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Springfield district finalizing construction project payments

3/20/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Springfield Local School District officials are continuing to work on winding up the construction of the new $42 million school for students in seventh through 12th grades.

At the March 18 Board of Education meeting, the board approved a resolution to amend two sections of the construction management services agreement between the Ohio School Facilities Commission and Regency Construction Services for the project.

Superintendent William Stauffer explained the changes reflect costs related to Regency staying on the project an extra year to deal with the problems associated with floor vibrations discovered this past spring on the second floor of the new building.

The board also approved the transfer of $40,984 from the General Fund to the LFI (Locally Funded Initiatives) Construction Fund. Treasurer Chris Adams explained this will be a monthly cash outlay until litigation regarding the floor problems is finalized. No details were offered on that case at the meeting.

The board also approved the payment of other outstanding bills regarding the new building.

Stauffer also reported demolition on the old high school has begun and is set to be completed by the end of this month.

Springfield Schools will not observe a spring break this year to make up for the late start to the school year, which had been planned to accommodate the scheduled opening of the new school building in the fall. The move did not happen until the start of school in January, after the holiday break.

Stauffer reported classes in the district will be extended to include June 9 and 10 to make up for the extra two days the district was closed beyond the five allowed calamity days. Stauffer said he did not favor the use of “blizzard bags” or extending the day by 30 minutes each day because of extracurricular activities and part-time jobs held by students.

In other business, the board approved:

  • a contract extension (with five years administrative experience) for one year for high school Principal Cynthia Frola. The contract does not reflect a pay increase, according to district officials;
  • an annual service contract for Internet service with Northeast Ohio Network for Education Technology;
  • a contract with KRG Education Services Inc. for one student from Feb. 4 to May 29 at a cost of $9,750;
  • the employment of Meredith Williams as a classified substitute, Kelli Williams and Dayna Bole as two-hour cafeteria workers, Cassey Boss as a two-hour education assistant and Kristina Tyner as a substitute bus driver;
  • an increase in hours for Lin Benninger to five hours per day as a routed bus driver;
  • to grant Family Medical Leave Act requests to Kathy Metz and Charles Kinsinger; and
  • sports supplemental contracts for Steve Thompson and Matt Thomas as baseball coaches, Eric Etapa and Kenny Stevenson as varsity assistant track coaches, Anastacia Grenig as volunteer junior varsity softball coach and Lorraine Williams as volunteer female strength trainer.

Officials also announced Young Elementary School, located at 3258 Nidover Road, will host a carnival tomorrow, March 22, from 3 to 6 p.m. The event is open to the public.

The next board meeting is scheduled for April 15 at 6 p.m. at the high school, located at 1880 Canton Road.

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