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3/7/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Springfield Local Schools administration, Board of Education offices move

SPRINGFIELD — The Springfield Local Schools administration and Board of Education offices have moved.

The new office is located near the intersection of Killian and Massillon roads in the former Maranatha Church office building. District officials purchased that office building and almost 2 acres at 2410 Massillon Road this past June for $300,000 in anticipation of the demolition of its current Administration Building at 2960 Sanitarium Road. The demolition was needed to make room for the construction of the new $42 million school for seventh- through 12th graders. The building is more than 55 years old, according to district officials.

Administration officials recently moved into the refurbished office building in the last weeks of February.

Board meetings will be held at various school buildings, including: March 19 in the Schrop Intermediate cafeteria, 2215 Pickle Road; April 16, Young Elementary gym, 3258 Nidover Ave.; and May 21, Roosevelt Elementary gym, 3110 Farmdale Road.

The meetings will move to the community room of the new school in the fall.

The phone and fax numbers remain the same, according to district officials.


Green schools approve contracts for services eligible for E-rate rebates

GREEN — During a special meeting March 5, the Green Local School District Board of Education approved several contracts for telecommunications and Internet-related services eligible for E-rate rebates.

There is a specific window of time during which the board can approve contracts eligible for the rebates — which allow the district to receive a portion of the cost for services back from the state — so the board’s special meeting was held, according to district Treasurer Eydie Snowberger.

Approved contracts included:

  • NEOnet, from July 1 through June 30, 2015, for hosted email at a cost of $4,725 annually, hosted voicemail at a cost of $6,750 annually, hosted voiceover IP telephony at a cost of $7,800 annually and hosted wireless at a cost of $5,265 annually;
  • Infinite Cohesion, from July 1 through June 30, 2016, for web hosting, mobile web hosting and maintenance at a cost of $6,168 annually; and
  • XO Communications, from July 1 through June 30, 2016, for local calling, long-distance calling, 500 direct inward dialing (DID), primary rate interface (PRI) and integrated services digital network (ISDN) at a cost of $1,183 per month.

“It’s a good way for the district to save some money,” said Snowberger.

Also during the meeting, the board approved routine personnel items, including the retirements of special education teacher Kathy Long and food service cook Lorraine Allen and the resignations of high school teacher Brian McQuain and Cafeteria Manager Sharon Jellel.

The next regular board meeting is set for March 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd.


CVNP seeks teachers for summer work in CVNP

CVNP — Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) is seeking qualified teachers who would like to work this summer in the Teacher to Ranger to Teacher (TRT) program.

This National Park Service (NPS) program links national park units with teachers from predominantly Title 1 school districts.

Under TRT, selected teachers spend eight weeks in the summer working as park rangers. They perform various duties depending on their interests and the needs of the park, including developing and presenting interpretive programs for the general public, staffing the visitor center desk, developing curriculum-based materials for the park or taking on special projects. Teachers have the opportunity to earn graduate credit for the experience.

During the school year, these Teacher Rangers bring the parks into the classroom by developing and presenting curriculum-based lesson plans that draw on their summer’s experience. In April, during National Park Week, Teacher Rangers wear their uniforms to school, discuss their summer and engage students and other teachers in activities that relate to America’s national parks.

This is the sixth year for CVNP staff to include Teacher Rangers.

For more details, call Pamela Barnes at 330-657-2796, ext. 113, or visit www.nps.gov/learn/trt/index.html. The deadline to apply is March 30.


Ariel Hakim, Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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