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Canfield schools to collect input, bypass August levy



Published: Mon, May 9, 2011 @ 12:10 a.m.

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Canfield Superintendent Dante Zambrini

By Kristine Gill

kgill@vindy.com

CANFIELD

School board members will meet Tuesday to discuss the effects of this month’s defeat of a 6.8-mill additional operating levy.

“We’re going to try to minimize the impact on the kids,” school board President Brian Kesner said. “That’s really the bottom line at this stage in the game.”

Forty-one percent of Canfield voters supported the additional operating levy.

“Obviously we’re disappointed, but as I said at the town-hall meetings, the board is going to provide the kind of district the voters enable us to provide,” Kesner said.

A 1.6-mill emergency five-year renewal levy was approved with 60 percent of the vote. Board members voted at their last meeting to place the renewal levy on the August ballot in case it failed, but the additional levy will not be on the August ballot.

Superintendent Dante Zambrini said the district instead will conduct surveys through its website, www.canfieldlevy.info, to find out why voters went against the levy.

Zambrini said there was never any intention to have the additional levy on the August ballot.

The board announced phase two of cuts in March, with reductions in staff including 12 teaching and 15 classified staff, implementing pay-to-participate for extracurricular activities and state-minimum busing.

“We’re going to institute almost every part, if not all, of phase two” Kesner said. “It’s going to be tough to minimize impact with state cuts.”

Kesner did not know which positions would be cut in phase two.

“The cuts from phase one are still shaking out,” he said. “It would be terribly presumptuous for me to say.”

Bob Ward, a parent co-chairman on the volunteer levy committee, thinks the most important thing to do now is find out why this levy failed.

“Just blindly throwing the levy back up without changing anything or without finding out why it failed is folly,” he said.

The biggest effort this time around was to educate voters. The district had four town hall meetings leading up to the election in hopes of educating voters on the impact of a failed levy.

A committee of more than 30 parent and teacher volunteers campaigned, passing out yard signs to those in support of the levy and maintaining the district’s levy website.

“The second levy effort was much more robust,” Ward said. “More money was spent, there were more town hall meetings, more mailings were done.”

Ward and his wife Laura will have two students in the district next year. Ward worries his son and daughter who will be in band classes won’t get as good of an experience if the program is pay-to-participate.

“That’s unfortunate because only those who can afford will be able to participate and that will take away from the richness of the program,” he said. “My children are going to see larger class sizes and less offerings.”

Ward expressed thanks for his fellow committee members and hopes the group can help the district in the future. For now, he wants the board to find out whether residents voted the levy down for monetary reasons or because they have issues with the administration or teacher salaries.

“The board really needs to find out what the concerns of the community are,” he said.


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1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

No survey needed. People don't have the money to support the cadillac healthcare and plush pension plans of school employees with their property taxes while their cost for healthcare, gas, and food goes up and up, and they see no raises in their pay checks.

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2Philo(99 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

You have to admire the Board and Administration's tenacity. They are absolutely not going to do what the voters of Canfield want and implement a modest across the board cut in pay and benefits to show the voters they are serious. A 5 or 6-percent cut for every employee who makes more than $50,000 wouldn't drive anyone into bankrupcy and it would certainly demonstrate thet they get the message. It might even resolve their budget problems. Until this happens, just keep voting no.

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3indvote(6 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Maybe "those morons" are already feelng the brunt of earlier support of endless requests for more money. "Those morons" want to see the district make the tough decisions, even those decisions that they jump to each time a levy is presented: pay to play, no rides, etc. If most of the cost of educating the children goes to salaries, wages and benefits, then that is where most of the cuts must come from. Its not rocket science. Lets see all these highly educated, highly paid aministrators and teachers figure out how to continue to give our kids a quality education.
The majority of taxpayers have voted more than once to see this happen. Now let it happen. IF they show in a year that the education of Canfield's students is not possible,AND they have made serious cuts from all areas of the district budget, then they should come back and ask for a more reasonable amount. NO one wants to see the quality of education decrease, but the vote has shown that a majority believes the district has not addressed the financial issues to the best of their ability yet. I believe the school board, the aministration and the teachers will figure out a way to keep the excellent status of the Canfield School system going forward without the 6+mil levy. If they can't, then lets give other qualified educators the chance. Zambrini and Company, show us that your salaries are worth what we have invested in you. MAKE IT WORK!!

