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Springfield district continuing site improvements

4/17/2014 - South Side Leader
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By Maria Lindsay

Springfield Local School District Superintendent William Stauffer announced at the April 15 Springfield Board of Education meeting the demolition of the old high school is now complete and site work has begun in the area.

The school, with parts of it dating back to the 1930s, was demolished as part of the construction of a new $42 million school for students in seventh through 12th grades. Stauffer said asphalt is being removed from the site and the “lay of the land is changing dramatically.”

The site will be reworked to become a new ball field, according to district officials.

In related news, Stauffer announced the Springfield softball program is being highlighted in a display at the Ohio High School Athletic Association offices in Columbus. Stauffer said the Springfield team has won more softball championships that any other high school in the state.

In other business during the meeting, Springfield Treasurer Chris Adams reported that while the district continues to do well financially, a lawsuit over problems regarding fluctuations of the second floor of the new high school, which is now fixed, is costing the district “hundreds of thousands of dollars.”

“We could be doing better without this, but we are financially stable for the next few years,” said Adams.

Also at the meeting, the board approved various personnel items, including a three-year administrative contract for Roosevelt Elementary School Principal Mary Meadows, who took over for Lucy Brown when she retired last year, as well as 36 one-year limited contracts for various staff members.

The board also approved 10 days of extended time for Springfield High School Principal Cynthia Frola, as well as extended school year summer hours, at a rate of $22.61 for a maximum of 96 hours, for Mary Beth Mitchell, Melanie Smethers, Carol Tolson and Lisa Moretz.

The board also approved:

  • an annual service contract with the Summit County Educational Service Center for the 2014-15 school year;
  • the use of Action Taxi and City Yellow Cab to transport students unable to use a school bus;
  • memorandums of understanding with Stark State College to offer dual enrollment courses to students online, on site or at the high school;
  • an increase in preschool fees for the next school year, from $900 annually to $1,000 annually;
  • a three-year contract with Rea & Associates for audit requirements to the Medicaid School Program Agency Cost Report; and
  • an extension of the school year by two days, June 9 and 10, to make up required calamity days missed over and above the allowed five days.

The next board meeting is scheduled for May 20 at 6 p.m. at Springfield High School, 1880 Canton Road.

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