Canfield teachers agree to pay cut, higher premiums

By Kristine Gill


Canfield teachers have agreed to take a pay cut for the 2010-11 school year.

“They understand the hardship of this district,” schools Superintendent Dante Zambrini explained at Wednesday’s board of education meeting. “This saves $130,000 for the district.”

In addition to a 1 percent pay cut, the Canfield Education Association also agreed to an increase in health-care premiums to accommodate the changing economy, according to a joint press release issued by Zambrini and the CEA.

The new terms come in the midst of CEA’s current three-year contract, which had one year remaining.

The union represents 198 educators in the district.

In other business Wednesday, the board officially welcomed eight new employees: Jenna Donofrio and Crystal Schneider, tutors at C.H. Campbell Elementary; Kristen Gennaro, physical-education and health teacher at the high school; Todd Muckleroy, social-studies teacher at the high school and head boys varsity basketball coach; Megan Schellhorn and Lori Urbas, English teachers at the high school; Sarah Siao, Chinese teacher at the middle school; and Suzen Wolley, tutor at Hilltop Elementary.

Business manager Richard Archer said preliminary data from the Energy Education conservation program implemented June 1 shows that electricity use is already down in the district.

Zambrini said the program should reduce energy consumption by 20 percent to 30 percent, saving the district more than $2.6 million over the next 10 years.

No changes were made to this year’s bus schedule after observing the first few weeks of the new routes.

“This has been the smoothest year we’ve had with the buses,” Archer said. Board president Anthony Peluso agreed that the parking situation has also improved at the middle school.

The board also approved the annual eighth-grade trip to Washington, D.C., which will take place March 30-April 1.

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