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4walter_sobchak(1914 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

philo,
My sentiments exactly. Would the teachers accept a 5% pay cut across the board so their union brothers and sisters can possibly keep their jobs? I think we know the answer.

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5mrblue(989 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The administration found out that the threats didn't work and the voters are fed up. Will the administrators take a pay cut? Not just Canfield, but other districts too. If the voters have to continue to do with less---so should they. You can't put all the blame on the teachers. The boards of education are just as much to blame.

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6paulparks(235 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The school board had no interest in hearing the reasons why people voted for the levy. They are only interested in the secret combination of public relation events and infliction of pain upon the parents and students - that will yield a victory before the state comes in and pressures the board and the unions to "renegotiate" down the level of perks, bennies and salary items of the current contract. No school district in Ohio goes bankrupt, they just get more and more oversight imposed upon them from the state until they finally capitulate and make the kind and scope of reductions the taxpayers want to see. NOT reductions in staff and services but REDUCTIONS IN OVERALL EMPLOYEE COSTS - WITH THE EMPLOYEES SHARING THE PAIN EQUALLY. Union contracts are pretty cruel to newer employees. They would rather throw the new people "under the bus" than work collectively to "share the sacrifices." The school board will undoubtedly cite "community pride" as a reason to pass the levy. For once I'd love to see the school employees demonstrate "worker's community pride" and voluntarily sacrifice some to save services and the jobs of their newer union brothers and sisters.

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7spinman(70 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

How about if the administrators contributed something to their STRS instead of having the taxpayer contribute all 24% of their salary to their STRS pension.

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8paulparks(235 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Prediction: When the school board finally lets someone bring up teacher salary and benefits, they will claim "to talk about concessions is an unfair labor practice and anyway - our hands are tied because of the current contract." THE ONLY WAY TO "UNTIE THE BOARD'S HANDS" IS TO VOTE NO UNTIL THE STATE COMES IN - AND IN FISCAL EMEGENCY THE STATE HAS THE POWER TO MAKE THE BOARD AND THE TEACHER'S UNION REVISIT THE SWEETHEART CONTRACT. This step, and only this step will give the taxpayers what they want.

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9smurf0898(17 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Prediction: When Mr. Zambrini announces that he will retire and his school board full of puppets resign and the voters are sure they will FINALLY get someone they trust in leadership, then, maybe then we will vote yes!! The man is a con artist. He, Mr. Kessner and that nit witt Sturm treat EVERYONE like they are nothing and NEVER take or treat a problem or concern with an ounce of professionalism or concern. You should sit in on one of the school board meetings and see how they treat the public.
Voters and parents aren't pleased with the financial status of the teachers but if the truth be told, for most of us this has nothing to do with teachers salaries. Most of the teachers are as fed up as the parents. We want the superintendent, his useless business manager, and the current school board GONE! Wake UP!!!!
Could you please allow the public to view the surveys? I would LOVE to see what they say!

Here's a message Mr. Zambrini, this is what happens when you treat parents and tax payers the way you do. THEY DON'T GET WHAT THEY WANT AND YOU DON'T GET WHAT YOU WANT. Kinda sucks to be on the other end, doesn't it?

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10meagain(80 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I'll assume all of you calling for reductions in teacher wages have done the math. According to my quick scratch math it doesn't even begin to put a dent in the reduced funds from the state or the amount the levy would generate. BTW I did a 10% reduction across the board at an OUTRAGEOUS assumption that ALL teachers make $70,000. Would it help? Sure, every little bit helps, but like I've tried to say over and over again it is a bandaid to a larger issue. No one wants to address the real problems and find real solutions. It's easier to demand teachers make less money. It helps a little for a short while, but doesn't begin to solve any long term problems.

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11jimbeeman(6 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Hey, I want a good school system, but I lost medical coverage, dental, retirement pay. We have learned to budget our money.......do the same.

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12George412(161 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The suburbanites don't want to pay any more property taxes on their McMansions. A 6.8 mil levy is mighty expensive when it's applied to 3,500-4,000 square foot home. That's what it comes down to.

Yes, make the teachers--historically some of the worst paid degreed positions-- take a cut so that the parents who are living in five bedroom/ five bath homes won't have to give up their SUVs or annual family vacations to Disney and St. Bart's. And God forbid little Emerson go without his/her Aeropostale, Hollister, or Justice clothes and limos for prom.

The teachers aren't the greedy ones in this scenario.

