Springfield Township, Hamilton County, Ohio
|Springfield Township, Hamilton County, Ohio|
Township government building
Location in Hamilton County and the state of Ohio.
|• Township Administrator||Michael T. Hinnenkamp|
|• Assistant Administrator||Christopher Gilbert|
|• Trustee President||Joseph Honorlaw|
|• Trustee Vice President||Gwen McFarlin|
|• Trustee||Mark Berning|
|• Total||16.6 sq mi (43.1 km2)|
|• Land||16.4 sq mi (42.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)|
|Elevation||715 ft (218 m)|
|• Density||2,200/sq mi (840/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1086230|
Springfield Township is one of the twelve townships of Hamilton County, Ohio, United States. The 2010 census found 36,319 people in the township. Springfield Township is home to the largest private school in Ohio (St. Xavier High School), the largest lake in Hamilton County (at Winton Woods County Park), and the Cincinnati area's annual Greek Festival (at Holy Trinity-St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church).
Springfield Township is suburban with abundant green space and parks, including most of the 2,500-acre Winton Woods County Park. The township also includes the largest lake in Hamilton County, the 188 surface-acre Winton Woods lake. 
Springfield Township today consists of the core of the original township boundaries, although five non-contiguous "islands" exist due to annexations. The Township Master Plan divides the township into eleven (11) neighborhoods which closely align with or subdivide the seven (7) public school districts serving the township:
- Finneytown -- Finneytown Local Schools
- Hamilton (Road) Southwest -- Mount Healthy City Schools
- Hamilton (Road) Northeast -- Mount Healthy City Schools
- Hollydale -- Princeton City Schools
- Lexington Heights, Glencoe and Wellsprings -- Mount Healthy City Schools
- Pleasant Run Farm -- the northwest "island" served by Northwest Local Schools
- Seven Hills -- Mount Healthy City Schools
- The Valley -- three southeast "islands" served by Cincinnati Public Schools
- West College Hill -- the southwest "island" served by North College Hill City Schools
- Winton (Road) Northeast -- Winton Woods Local Schools
- Winton (Road) Northwest -- Winton Woods Local Schools
The following census-designated places are in the township:
- Finneytown, in the south
- New Burlington, in the west
- Pleasant Hills, in the south center, north of Finneytown
- Pleasant Run Farm, in the northwest
- Skyline Acres, in the southwest
The following municipalities have annexed into the original Springfield Township boundaries:
The Township borders ten municipalities, and Colerain township to the west:
- Fairfield - north, north of Forest Park
- Forest Park - north, between Fairfield and Green Hills, west of Springdale
- Greenhills - north, south of Forest Park
- Springdale - northeast, between Forest Park and Glendale
- Glendale - northeast, between Springdale and Woodlawn
- Woodlawn - east, between Glendale and Wyoming
- Wyoming - southeast, between Woodlawn and Cincinnati
- Cincinnati - south
- North College Hill - southwest, south of Mount Healthy
- Mount Healthy - southwest, north of North College Hill
- Colerain Township - west
Name and history
The township is governed by a three-member board of trustees, who are elected in November of odd-numbered years to a four-year term beginning on the following January 1. Two are elected in the year after the presidential election and one is elected in the year before it. There is also an elected township fiscal officer, who serves a four-year term beginning on April 1 of the year after the election, which is held in November of the year before the presidential election. Vacancies in the fiscal officership or on the board of trustees are filled by the remaining trustees.
The trustees elected in the year after the Presidential election are Mark Berning and Joe Honerlaw. The trustee elected in the year before the Presidential election is Gwen McFarlin. Dan Berning is the fiscal officer.
Public elementary and secondary education is provided by seven school districts:
Only Finneytown school boundaries are solely within the boundaries of Springfield Township.
Private schools within the boundaries of Springfield Township include:
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- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Springfield township, Hamilton County, Ohio". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved November 9, 2012.
- Laugle, Laura. "T. M. Berry Project: Berry and the Fight for Fair Housing in Cincinnati, Part 1". University of Cincinnati Library. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
In 1947, Berry and a few other middle and working-class black citizens set out to create a neighborhood of single-family homes...
- Laugle, Laura. "T. M. Berry Project: Berry and the Fight for Fair Housing in Cincinnati, Part 2". University of Cincinnati Library. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
The problem for Berry and his partners was, as expected, discrimination. The chosen plot of land for the subdivision which would be named “Hollydale” was a farm in Springfield Township near Glenview Golf Course. In the article to the right, original Cedar Grove Homestead Association member Edward Jacobs explains “we were told by the farmer who owned the land that he’d rather see the land full of weeds and rabbits before he would sell it to us… Once we raised enough money, we had to get a white lady in Glendale to buy the land in her name and turn it over to the association.”
- Laugle, Laura. "T. M. Berry Project: Berry and the Fight for Fair Housing in Cincinnati, Part 3". University of Cincinnati Library. Retrieved 2017-08-04.
Approximately 200 homes were built in the subdivision in the middle part of the 20th century. Thanks to the efficiency of the building techniques used, the homes in Hollydale were relatively affordable.
- Goodman, Rebecca (January 17, 2003). "Obituary: Edward Jacobs Sr.: Opened 1940s developments for blacks". Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
Edward Eugene Jacobs Sr., founder of Cedar Grove Homestead Association, a cooperative that helped African-Americans find quality housing in Cincinnati, and founder of Hollydale Homes in Springfield Township, died of cancer at Good Samaritan Hospital on Dec. 4. He was 82.
- Key, Jennie (December 27, 2016). "Hollydale neighborhood enhancement project a success". Cincinnati.com. Retrieved 2017-08-07.
Corbett Harvey founded the Cedar Grove Homestead Association to build the subdivision in 1947, but opposition to the black neighborhood and setbacks pushed construction off by 10 years.
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- §503.24, §505.01, and §507.01 of the Ohio Revised Code. Accessed 4/30/2009.
- "Fall Enrollment (ADM) - October 2014 Non-Public Buildings" (Excel). Ohio Department of Education. April 24, 2015. Retrieved August 16, 2015. St. Xavier has an average daily membership (ADM) of 1,574 in-state boys and 36 out-of-state boys for a total of 1,610. The next-largest school, St. Ignatius High School, is listed with an ADM of 1,514. Note that ODE does not report headcount for genders with 1–9 students; for each of these entries, nine students is assumed.