Springfield Global Stem Academy

Greater Springfield Career ConnectED

The newly-formed Greater Springfield Career ConnectED Consortium held its first symposium in Springfield this week.

The event attracted more than 200 people, including educators and business leaders from across the country.

Kim Fish with Springfield City Schools, one of the ConnectED partners, explained the event helped show how the consortium will help students better prepare for college and careers after high school.

Springfield's Global Stem Impact Academy is moving forward with plans to open this fall. The academy has found a new location and permanent director.

The Academy's plan to open this fall in the old South High School site was derailed in January when the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission released a report questioning the viability of the school that was proposed by Sen. Chris Widener. Widener says the academy will be the first regional science, technology, engineering and math school in the state focused on the agricultural-bioscience and food service industries.

A state agency charged with overseeing the development and construction of public schools, is trying to halt the opening of Springfield's Global Stem Impact Academy, which is to be located in the old Springfield South High School.

Springfield school officials are planning to fight to keep the project alive. The Stem Academy is a project developed by State Sen. Chris Widener to train students in the bio-agricultural science field. Sources say it would cost between $6 and $9 million dollars to renovate a portion of the old Springfield South High School.