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Canfield residents pack meeting; call layoff notices 'unprofessional'



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

CANFIELD

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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