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13UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

This why SB5 is needed now. End the abuse of the property taxpayer who has to foot the cadillac healthcare and golden pension plans for these vastly overpaid with obscene benefit school employees compared to the current private sector employees. What doesn't the school board understand about the election results?

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14JimBuist(5 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It amazes me the amount of people trashing the school district, administration and teachers. Where were all of you during the town hall meetings and the meetings at the high school? Your input would have been note worthy. Instead of being so negative why don’t you come up with solutions, you seem to have all the answers. If our school system fails then our home values will depreciate. Open enrollment is next, is that what you want? Don’t be part of the problem be part of the solution, all I hear is lip service, do something about it, it’s our community. Finally, don’t fear your own words, if you believe in what you say then put your name to it.

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15walter_sobchak(1914 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

JimBuist,
I don't know what you mean by negative. IMO, when citizens express their feelings that school administration be cut, teachers should take a pay cut, pay more for their health care and pension plans, cutting busing, I see this as a proactive stance in an era of declining revenue. I guess you could say it is personal with Zambrini, though. However, prior to him being hired by the board, the teachers showed up en masse to show him support. Why? I would have to surmise that they were trying to protect their sweet deals. They wouldn't want some stranger with a strong accounting background to come in and upset the apple cart.

Anyway, until the legislature addresses the problem of unconstitutional state funding, I will vote for no new taxes.

George412,
Your historical perspective is antiquated. Why teacher's starting salaries may be low, they quickly step up quite nicely. Not bad for 180 days of mandated work. And, Canfield has a large amount of people that aren't rich.

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16JimBuist(5 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Walter, I assume you won’t be happy until the teachers are making minimum wage, no pensions, and using Obama care for their health insurance, give me a break. Walter Is that your real name? Do you live in Canfield? I sense you are a very unhappy person and in return you want everyone else to be miserable. I want an excellent school system, not average or mediocre. It cost money to have the best teachers for the students. Every year Canfield schools receive excellent ratings. Do you think it’s by accident? I think not, it’s because the teachers care and they are very good at what they do. So, I am willing to sacrifice on behalf of my kids, thats why I choose to live in Canfield.

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172muchtax(329 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

It is criminal that the taxpayers pay in 24% of the adminstrators retirement. These golden retirement packages are breaking this state, while most private sector jobs have no pensions and have to contribute to the 401K out of there own pockets. Ohio State patrol retires after 20yrs is crazy..

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18indvote(6 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Why do so many posters go to extremes in their responses....JimB No one on this thread has suggested teachers should make minimum wage...Give yourself a break. MANY people live in the canfield school district that don't live in McMansions....or have great cushy fat wallets...get real.
Again, its not rocket science. If most of the school district budget (over 80% at a minimum ) goes to salaries, wages, benefits, and the taxpayers have voted the levy down on multiple occassions, then that is where the cuts HAVE to come from. Not singling out teachers, staff, administrators or board members, but across the board. I have faith that Canfield has highly educated, well paid employees, and they will figure out a way to continue educating the students in an excellent manor. If not, lets give other highly educated unemployed people the chance. That is what I believe the voters have said. Now the board, administration and teachers need to implement those cuts needed. And yes I am a Canfield resident and have 2 generations of canfield graduates.

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19smurf0898(17 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@George412...Really? Can you be that jealous that you would make such ridiculous accusations? The citizens in Canfield were not handed money, they went to school, got an education and eventually a job that supported their lifestyle. You obviously can't afford to live here and have a problem with someone who can.
@JimBuist...How dare you, anyone living in this community knows exactly who you are. You do not now or have ever raised a child in this school district. Your opinions are completely bias considering your wife is a teacher.I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be living here if it weren't for her hefty salary. Although 70k/year may not sound like alot for a year round employee, it is DEFINATELY alot for a person working 8 months out of the year. Anyone who knows your wife (the teacher) has heard her first hand gripe about kids, parents and the way the school is run. Obviously the school is outstanding when it suits her and her paycheck. As for the teachers being responsible for the "excellence". I don't see any Harvard Grads working here. Their degree is no different then the next YSU grad. The only thing separating a Canfield teacher from a Youngstown teacher is who they know. That and the fact that people teaching in Youngstown obviously want to teach!
As for your comment with regard to open enrollment, what's wrong with it? I have a real problem with what you may be trying to imply. Are you afraid aliens might attend the school? Ridiculous response to a ridiculous statement! I think the school should try and find alternative ways to make money instead of bleading the tax payer dry....again!
The fact is the parents and community absolutely are disgusted by the superintendent. He has pissed off more parents and tax payers with his smug, arogance and know it all attitude then I could possibly count. I would say a vast majority of voters are purposly voting against the levy just to "stick it" to him! We have no other means of getting rid of him. WE DON'T TRUST HIM WITH OUR MONEY!!!! Our school board consists of nothing but a bunch at Zambrini butt kissing patsy's!
The parents are more then prepared to deal with the cuts and changes being made. We have pretty much taught our children ourselves and have no problem driving them to school. Small sacrifice to make a point!
As for the so called "town hall meetings" they were nothing more then repetative retoric followed by what one could only call a flim flamming presentation! To ask people for their name, address and phone number to ask a question is nothing short of communistic!
Now that, Mr. Buist, is why we WONT pass a levy!

