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Canfield teachers agree to pay cut, higher premiums

Published: Thu, September 16, 2010 @ 12:03 a.m.

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.


1Stormieangel(136 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

You are right; a 1% pay cut is actually nothing, not really a big sacrifice. $600 of a $60,000 salary (just an example) is a small sacrifice to hold onto your job. Yet, it is still better than these teachers going on strike, causing more harm to an educational system. As for a property tax levy, citizens need to keep voting them down simply because the economy cannot afford more and more taxes. As more people go on social security, it means more people with less funds. Yes, older folks should have been better prepared. Some are and some aren't due to circumstances over the years. A nicer school does not mean a better education. Teachers are the ones that make the difference and yes, they deserve decent pay. But in today's economic situation, it isn't always possible to keep increasing that pay. We can only hope that most teachers are DEDICATED to teaching in spite of taking a cut in pay. A vast number of people, in different walks of life, have had to make that decision and hold onto their jobs and continue having a paycheck rather than an unemployment check. Thank you to the teachers who chose to do this. It isn't a big sacrifice on their part but it shows their willingness to do what is necessary. Hopefully, other school district teachers will follow their lead...at least, until jobs are created and more folks get back to earning a paycheck and paying taxes. Let's give them some credit here.

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2Ucan2(8 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Its nice too see that the recession has finally hit the rich surburbanites!!!

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3Ytowner(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

Negative comments on an anonymous blog-that's shocking!

If the teachers give back money, the response is, "It's not enough". If they keep the money, then the response is "They're greedy".

Some people are never happy.

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4Ytowner(2 comments)posted 5 years, 8 months ago

What percent is $130,000 of their total budget? I'm not sure, but it seems surprising that a positive gesture can be twisted into something so negative. Should the teachers just keep the money next time?

Also, China is the fastest growing economy in the world. Don't you think that it's important that some students have an opportunity to explore this as a language option?

Electives and extra-curricular opportunities are really what set school districts apart from one another.

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