Canfield teachers, workers to be laid off

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.

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