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20paulparks(235 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Smurf0898

How could the school district retaliate against your children, the unions boycott your business, teachers picket in front of your home & have the "big anti-union rat" blown up in your driveway if the teachers don't know who you are when you ask a "tough" question concerning cutting their lavish perks and bennies down to reasonable levels at the town hall meeting? That's why you'll never see "tough" questions on the so-called "user-friendly" school levy web site. Intimidation is the name of the game.

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21JimBuist(5 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Linda, AHHHH I mean smurf, not that I’m engaging in your rhetoric, But I suggest that you quit pontificating from your chair and quit spewing lies about my family and the schools, I don’t care what you say about me, That’s why I have no problem letting everyone know who I am. I do care what is said about my family. First, let’s set the record straight, both my daughters went to school in canfield from elementary through high school and are both successful. Second I have lived in Canfield from the time I received an honorable discharge from the United States Air Force, 1988 to be exact. I suggest to all the people reading about canfield schools that you fully understand the opposition, the opposition who doesn’t have the spine to actually give a real name and does nothing but find ways to manipulate the readers, NO INTEGRITY THERE.

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22walter_sobchak(1914 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

JimBuist

Yes, I live in Canfield City and pay a hefty amount of property tax every year to fund the school district. I have also had two children go through the schools and continue to help school organizations. As I have posted numerous times before, my sister is a former school teacher and one child, who attended 12 years of Canfield schools, is currently studying special education. I don't believe techers should be underpaid or overpaid. But, the excellent ratings are due to a number of factors. We do have good teachers, no doubt. But, they also teach to pass the tests. We also have kids that come to school with parental support. A case can also be made that teaching in Canfield is much easier due to the parental support system. In addition, Canfield schools also provide a large array of extra-curricular activities that also reveive massive amounts of parental and community support. All the taxpayers in Canfield are saying is, enough is enough! We have given until we can give no more. My wife and I are both working more hours for less pay. I don't think it is asking too much for those at the top of the heap in Canfield Schools to pony up a little more for their benefits. And, I'm not talking about only taking a 2% pay increase instead of a 3% increase and calling that a 1% pay cut.

Why is it that if we don't approve levies, we are said to be hurting the kids? If the teachers then don't want the kids to get hurt, maybe they should accept an across the board pay decrease so that teacher positions won't be cut and the kids won't be hurt? Now, the voters have spoken and the board has no choice but to do with their current funding level locally. Talk to Buckwheat Bob Hagan about changing the way schools are funded in this state. Here's a suggestion: a value-added tax on gold jewelry, tattoos, video games, 20 inch chrome wheels, 40 oz. bottles of beer, and blunt cigars.

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23George412(161 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Actually, Smurf, I'm a graduate of Canfield high school, and I have bachelor's and master's degrees, so affordability isn't the problem. Have you gone to a Canfield school lately and looked at what the parents are driving and the students are wearing? Sorry, I have no sympathy for people groaning about their expenses when they live in excess. What one can afford and how one chooses to live are completely different matters. The cost of living in a nearly all-white, all conservative community with sprawling suburban cul de sacs is a high one, but you all picked it, didn't you?

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24smurf0898(17 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@George, you're right, no one is more sorry then I that I chose to move here.

@Jim, there have been no false accusations here, other then with regard to your children. Many parents have sat at enough dance classes and recitals with your spouse to know how she feels. Btw...my name is not Linda, try again. There are alot of ticked off people in Canfield.

