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Canfield residents pack meeting; call layoff notices 'unprofessional'

Published: Thu, February 17, 2011 @ 5:21 a.m.


More than 75 people attended Wednesday night’s board of education meeting to hear what board members and the superintendent had to say about 25 layoffs announced Friday.

Superintendent Dante Zambrini and Cheryl McGrath, Canfield Education Association president, met with the 14 teachers and 11 classified staff members Friday to notify them of the cuts in a manner one parent called unprofessional and distracting.

“Teachers were pulled out of class and went back to class very upset,” Michelle Whittenberger said.

Whittenberger is the mother of four students in the district and said her children have been coming home worried about various rumors regarding more cuts should school levies fail.

In May, voters will decide on two levies.

McGrath said teachers were told they could take as much time as they needed before returning to class after those meetings and had the option of having someone else cover for them the rest of the day.

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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Even the well off people of Canfield can no longer afford to support the unending increases in property taxes so that these teachers and school employees enjoy high pay, cadillac low cost healthcare, and golden pension opportunities. The time has come to reel back the public employee unions so that are the equal of the private sector which has lost much over the past many years in pay and benfits with pensions now history. Senate Bill 5 goes a long way to doing it. The sooner it's passed and Kasich signs it the better.

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

This is what you voted for !!!! Now it is coming home to roost . What did you think was going to happen

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3unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

need to cut management instead of teachers!!!!!!

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4Max(98 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

This is a scare tactic by the Canfield BOE to strong-arm the residents into voting for the ridiculous levy. People have had enough of working hard for their money and living within their own means, just to hand over their income for taxes to support those who DON'T live within the budget. DON'T LET THEM COERCE YOU INTO VOTING FOR THE OUTRAGEOUS LEVY.

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51Marine(29 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Why does the Canfield School District have a Superintendent as well as a Business Manager? A lot of salary being expended to these two positions. I want to see better management of my tax dollars and so far the cuts have been minimal. In my opinion, the levy will most likely fail again.

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6DOLE2(595 comments)posted 5 years, 4 months ago

Her 4 chidren are worried? I doubt they even know what a levy is.Oh Boo Hoo I can't take Chinese basket weaving 101!

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

I'm sorry to hear that you feel it's ok for 10 and 11 year olds to bare witness to their teacher losing their job. That's pretty disturbing!
As for the "Chinese Program", that program was only offered to a handful of select students in the school. That's just the way our 'unprofessional' superintendent rolls. Be glad you don't live here!

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8jd1014(1 comment)posted 5 years, 3 months ago

Teachers in the district get on average $3000 raises each and every year. In addition, they pay very little into health care. Average teacher salary is in the mid-sixties. If you don't believe me, visit
buckeyeinstitute.org where you can view the salaries for every employee in Canfield Local Schools. Why are we paying these ridiculous raises and salaries along with benefits? Let the teachers take a few years without a pay increase. Most salaries are already above and beyond what "the average Joe" makes.

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