By Christine Keeling
Canfield students will be greeted this fall by new staff, higher lunch prices and a change in starting time.
The Canfield Board of Education approved the hiring of two new principals and two teachers Monday. It also raised lunch prices 10 cents and changed the start and dismissal times for Canfield Village Middle school.
Joseph Maroni was hired under a two-year contract worth $75,362 a year as the principal of grades seven and eight at Canfield Village Middle School, and Travis Lavery will earn $71,348 a year under a two-year contract as C.H. Campbell Elementary’s principal.
The board also hired Marcia McCreary as a high- school English teacher and Stephen Pitts as the high school’s social studies teacher. They will earn $37,413 each under one-year contracts.
The board moved to raise the lunch prices for elementary students from $1.75 to $1.85, and middle-school student-lunch prices from $2 to $2.10.
Superintendant Dante Zambrini said the district hadn’t increased lunch fees for many years, and Business Manager Rich Archer said the change was made so the district wouldn’t have to reimburse monies it receives for its reduced and free-lunch programs.
“Our cafeteria fund is doing well,” said Archer. “This is in response to the federal government, so we can be in guidelines with the free- and reduced-lunch programs.”
Zambrini announced start and dismissal times for the district. Canfield Village Middle School’s times have changed to 8 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. Elementary school times will remain the same at 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. as will the high school time of 8:10 a.m. to 2:55 p.m. Morning kindergartners will go from 8:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and afternoon kindergarten will be from 12:45 to 3:30 p.m. Mahoning County Career and Technical Center’s schedule will be 8:05 a.m. to 2:20 p.m.
The board scheduled a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday to discuss the district’s financial outlook. Treasurer Pattie Kesner reported a $1.2 million deficit, a $4.8 million savings and said the district was awarded a $50,000 grant. She reported that last year’s operating expenses exceeded the district’s revenue by $1.2 million but that the district saved $4.8 million in interest by financing its bonds in short-term notes.
The school district was awarded a $50,000 grant from the Safe and Drug Free Schools Sustainability Grant. It will be used to create a kindergarten through 12th grade Social-Emotional Learning program that will help students develop caring and concern for others, make responsible decisions, establish positive relationships and handle situations effectively.