Springfield Schools considering partnership for trail
The Springfield Local Schools Board of Education approved appropriations of $55.7 million for the 2013-14 school year during the Sept. 10 board meeting.
According to the appropriations, the budget includes $29 million for the General Fund, $16.7 million for capital improvements, $4 million for the employee benefits self-insurance fund and almost $2.8 million for debt service.
Also during the meeting, Curriculum Director Jolene Reinhart presented information on Livebinders, an application on the department’s page available on the district’s website at www.springfieldspartans.org. The application contains resources and easy links to more information on education-related data for staff and parents.
In other business, Springfield Trustee Dean Young requested district officials consider partnering to construct a new 6,000-foot-long, 8-foot-wide walking trail near the the Akron Springfield JEDD Park and Schrop Intermediate School on Pickle Road.
Young told district officials the township has received a $15,000 Creating Healthy Communities grant from Summit County Public Health. The trail would circle the community garden at its south end and run parallel to Pickle Road to circle a wooded area at the north end. The estimated cost of the trail is $49,667, and $16,620 has been promised in in-kind contributions to date, in addition to the grant, according to Young. Township officials are seeking another $18,047 for the trail.
Young added the schools could use the walking trail for cross-country meets, physical education classes and science-based learning opportunities. He suggested the community and parents coming to the park to drop off children for youth practices could also use the trail for walking.
Young stated township officials are seeking approval to place a large part of the trail on school property, contributions of equipment and/or services to develop the trail and financial assistance. Young said they are also seeking to partner with local businesses, the Boy Scouts and Lakemore officials to develop the trail.
Young asked district officials to appoint a board member as a liaison for the project. He added that board member Bobby Dinkins helped write the grant.
“What you are proposing is wonderful for our community,” said Superintendent William Stauffer.
Stauffer also reported on the district’s school start this year.
“The students are excited and enthused,” he said. “Enrollment is up by about 100 students, and classes are a little larger, but we are looking to increase our teaching staff.”
Stauffer also said the mass tuned dampers being used to fix vibrations on the second floor of the new school building currently under construction for students in seventh through 12th grades are being shipped to the site.
In response to questions on the problem, Stauffer said the architect and engineers have “signed off on the dampers.”
“We [the board and I] are satisfied with what the fixes are,” he added.
Board member Neal Hess and Treasurer Chris Adams were absent from the meeting.
The next Springfield Local Schools Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at Young Elementary, located at 3258 Nidover Drive.
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