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Canfield teachers, workers to be laid off

Published: Sat, February 12, 2011 @ 12:04 a.m.

By kristine Gill



Canfield schools told 14 teachers and 11 classified staff members they will be laid off effective Sept. 1 as the district makes cuts after a failed November levy.

Canfield Superintendent Dante Zambrini said he met with all but two of the 25 individuals to notify them of the decision.

He said the positions that have been cut will be announced at Wednesday’s school-board meeting.

Their contracts will be suspended at the March meeting.

Staff cuts will save an estimated $1.2 million and will be permanent since the district did not receive new revenue in the calendar year 2011.

There are now 198 teachers and 104 classified staff members, which includes positions such as cafeteria workers. There are 32 bus drivers.

The cuts were announced in conjunction with a levy that will be on the May ballot, aimed at bringing new money into the district.

The first is a five-year, 1.6-mill emergency renewal levy first approved by voters in 1986.

The renewal will not add new taxes, the board said. It would continue to generate $890,000 annually. It was last renewed five years ago.

The second is a five-year, additional, 6.8-mill operating levy before voters that would generate $3.8 million annually.

The owner of a $100,000 home will pay $17.35 a month for the operating levy, should it pass.


1timOthy(802 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Oh ! well.

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2jimbeeman(6 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Canfield School distric has to live within their budget, as we all do. 6.2 is too large amount at one time. I want a good school system in Canfield......but our money only goes so far also.

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3theword(342 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I like how they layoff right before a levy. Nice scare tact..

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4sue(179 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Renewal levy - yes
New levy - No

They have given no explanation as to why they need an additional 6.8 mil. What have you done to cut costs since the last levy was defeated?

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5seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

This sounds like the same rhetoric coming out of Boardman as they put the police levy back on the ballot. Anyone else recognize the increased stories about how stressed and stretched the BPD is of late? All propaganda to get folks to panic and vote for these assinine levies. Make the officers more accountable (not paid more), demand production (and not arrests at Walmart for a $37 shoplifting crime), then talk about taxing us for more to support ineffective enforcement. Boardman bought into the Walmart enforcement, now Nichols wants to whine about how many hours they are using to address those "crimes". It was good when it started, now it's an issue because everyone has realized we have been fleeced by the township and BPD. Find a way to get out of the contract with Walmart. Who gives a damn if they pull the plug on that ghetto/trash magnet. Boardman doesn't get the tax revenue from that strore, it goes to Poland.

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6casper77(136 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

The city of Canfied will get a increase in revenue to help their budget, with more speed traps and DUI check points with the widening of Western Reserve Rd. ,which is why I think is the only reason they are widening this road because more people are taking this route to avoid the traps in Canfield

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7cambridge(4066 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Kim....If I owned a 100,000 dollar home in Boardman, Canfield or anywhere else and I could have quality schools, a properly staffed police department and community access to a public library at the cost of 1 dollar a day I would vote for it in a heart beat.

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8cambridge(4066 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Kim....I went by your previous comment. I thought what you were saying was that all three would amount to about 1 dollar a day.

If that's case I would gladly pay that dollar.

I don't live in the area any longer but I know Canfield, Poland and Boardman are desirable areas because people feel safe, quality schools and compared to other towns in the are a more stable real estate market.

If that 1 dollar a day helped to keep those conditions i would not hesitate to vote for all three.

That being said, I hate taxes as much as the next guy but I'm realistic and I know from other posts you've made in the past that you are also. If you want to dance you have to pay the band.

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9ytown1(398 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

If that is all that it would cost for schools, library, MRDD, Police, and Fire, etc that we already pay for, was a dollar, yes maybe we could look at that, but that is not the case, our property taxes in the valley are quite high enough without additional taxes and not looking at all services to be sure we are getting the services we are already paying for and not wasting any money on unnecessary items. Wages and benefits amount to more than 80% of public budgets now, so you an see where things need to be looked at first. Let's not be that naive and believe it is that simple Kim.

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10ytown1(398 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Yes we can Kim, any ideas other than cutting or more taxes? Shared services or merging territories to at least have a savings on administration.

There are many areas around the country that have accomplished this. Most areas though are Right to work states, it seems to be easier to get people to cooperate in that environment?

I do want to point out the financial issues in Canfield and Boardman are only exacerbated by financial issues concerning the county and the state of Ohio. So you do have a point about other issues other than wages and benefits, but they do make up more than 80% of the budgets and projected to increase to over 92% if changes are not made now.

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11southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

We must keep our educational system intact; regardless of cost!

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12lucy0898(7 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

I would like everyone to know how are idiot superintendent decided to let go of the teachers. On Friday, February 11, 2011 he decided to let the teachers go during the school day. These teachers were still working and the children were in the classrooms. Obviously the teachers had a little trouble composing themselves and the children saw them distraught and crying. Brilliant, just brilliant!! What kind of sick, inhuman person does that? Now alot of us aren't voting for the renewal levy either. Way to go you freaken moron. Either you go or we will watch the disctrict go under! Oh, as for southside dave, you can pay the almost $1000 more in taxes for me. You know, to keep the school in tact!

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13lucy0898(7 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

They did cut bussing for the high school, pass or fail and are going to "pay to play" sports. We don't care. We're not passing until they get a new super. It might surprise people to know that we never saw anything for the money that we did have. Just used computers, dated books, run down schools and a whole lot of dittos!
BTW... our teachers didn't take a 1% pay cut this year. They took a 1% less pay raise. They were supposed to get 3% and instead got 2%. The administration also saw their 2.5% raises. This took place in July 2010, you know, right before they announced that we were in trouble. REALLY?

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14seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Kim, what I am saying is that from a BPD officers mouth I have been told numerous times (two years prior to now) that the township is contracted to serve Walmart, it was bargained when they wanted to come into Boardman. And if I get $37 stolen and I catch the perp there is no need for the law to arrive, it will be handled on site by me. There has to be a point of return, no a point of no return. They are wasting time with these piddly crimes and not attacking the real source: rousting the trash that rolls through Boardman uninhibited. Look around when you are driving and note the cars w/o headlights, no tail/brake lights, no bumpers, speeding, no stop right turn on red, all these violations that go unchecked by the BPD. What do you do when you come across 680 on 224 heading into Poland? Exactly, you slow down to the posted limit? Why? Because you've been told Poland cracks speeders, or you've seen them actually nail someone barely over the limit. It's the tone they have established that Boardman has none of.

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15republicanRick(1716 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Zero tolerance in Poland, that's what the residents want and what they get. I know someone who was given a ticket because his license plate registration tag had elapsed the day before, and he was driving a Lexus. The police chief stopped and ticketed the ice cream man because didn't have the proper paperwork.

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16seminole(476 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

repub, that's what I'm talking about...

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