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Teacher seeks to change Canfield schools mascot from cardinal to black squirrel



Published: Sun, July 3, 2011 @ 11:03 a.m.

By Elise Franco

efranco@vindy.com

Canfield

One local teacher is ready to usher in a district rebirth for Canfield schools, starting with the beloved mascot.

Stacy Madison, a math teacher at Canfield High School, recently started gathering signatures for a petition to change Canfield Local School District’s mascot, the cardinal, to a black squirrel.

Madison said when the residents voted down an operating levy in November 2010 and again in May 2011, they were voting against tradition.

“It became apparent that the people of Canfield are calling for change, and change is what they’ve gotten,” he said, referencing cuts in courses, busing and staffing. “It seems to me that it’s the perfect time to change the mascot.”

Madison said the petition isn’t meant to offend and isn’t an attempt at placing blame. He said the black squirrel as the new Canfield mascot would represent the new Canfield schools.

“What would be better than a black squirrel? They’re running rampant around Canfield,” he said. “This movement might be misconstrued as a punishment for voting the levy down ... But, I really think a black squirrel is a better mascot, so how could it be a penalty?”

But Superintendent Dante Zambrini disagreed.

“There are many who fondly remember Canfield schools with the cardinal symbol,” he said. “Some people, who indeed work in the district, thought that possibly it was tongue in cheek and weren’t sure if they should take it seriously.”

Read the full story Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.


Comments

1Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

“What would be better than a black squirrel? They’re running rampant around Canfield,” he said."

How cool is that ? Why in DC they named a bar after the black squirrel .

http://www.blacksquirreldc.com/

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2mick(16 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

stupid!!!!!!!!!!!! that teacher needs to get a life !!!!!!!!!

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3Millie(192 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

What are you trying to do - ruin one of the premier communities in the country? The black squirrels are terrible. Find another cause.

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4cclautti(4 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The canfield black squirrels, that name will strike terror into any opponent they face, haha what a joke!

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5redvert(2064 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

There might be other school districts in the county where the black squirrel mascot would be more appropriate!

But, the main thing is that Stacy is getting some attention, very little I would guess but every little bit probably helps!

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6tonne(199 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Funny, but not so very, may be a bit too squirrelly for me. Wonder if the black squirrel is related to the pink squirrel. Give him his fifteen minutes and move on.

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7larrythewineguy(50 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

It appears Ms. Madison can't comprehend how the good people of Canfield would reject such common sense budget increases for her employer. (My sarcasm is surpassed only by Ms. Madison's petition drive.) If Stacy has viewed the documentary Waiting for Superman, she certainly exhibits no comprehension of this sobering review of public education in our nation. Stacy should be more appreciative of her positively luxurious work environment. Further, why do many teachers and other public employees expect the rest of the tax payers to fund deficit spending for their chosen careers? In the private sector, employees do more with less in difficult times. There is no ballot initiative for the private sector. If Stacy is dissatisfied with her current employment situation, she can easily seek alternative opportunities. Good luck. I am certain her selfless, team attitude will impress potential employers.

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8tonne(199 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Ah, Larry, though I understand your sarcasm and agree with your view, according to this story Stacy is a he. Let's not blame this one on the ladies, thank you very much.

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9larrythewineguy(50 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

My apologies to Mr. Madison and the readers.

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10sue(171 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Mr. Madison's sarcasm has provided me with one more reason to vote against the levy the next time it comes up for a vote.

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11Lifes2Short(3877 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Go Black Squirrels ......... lmao

http://www.o-matic.com/blog/wp-conten...

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12dawgalong(86 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I believe that there just as many Red and Grey Squirrels running around Canfield. Nominating the Black Squirrel in order to express discontent with taxpayers as some sort of negative inference could be construed as very bad judgement. Perhaps the Administration should sit Mr. Madison down and explain to him that this kind of behavior does not help the cause. Censorship should be strongly considered as a condition of employment for Mr. Madison. But, since the BOE has not taken any action in regard to the Administration's negligence of duty or abysmal performance, expect the same inaction in regard to this matter.

In regard to a mascot change for Canfield that would best reflect the taxpayers impression of the Canfield administration and BOE ........

http://www.bilerico.com/2010/06/hear-...

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13andrew1967(36 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

black Squirrels ? canfield ? what's next
subsidized housing,

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14walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

So, this nimrod thinks that all levies in Canfield should be passed because it is "tradition" and not whether it makes fiscal sense. Well, Mr. Stacy, I voted for the renewals in May, but not the additional levy. But, next time the renewal comes up, I will vote against it since I will be starting a new tradition! You have a teaching contract in a system that most teachers elsewhere would envy and this is your attitude when the people say "enough is enough"! What an a$$!!!!

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15VINDYAK(1799 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

I think he's nuts...

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16Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

The proposal for a new mascot is gaining support . . ..

http://oi56.tinypic.com/25gxtsi.jpg

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17Fred(130 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

Trade those tacky red feathers for some class.The squirrel has my vote.

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18taxpayer1001(274 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

"It became apparent that the people of Canfield are calling for change, and change is what they’ve gotten,” he said, referencing cuts in courses, busing and staffing. “It seems to me that it’s the perfect time to change the mascot.”

Hmm but this is not meant to offend or blame anybody. What a petty, immature person, and this puts Canfield in a bad light. I'm surprised the BOE let this be put in the Vindicator. And with all those signature (surely they are all teacher signatures) this makes them look very childish and petty. Not a good thing for them and it just makes more people against their fight.
If only this much energy was put into solutions for the district, imagine what they could come up with!

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19klad12(4 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

i hope everyone realizes that this is to make a point! you all are bashing him when really it's to make everyone realize that by YOU ALL voting OUR LEVY down, the cardinal has no purpose. the cardinal stands for EXCELLENCE IN CANFIELD, and since no one seems to want to maintain that then we might as well be the black squirrels. open your damn eyes its not about wasting money, its to prove a point and if you are all too selfish and into money to see that then you should move out of canfield!

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20Stan(9923 comments)posted 3 years, 2 months ago

A wisp of dull red feathers over a perky acrobatic squirrel ? Let the people decide . Change is good . . ..

http://oi56.tinypic.com/25gxtsi.jpg

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