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25canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I find it pretty amazing that the Canfield superintendent and his zombie levy committee and school board members are wondering why the levy did not pass. In their arrogance, they believe that their outdated “feel good” campaign strategy and threats of school cuts should have been enough to convince Canfield voters of the necessity for levy passage. The Superintendent directed this campaign the same way he directs this school district; by micromanagement, with professional arrogance, paternalism and a heaping big dose of narrow-minded thinking. The campaign was all fluff and no substance. It was full of warm & fuzzy front-page Vindicator articles, sham websites, and useless campaign literature. The campaign did not illuminate the truth of the financial details of this district and voters knew it. In truth, the students of this district would not have benefitted directly from the levy passage. Teachers and administrators would reap all the rewards. Levy funds would be directed to support of their higher salaries and benefits. Voters knew this, too.
I believe the times are ripe for change in the Canfield school district. To start, the Superintendent should resign. He has been given a vote of “no confidence”. Canfield parents will not endure his bloated ego, snarky condescension, hissy fits, and ineffective actions and management style for much longer. Things are not rosy and wonderful in Canfield schools…find a superintendent who can effectively and truthfully deal with the problems and realities. Elect school board members who are not cronies of the Superintendent, and who are capable of rational, common-sense thinking. Get rid of the administrators in the schools who are not qualified for their jobs or burnt out. Institute pay cuts and highter insurance co-pays for teachers. Get rid of the small number of abusive, ineffective teachers who utilize outdated teaching strategies and philosophies in their classrooms. Replace them with new teachers, new ideas. Terminate school employees who only care about power over children and the almighty paycheck. Deal with drug and alcohol problems in students head-on, as well as intolerance, bullying and racism. Parent dissatisfaction with this district administration has festered under the surface for way too long. Parent concerns are ignored, dismissed, or derided. I have a newsflash for Dante Zambrini…the Canfield schools were excellent before mothers and his loyal teacher friends began driving around Canfield in their minivans campaigning for his appointment as Superintendent. The Canfield schools were excellent before he managed to convince his loyal friends and supporters to do stints on the Canfield school Board. Canfield schools are excellent IN SPITE OF the Superintendent and the school board. Canfield schools are excellent because of parents and the support they provide their children on a daily basis.

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26canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

@Jim

The Town hall meetings were well-intentioned, but ended up being a farce. Anyone who went to one or saw one on the Community TV knew soon enough that it was a waste of time to attend. The District made sure that the meetings were filled with District employees. The moderator was the Mayor of Canfield who was nothing more than a glorified cheerleader for the District who employs his wife and daughter. It was impossible to ask a question without identifying yourself. With the environment in the meeting, it would have been a dangerous thing to ask a question about teacher pay, potential paycuts, or teacher benefits. To do so would expose your child to the threat retaliation of the teachers and administrators. And yes, this threat is real and valid. It happens on a daily basis whenever a parent questions a teacher, a principal, or an administrator.
The town hall meetings were just another instrument employed by the Superintendent and the School board to give the appearance of public cooperation and information. This too, was a joke!

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27dawgalong(86 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Rebel, Smurf, Paul, Walter,

Well said. It is shocking and exhausting that the voters have spoken but some people just don't get it. Thankfully you folks get it. The administration is incompetent and needs replaced. Start with anyone that allowed the bankruptcy to occur. The individual who's job it was to say no to spending money the district did not have should be replaced immediately.

As I have stated repeatedly, I have no preconceived opinions in regard to any specific administrator or individual. The first time I saw the supt. was at a town hall meeting. I've never had any negative interaction with any member of the administration or the board. I couldn't pick them out of a line up. But as a businessman, I can assure all that this district has been mismanaged from top to bottom. Change is needed. The board is conspicuous in it's inability to immediately make changes or to release any statement in regard to their dissatisfaction in regard to the administration's abysmal performance. In addition, it appears that the administration has alienated two thirds of the taxpayers thus rendering it inefective. This cannot be fixed as long as the administration is allowed to continue.

The teachers do not set policy or determine how to spend money. This reponsibility falls squarely on the administration's shoulders and they have failed miserably. Again, if the board continues to endorse this behavior, they all need replaced. This should be the focus of the taxpayers come next elections. Sweeping changes are needed.

The fact is using your name or fessing up is not required to state an opinion unless you personally attack an individual or family. A lot of folks that read these comments or post on these pages unfortunately know the family that is referenced above. No need to overstate the obvious, but at the same time personal attacks should not be directed at individuals that use their names.
Although a case can be made that it was asked for.

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28JME(801 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

"From 2001 to 2009, the average teacher's pay increased 41.2 percent, from $45,814 to $64,680, while inflation was 21 percent. Prorated to the standard full work year of 2,080 hours (teachers contractually work 1,350 hours), the average teacher would have earned $99,655 in 2009."

