Dr. David Estrop

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The Springfield City School District's Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday night to hire Dr. Robert Hill from Lorain County's Firelands School District  to replace retiring Superintendent Dr. David Estrop.
 

Estrop announced late last year that he's retiring in June because of legislative changes to the state’s retirement program. He's been in charge of the district for six years and has spent nearly 45 years in education.

Dr. David Estrop and Mario Basora held a press conference to explain why their respective school districts are applying for assessment testing waivers from the state.
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Both Springfield and Yellow Springs school districts are applying for a five-year waiver to opt out of significant state and federal testing requirements. There was a little staged magic involved in today's press conference on the issue.

Both Springfield and Yellow Springs are part of the Innovation Lab Network - a group of schools that use alternative teaching models. Estrop was also speaking for the Global STEM Academy in Springfield that is also applying for a waiver.

Three finalists have been selected to replace Dr. David Estrop as superintendent of the Springfield City Schools. Estrop is retiring at the end of the school year, and the school board is hoping to select his replacement by the end of March.
 

District Treasurer Dale Miller says the finalists are all superintendents of other Ohio school districts: Robert Hill from Firelands Local School District in Cleveland, Guy Parmigian from Benton-Carroll-Salem Local School District in Oak Harbor, and Carl Metzger from South-Western City Schools in Grove City.

Gov. John Kasich's proposed $72.3 billion budget includes cuts to more than half of Ohio's public school districts, but the superintendent of Springfield City Schools believes the budget will help his and many other districts.

Dr. David Estrop, who's in his final year as the head of Springfield City Schools, says poorer school district's like Springfield get more funding under the governor’s proposal.

An open house was held at South High School recently to give residents a look at what will soon become the new educational hub.
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The doors of historic Springfield South High School, which closed in 2008, were once again open to the public this week. An open house allowed residents and alumni to see what will soon become an educational hub for four other Clark County schools.

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.

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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.

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