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Concerned parent: Canfield cuts unprofessional, distracting



Published: Thu, February 17, 2011 @ 12:04 a.m.

By Kristine Gill

kgill@vindy.com

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.

The first is a 1.6-mill emergency renewal levy that 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.

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.

The cuts are: the district secretary, two part-time special- needs aides, the part-time athletic department secretary, the district printer, a lunch-room aide, a study-hall aide, four custodians, six elementary school teachers, 2.5 Canfield Village Middle School teachers and 5.5 high school teachers.

The fractions indicate part-time positions, McGrath said.

At the middle school, a part-time position was eliminated and at the high school a full-time position was reduced to part-time.

Zambrini said the positions could change as various teachers and staff announce their retirement or have last-minute job changes.

Staff cuts will save an estimated $1.2 million and will be permanent.

Zambrini also announced that busing for students at Canfield High School and Cardinal Mooney High School will be cut next school year to save money, regardless of the levies’ outcome.

The next board of education meeting will be March 16.

The board will have four public forums to address concerns about the levy. Meeting dates are:

March 14, at 7 p.m. in C.H. Campbell Elementary School gym.

March 22, at 7 p.m. in the Canfield High School cafeteria.

April 5, at 7 p.m. in the Canfield Village Middle School main gym.

April 11, at 7 p.m. in the Hilltop Elementary multi-purpose room.


Comments

1lee(544 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

NO MORE TAXES

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2BoardmanResident(9 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Boardman Resident - Canfield Schools -In this economy, it is unbelievable that we are being asked to support a 6.8 mill operating levy!!! I was hoping they would reduce the amount since it failed last election. My vote will still be NO!!

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3ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

First, to ask a dumb question, why would BoardmanResident be voting at all regarding Canfield schools? I mean, I won't be voting for the levy in Columbia, SC.

Of course, the debate and discussion over this levy will only intensify in the coming months, sure to climax in May. I understand both sides and try to appreciate both points of view. I am surprised it wasn't cut down from 6.8 mills, but that's not my call.

In the end, I see this one passing. Being a May election (sure to a 63-71 degree and partly cloudy day), a lot of folks will say "screw you" to their civic duty. And that is their right. However, I think all those in favor (which still includes myself) will drive over to the Canfield Precinct 4 (or whichever) voting place and vote Yes. I have no doubt it will be close, but I see it passing.

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4lucy0898(7 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@ ValleyNative

There are hundreds of Boardman residents who attend the Canfield schools and pay the tax levy. Ex: Lockwood Village, Sherwood Forest and Windle Hills developments, just to name a few.
Also, it was recommended by the public that the levy be reduced. The Superintendent, Business Manager, Treasurer and some Board Members (not all) said no.
Lastly, the levy isn't going to pass!!! Given how he has mismanaged our money and how inhuman he has behaved we aren't voting for the renewal either. He can "Do More With Less" as he always says. While he still has a job that is!

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5ValleyNative(174 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for clearing that up. I grew up in a village in which you had to live in the village to attend the District. New to this area.

I just forecast enough people who want it to fail not feeling like driving to the polls. I agree the millage should likely be reduced, but the District must feel that it can be done. I forget how close it was in November, but it wasn't a total blowout. It will be interesting for sure.

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6iBuck(205 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"worried about various rumors regarding more cuts should school levies fail"

Ah, ye olde "Washington Monument ploy". They want more money from the tax-victims, so instead of trimming the waste and blatant over-spending, they threaten to cut what the public most prizes and claim "our hands are tied".

These pols are sooo pedictable.

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7lucy0898(7 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

@iBuck We agree completely! We know exactly why he went into the schools during the day to give teachers their pink slip. Effect!! They knew the kids would come home and tell their parents. Hence, hoping the parents would feel bad and vote for the levy. Yea right! We know them to well I'm afraid. All this tactic did was hurt teachers and very young children.

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8tkytown(43 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

the levy will pass, Zambrini will manipulate the voters and those who are in favor will show up to vote, those opposed will be too apathetic to drive to the polls.....but it's not over, Kasich and the state legislators are out to cut school budgets 15%, then what? Zambrini will do his dance again and threaten the residents with pay to play for extracurriculars, busing cuts, cutting elective courses and teachers, it will never end

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9Wolf06(17 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The Canfield school system already runs a lean operation. They spend less on average per student than most school systems. For example: 1) They purchased old, used computers rather than new ones when it came time to equip the schools. 2) They didn't replace the high school principal when she retired two years ago. 3) The major bulk of the athletic facilites' upgrades over the past 5 years were privately funded.
With the failure of the levy, some tough decisions were made to balance the books. Since personnel are the biggest cost to the school system, they made the painful decision to cut there. They have also decided to cut busing to the high school and to reduce support for extra-curricular activities' travel.
If the levy fails in the spring, expect "pay to participate' in all co-curricular and extracurricular activities, an increase in the rental fee for any school facility use, a reduction in activities offered and even more draconian personnel cuts.
No one likes higher taxes but you get what you pay for and for most families, eating out one or two times less a month makes up the difference in the cost to maintain a excellent school system.

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