The Springboro school board is meeting Thursday night to consider changing the policy for reducing staff and to approve a contract with the Cincinnati Bengals to practice at CareFlight Field.
The new board policy removes seniority as a key factor in determining which teachers and support staff to cut due to a reduction in force or for other reasons. Instead the superintendent would make recommendations for staff reductions.
The board policy is proposed in anticipation of changes expected at the state level. Ohio lawmakers are weighing changes in the evaluation and certification of teachers.
“Some of the policy is just laying the groundwork,” Board Member Don Miller said. “There are still some questions.”
Also Thursday, the board is expected to approve a contract with the Bengals for the team to practice in the district’s football stadium from 4:30 p.m.- 8 p.m., Monday, Aug. 19.
There will be no charge for admission, but the district is permitted to charge $5 a car for parking and operate concessions during the practice.
The Bengals are to pay $500 rent.
The district expects 2,000-3,000 people to attend the practice.
“It would be a big event,” Business Manager Jeff Madden told the board during a May work session.
Superintendent Todd Petrey said Ohio Sen. Shannon Jones, R-Clearcreek Twp., helped arrange for the Bengals practice.
The board also is scheduled to consider proposed changes in policies for controversial issues and religious/patriotic observations, which drew opposition from students, parents and teachers.
No decisions are expected, but there could be public comments on plans for classes that critics say will offer a religious spin on the U.S. Constitution at Springboro High School.
The board touched off more criticism this week by inviting district residents to attend courses on the U.S. Constitution taught by the National Center for Constitutional Studies and the Institute for the Constitution.
Board members Jim Rigano and David Petroni supported the courses.
“I’ve heard a small measure of political outrage on the courses announced today, but the opponents of the courses seem overly focused on politics, not on educational opportunities for our citizens,” Petroni said in an email.
On Wednesday, Miller said he objected to the board sponsorship of the courses and predicted the opposition would draw attention away from educating the district’s students.
“I don’t think we need to go down that road again.” Miller said.”From a board perspective, I didn’t sponsor it.”
Also Thursday, the board is scheduled to go into executive session as they continue to negotiate new contracts with teachers and other support staff while preparing to seek passage in November of a renewal levy tied to $9 million a year - 25 percent of their annual budget.
Springboro School Board
7 p.m. Thursday, June 27
Springboro High School
1675 S. Main St.-Ohi0 73
For information, 937-748-3960.