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Canfield school board seeks 4.9-mill levy

Published: Sat, July 30, 2011 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Christine Keeling



Canfield voters will be asked in November to decide for or against a new school levy, to generate $2,751,914 a year.

The Canfield Board of Education voted 4-1 Friday in favor of placing a five-year, 4.9-mill levy on the ballot.

The board had also considered 3.9-mill and 5.9-mill levies.

This 4.9-mill issue is almost 2 mills less than the 6.8-mill levy voters rejected in May. It will cost homeowners $8.68 a month per $100,000 of their home’s value, or $104.16 per $100,000 a year.

The total out-of-pocket expense a homeowner would pay to the district would lessen to $6.13 per $100,000, after the first year, when an existing 1998 bond expires.

Superintendent Dante Zambrini said the district is in a different place now, and could ask for less because of the more than $3.6 million in cuts already made.

Phase one of personnel cuts made up $1.2 million in savings.

Enacting pay to play, eliminating busing for high school students, and classified-personnel cuts in phase two saved the district $548,500 and contract concessions by the district’s unions totaled $1.9 million.

“If people ask if we tightened our belt, yes,” said Zambrini. “We have documentation showing where we’ve tightened our belt.”

The school district’s operating expenses exceeded the district’s revenue by $1.2 million last year.

Passage of a 4.9-mill levy would not bring back busing to high school students or get rid of pay to play, said Zambrini. But failure of the levy would result in cuts to core academics, he said.

“We’re trying to stop the bleeding before we have to cut core academics,” said Zambrini.

Larger class sizes and eliminating subjects were examples given by the superintendent.

Core academics include math, science, social studies, English and language arts.

Board member Craig Olson said he came into the meeting not wanting to ask voters for more money.

“I think people in the community don’t want us to cut academics,” said Olson, before he voted yes.

Board vice president Adrianne Sturm said she completely supported the board’s decision to place a levy on the ballot. She said her “no” vote was cast because she wanted more time to consider it.

Zambrini suggested that Facebook and Twitter be used during the campaign so the community can be kept informed.


1lumper(291 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

the fat and happy haven't cut enough fat. they need to pay more towards their pensions and health insurance. vote no

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2lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

You still don't get it We the people don't have any more money to give to you so you can waste it

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3grazor50(85 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Why is it that each time I request information on the Canfield school system increase in tax revenue for the housing construction for the past 8 years ( Villa Rosa, Westford, multiple developments west of 46, $24m home on Tippecanoe ) all very expensive and high tax base, NO one wants to make reference to the amount of increase Canfield has already received. Zambrini has only made the statement that it is time for a tax increase.
The statement that the school system has trimmed all of the fat from the expenses and cut to the core of academics, means the money is mismanaged and it is time to find a replacement for those in charge. Basic understanding should see that there is extensive spending without accountability when the statement 2 years ago that the school only had to spend $100,000 for the football stadium lighting,, there must have been some financial excess then that has not been consumed in the past year, where does all of this money go? STOP waste by NO more taxes and making districts spend within their revenue and NOT always spending to get more.

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4easydoesit(1 comment)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

the boe & administrators are not hearing. the levy has
been soundly defeared twice. can field is a maturing community with a large number of households on fixed incomes, where do these people find monies for a tax increase - skip lunch twice a week, reduce their medicatiion - what. I for one have not gotten a salary increase in 5 years, & have had copay insurance rise twice during that time, added cost of increased fuel, daily staples, insurances etc. no more taxes, we cannot afford increased taxes

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5Max(91 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

When will Canfield get the meaning of the word "NO"! How many times do the residents have to vote down the levy and tell them to CUT EXPENSES!

Not too bright for educators...

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6lumper(291 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

you can always raise money by charging those kids to park at the high school. you should see that lot. many expensive cars . well paved and lit. not sure what that has to do with a good education, though.

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7Ed(1 comment)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Find me a politician who would pass a bill that would Not allow a levy to go back on the ballot for 48 months and this guy will get my vote.The canfield board are just like there kids mommy mommy I must have that corvette Jonney down the street has one and so being a good parent they get poor little tommy a vet. Look you stupid people YOU MANAGE WITH WHAT YOU HAVE THAT IS WHY YOU ARE THERE as a hint get rid of your superintendent.

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8simpleton(33 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

@ lumper

That is the teachers parking lot you see, the students park on the hill or in the back.

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9carago11(44 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I want cuts first. Teachers in Canfield are spoiled, the kids are spoiled, the schools are old and outdated...what are the tax dollars going to in Canfield? We pay the most and pay out the most...someone there needs fired. Cut pays of leaders, cut cut cut first....Everyone is cutting in their own lives and Canfield needs to get their act together. The first levy was absurd...it showed that there are people that are not doing their job...if they want a business leader to come in and make it happen, let me know!! I'll make it happen!!!

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10lumper(291 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

@ simpleton, there are a multitude of newer model cars driven by the students. the weightroom is/was open to the public. you could see all the cars the students drove.

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111986canfield(7 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

I feel the Canfield Board of Education HAS listened to the community concerns. The comment above by "Youngstown615" lists many "must haves" in order to vote for the next levy. Believe it or not...many of your suggestions have already been taken.
1. No raises...the teachers have taken a lateral and vertical wage free for the next three years. That means, no steps, and no raises for additional education degrees earned.
2. Increase class size. Yes, that has been done too. Between the two elementary schools, there are 9 classes of every grade, 1-4. This year there will be 8 classes of every grade. From k to 12 the public will see larger classes.
3. Pay to play. Even with the additional 4.8 levy, pay to play will continue.
4. Mac Computers? No, Canfield has not bought new computers since 1994. Instead, Canfield buys used computers from other school districts like Campbell who have a bigger tech budgets due to the money they receive from the state because they are an economically disadvantaged district.
5. Busing to St.Christine School...sorry, Canfield by law must do that. However, all elementary and m.s...public and private school students residing in the Canfield School District will be walking 1/2 mile to the bus stop this year. High school students will have to drive or be driven to school daily. This will continue even if the new levy is passed.

Yes, even with all the changes, (and there are many more) Canfield still needs additional funds to continue to operate. Canfield seniors despite it all, still earned over 9.5 million dollars last year in college scholarships. Canfield schools have a 98%-100% graduation rate each year.
Despite the fact that only two of the schools have air conditioning, the computers that students used daily to do the most incredible projects may have been first used in another district, and teachers continually dig into their pockets to provide the extras for their students I would not send my children to any other school district in Ohio. Canfield Schools are second to none! Perhaps there is a nut in the high school, but he's our nut and a very good teacher. Every family has one. Go figure!

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12apollo(1227 comments)posted 4 years, 2 months ago

Public employees are simply out of touch with the reality that private sector employees and those on fixed incomes are experiencing.

Pensions - Almost nobody in the private sector has them any more and those who do have seen dramatic decreases in the amounts the employer provides.

Health care - copays and deductibles have increased exponentially for private sector employees and fixed income people.

Wages and raises are almost non-existent in the last few years and even if you are lucky to get 2%, it doesn't keep up with the inflation rate.

Are public employees blind?

Do they want me to fund my retirement and theirs too?

Should I pay for their health care and mine?

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