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/...

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292muchtax(329 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

I voted for the renewal, if thislevy is back on the ballot in August I suggest we stop voting on renewals till Zambrini takes his free 24% contribution to his retirement and buys a clue that people are getting fed up! Start doing your job and finding places to cut that doen't always screw the kids or parents.

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30mariocat777(3 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

The school system determines the wealth in the community....period! Do doctors, lawyers, nurses, and GM workers (yes they still make obscene money too with NO education) want to live where schools are poor for their kids? Would you want to live in a school district in "academic emergency?" Next come police and fire in order of importance for anyone new to move to a community Good schools, good police/fire, good govt..it all goes hand-in-hand.............so....you get what you pay for...so pay them well and watch your neighborhood and house values keep out the undesirables !!!! PS. my new boss from Tenn said he picked to live in POLAND because his wife wanted the best schools for their kids...hell with the taxes! its for the kids!! How can some of you people sleep at night complaining of all things..schools?? Amazing.....

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31ytown1(392 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

An tell me with a straight face mariocat777 that you have nothing in it as a teacher or administrator?

Huh you can't, your last post was completely self serving, it never has been about the kids, if it was you would strike during the summer vacation and never during the school year. Oh, that would prevent you from working your summer job, severely hurting the second retirement account now wouldn't that.

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32fixitcanfield(1 comment)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

You stated it correctly smurf0898. The community of Canfield does not know all that goes on behind closed doors. If you have any questions about salaries and pensions for all teachers and administration just go to www.buckeyeinstitute.com. You will see the high salaries for Canfield. Major ways to save money: 1. GET RID OF ZAMBRINI. He is a pompous individual and not professional! 2. All administrators need to take a salary freeze and need to contribute to their pensions. I worked in the districts and know that the school picks up both the employee and employer portion for them. 3. The board needs to make it if you pay 10% into your pension then the school district equals it not pay 14%. All employees should pick up a higher % of the medical. 4. Get rid of the retired rehire of the Financial Manager that we have not needed for the last few years. That is what we have a Treasurer for with her assistant. We pay for the retirees medical + he makes $79K+. Get rid of the Athletic Director who makes $80K+ who cannot even subsitute and has 2 to 3 employees working with him. Mr. Weiss and his secretary did it for many years and he could also teach. Our enrollment has not gone up over the years. It has stayed consistent. 5. If Mr. Zambrini who talks down to the whole community would not have missed grant dates we have gotten some needed money. That 's your job! The district ownes land in front of the Mccune baseball fields. What are you doing with that. C.H. Campbell schools are falling apart. We need to combine the elementary schools and possibly the middle on the land. Get a loan and sell the other schools to retirements homes. That land is only an investment if you have plans to do something with it. 6. Get rid of being able to receive tenure at 3 yrs of service. You should be reviewed on merit not on who you know and tenure. The rest of society has lost pensions and medical. It is not right for every entity to cut back also.

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33simpleton(33 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

For those of you finally seeing the light, you have my neverending grattitude! Has he announced his retirement yet?

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34rememberwhen(9 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

How poor can the teachers of Canfield be when they no longer support our community baseball, and have their kids on travel baseball teams that cost thousands of dollars. That would be gas,food, and lodging. Yes, they now are to good for community basball. Well I guess if you are making in the 70's that is a possibility. Right Mr. Mayor. How dare these teachers sit back and ever think we will ever support their expensive habits. I not only blame Mr. Z I also blame the arrogance of our teachers in this community. What ever happened to the saying that the teachers are trying to make ends meat. They must have found the steak and everyone else is eating hamburgers.
Many of us have sat back for many years and were never able to speak because the truth is our children would have suffered in the schools or families would be classified as troublemakers. Well actions speak louder than words.Not to mention all of the teachers getting teacher jobs for all their friends. Yes, to a lot of us this may be personal, but you know what now I can sleep better, and let me just end with no gym coach in the middle school should be making in the 70's. That is outrageous.

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35fedupwithcrap(317 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

why is the comments close once again on the youngstown man caught tailing officers story?

most popular and commented upon and still cancelled once again, this makes the third time I believe!!

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36Iona(10 comments)posted 3 years, 4 months ago

Please note that data quoted by JME in previous posting referred to research printed in the Columbus Dispatch and dealt with COLUMBUS teacher salaries.

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/...

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