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.
Springfield City School administrators have had time to digest the school funding plan released by Ohio House Republicans. Under the House plan, schools will receive nearly $121 million less next year than in Governor John Kasich's plan. Springfield City Schools fare well under the House plan.
In their school funding budget, House Republicans increased per-pupil funding in Ohio from $5,000 in Kasich’s plan to $5,732 in 2014, which is the same amount that has been in place since 2009.
Springfield Superintendent David Estrop and Chief of Police Stephen Moody met with school board members recently to address growing concerns about safety measures in the city school system.
Estrop said that the school system has an excellent partnership with the police department and school safety has become the most important issued at hand. He says although there is a movement to arm teachers, Springfield schools are not ready to go that route.