Ohio lawmakers recently passed a new provision in House Bill 487 that will ease the restrictions of the Common Core education standards in Ohio Schools. The change in the law was good news to Springfield City Schools.
The Common Core is a set of standards that recommends when students should be successfully passing certain math and reading skills. Superintendent Dr. David Estrop believes that Common Core isn't a bad idea, but its implementation was moving too fast.
Springfield City Schools Superintendent Dr. David Estrop has announced his retirement. Estrop's departure is a result of legislative changes to the state’s retirement program.
Estrop has been superintendent for five years and has spent nearly 45 years in education. He explained that changes in the cost-of-living rules and the age and years-of-service requirements for full benefits in the state teachers retirement system is forcing many of Ohio's experienced educators to retire sooner than later.
U.S. Marshals have arrested a teenage fugitive wanted in connection to the shooting death of 17-year-old Springfield high school student Jeffrey Wellington early Easter morning. Tyrin Hawkins, 17, is now in custody in the Clark County Juvenile Jail
Hawkins was arrested in Dayton by the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team or SOFAST, which is made up of nearly two dozen area law enforcement agencies and U.S. Marshals.
Several dignitaries including State Senator Chris Widener and Mayor Warren Copeland gathered on the campus of Clark State University Monday afternoon for a ribbon cutting ceremony. The event formally opened Springfield's Global Impact STEM Academy.
Widener called the academy the first of it's kind in the nation that will allow students to study while also gaining hands on experience in the agricultural bio-sciences field. After thanking Clark State President Dr. Jo Alice Blondin for helping provide a temporary location for the school, but Widener also talked about a permanent future site.
The Springfield School Board voted Thursday night to suspend pay-to-play fees for student athletes. The suspension of fees will be for three years and families who have already paid fees for this year will be reimbursed.
Superintendent Dr. David Estrop says the district's decision to suspend fees for three years is due in large part to the community’s support in May of a 2.2-mill bond levy. Athletes have been paying up to $150 to play sports at the middle and high school levels.