Springfield City Schools

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.

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's Superintendent of Schools, Dr. David Estrop ,says he is pleased with Governor John Kasich's education budget and reform proposal. Estrop feels the plan will benefit the school system.

Kasich's two-year budget plan calls for the state to pay for low income students who want to attend any K through 12 school including charter and private religious schools.

The plan calls for $8.5 million in fiscal year 2014 and $17 million in 2015 for vouchers to help students that are below the 200 percent federal poverty level.

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.

Springfield City Schools have entered into a partnership with Clark State Community College, Wright State University and the Dayton Development Coalition to develop the state's first bioscience academy.

The academy will prepare students to compete for jobs in the agricultural science field.

Springfield's McGregor Metalworking Companies is teaming up with Springfield area schools in an effort to get more students trained for manufacturing jobs.

The McGregor companies invited students and teachers in Clark County to tour their facilities over the weekend in honor of National Manufacturing Day.

 Over 1,000 educators, Middle and high school students were able to see the production of parts ranging from automotive seat components to John Deer combines.

Students in the Springfield School District will now be able to customize their education. The district will allow students to take courses outside of the classroom through a new education model that school officials say will attract more students and better prepare them for college.

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