of the district’s revenue and are used to fund general operations, which include salaries and benefits, purchased services, textbooks and supplies.

Curriculum and Instruction Director Jolene Reinhart also presented an update on the department’s work to the board. Reinhart discussed efforts ranging from classroom instruction to professional development.

Also at the meeting, the board approved:

  • contracts with Opportunity School, Harbor Education Services LLC, PRN Therapy Services Inc. and licensed practical nurse Laura Savage;
  • the hiring of Desiree Boardwine as a language arts and drama teacher;
  • supplemental contracts for Ernie Cole as instrumental music head director and summer band head director, Alexa McCleaster as instrumental music assistant director and summer band assistant director, and Ashley Fraley as vocal music director;
  • the resignation of classified employee Peggy Hartong from a two-hour cafeteria position and hiring her as a classified substitute;
  • the resignation of Angela Minear as an aide and hiring her as a classified substitute; and
  • various summer and extended-year positions.

Also at the meeting, the board recognized five retirees, including special education teacher Craig Cochran (30 years), maintenance worker Charles Kinsinger (30 years), head custodian Shirley Huffman (29 years), Spanish teacher Nancy Roberts (20 years) and French and Spanish teacher Susan Stein (17 years).

There was no action taken during a special June 16 board meeting, in which personnel matters were discussed.

The board adjourned into executive session to again discuss personnel, with no action taken afterward.

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