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New school ready for students in January

11/21/2013 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Fixes to floor vibration problems in Springfield Local School District’s new $42 million school for students in seventh through 12th grades have been completed two weeks early, which will allow all teachers and students to move into the building in January.


The floor problems were discovered in the spring, and research into the problem and the required fixes delayed the planned fall move-in date. The plan then became that high school students would move into their wing first in January and students in seventh and eighth grades would follow two or three weeks later, according to district officials.


Springfield Superintendent William Stauffer announced at the Nov. 19 Board of Education meeting all the work will be done in time for everyone to move in together.


“This new building is beautiful,” he said. “Everyone is going to love it.”


To accommodate the move, students in seventh through 12th grades will not attend class Dec. 20 to give teachers the day to pack up, and the students will not return until Jan. 7, giving teachers time to unpack in their new classrooms.


Business Manager Dan Laskos, who is overseeing the move, said there is a lot being done to prepare for the move.


Stauffer also announced a dedication ceremony for the new building will take place Jan. 4 at 10 a.m., with tours between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.


In other business, Stauffer spoke in support of the new Common Core curriculum introduced by the Ohio Department of Education.


“The Common Core curriculum is a good thing,” he said. “This initiative raises the bar and academic standards, making the curriculum tougher, which is needed because students today are competing globally and need to know more.”


During his report, Treasurer Chris Adams reported the district’s revenue is up about 3 percent from last year, according to the first quarter numbers. He attributed that to construction in Lakemore and Springfield, increased real estate valuations and getting more money from the state.


Also, the board:


• approved a transfer of $725,752 from the General Fund to the Construction Fund;


• accepted resignations from: teacher Kara Mitchell, effective Oct. 21; classified bus monitor Billie McQuillen, effective Nov. 8; classified employees Melissa Dobbins, effective Nov. 11, and Marjorie Thomas, effective Nov. 22; and the retirement resignation of classified employee Shirley Huffman, effective Jan. 1;


• hired Christina Garrison as a substitute bus driver, Janet Carney and Joyce Price as classified substitutes, and Tina Rodhe as a classified two-hour cafeteria employee; and


• approved winter sports supplemental contracts and volunteer coaches Glen Smith for junior varsity boys bowling and Rob Crihfield for junior varsity girls bowling.


The next regular board meeting will take place Dec. 17, at an earlier time of 5:30 p.m., in the community room at the new Springfield High School, located on Canton Road next to the old high school building.


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