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Canfield parent files lawsuit against school board

Published: Wed, November 2, 2011 @ 12:07 a.m.

By christine keeling



A Canfield parent has asked a court to compel the school board to turn over public records.

Melissa Hyde filed a lawsuit Monday in Mahoning County Common Pleas Court seeking damages of $100 per day up to $1,000 from the Canfield school board for not fulfilling a public-records request seeking disciplinary and personnel records for a district employee in a timely fashion. Hyde is also requesting an injunction to prevent the destruction of public records by the board, as well as restitution for her costs.

Hyde states in her suit, that she has “good-faith concern for her daughter’s education and well-being because of past mistreatment by a teacher and coach at the school.”

She contends that many other students and parents have complained about the teacher, and the “school board is concealing this pattern” and the requested records, according to court documents.

Dante Zambrini, the district’s superintendent, said he was not aware of the suit but did know about the public records request filed by Hyde.

According to Hyde, her request was sent certified mail to Rich Archer, the school’s business manager Sept. 13 and sought the personnel file including salary and resume, plus all written communications and emails concerning student and family complaints regarding the teacher.

“The scope of the request was such that more time was needed [to fulfill it],” said Zambrini.

The district responded to Hyde in a Sept. 29 letter and stated it needed more time because some of the information being requested dated back to 2005.

Zambrini said every 90 days emails go into archive and must be retrieved by the company that houses the data. He said he received three disks containing some information Monday, but the district is still in the process of gathering everything requested.


1UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I smell COVERUP by the BOE! Release the public records. Just more ammunition to not vote for any Canfield school levies.

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2lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Union it sure smells bad, give the lady the info!

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3kensgirl(1046 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Been there, done that with an ex soccer coach. It was easier to find Bin Laden. Good luck my friend!

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4canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The Superintendent did not know anything about this....yeah, right. How many times does this need to happen in Canfield before someone puts an end to it? Kudos to this parent and good luck! She is facing a public relations machine in the Central office of the Canfield school district that will do everything and anything to make whatever happened appear to be the fault of the parent and the child. This parent will now also be accused of contributing to the downfall of the district. The Central office does not want to release the public records because they will most likely indicate that there has been a pattern of misconduct by the teacher in question and that there have been numerous complaints that have gone ignored. This is no different from the teacher who was accused of throwing chemicals on a student in class last year. The superintendent claimed he knew nothing about that, either. Mr. Zambrini claimed that there had been no complaints about the teacher in the past. Not true....everyone in Canfield knew that it was not. There had been years of complaints against this teacher, who was given tenure in spite of all of the complaints. He made friends with some school board members. Never heard another thing about that issue or the investigation...Mr. Zambrini made that go away, too.

It's all about the appearance....vote no on November 8!

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5Enough555(1 comment)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I just never understood why when someone has a bone to pick or a gripe against a school district, people immediately say "Vote No" for the levy or the renewal. It's ludicrous. The only thing failed levies hurt are the students. Plain and simple.

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6carago11(44 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I say that if there is a coverup that Zambrini should NOT be allowed to stay thru summer. Who gets to resign and get another $50K in salary till next summer? These Unions are killing every facet of this Valley and selfish people in the unions are taking advantage of it. This teacher continues to get raises and has avoided termination. I will vote NO in November for sure and will not approve anything until levys are made to help the students education and NOT the teachers bank accounts!

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7lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

true or not, those records are public information and the entire administration and school board are responsible for the cover-up. maybe this is why current school board administrative minions are not running again - they know they have not done their fiduciary responsibility and are worried about personal liability. carago hit the nail on the head. hopefully, this all comes out before election day, ha ha,ha, what a dream.

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8GETaLIFE(5 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Another case of a Canfield parent that can't come to terms that their daughter isn't as good at softball as they think she is. Instead of helping your daughter work hard and improve, i'll just blame the coach (who won a state title) and file a lawsuit against the school. That way, my daughter still won't be any good and now everyone in the school will hate her. Parents of the year strike again.

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9sue(178 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I'm sure the requested info will be released, AFTER November 8th.

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10canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

People will vote "no" against the levy because this is their only way to communicate that a change in the administration and management of the Canfield School district is needed. You cannot communicate this need in any other way because it is ignored. Believe me, we have all tried on multiple occasions.
Again....this parent has a concern. The concern is one that has been shared by multitudes of other parents over the years. Especially if the teacher in question is the high school softball/volleyball coach, who coincidentally is related to a BOE member and the district treasurer. State titles have nothing to do with anything....if a teacher/coach is abusive to a student, it needs investigated. It cannot always be assumed that the student is at fault or the parent has unrealistic expectations. Typical bait and switch tactics employed by the BOE and Super and their supporters are so predictable....blame the kid and sweep the wrong doing under the rug.

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11thenicelady(2 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

A YES vote is what is needed to be able to get rid of the bad teachers and keep the good ones. A YES vote will help OHIO. Kasich is trying to help us here and we need to help ourselves. A YES vote helps us all!

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12boxerlover(133 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Getalife and ImurPO...wow...read the story...there have been many complaints by many parents going back to 2005, so either this "child" must be a career student or there is something rotten in Canfield. Funny how the "super" has retired amid all this...hmmmmmm

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13rustybucket55(7 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

It's another coverup that the tax payer will pay for! Vote the school board out!!!

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14wantedtobe(13 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

WOW a lynch mob. Guilty until proven innocent?

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15kmasjd(2 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE LEVY OR THE TEACHERS! This lady is only going after her to due the lack of good coaching the softball coach is. Nothing against her teaching infact her daughter never had her in school. The state title that the softball team of 2008 has nothing to do with coaching. Softball and baseball are mainly talent sports either you can hit a ball or throw one or not. Coaching only does the line up. She makes her assistant coaches run the whole practice anyway.

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16kmasjd(2 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

need i mention they already fired the softball coach due to all these complaints.

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17dkm(3 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Opinions are like a@#holes everyone’s got one... looks like Canfield has a lot of opinions!! BOE elected by the Canfield residents this is who they want...doubtful this behavior will get this lady or her daughter anything but grief stop while you’re ahead. Stop trying to live through your kids bet if it was up to her she would have stopped your relentless/stalking behavior a long time ago.

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18doubled(210 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

unionforever -- do you even work -- or do you just troll around all day on the vindy site...I swear you're the first comment on every article that has anything to do with a teacher, a cop, a firefighter, a gm employee...We get it, ok, you can't stand anyone who has a job...message recieved. Suggestion, instead of sitting around at home all day go out and get some fresh air or volunteer and read to blind kids or something -- you'll feel better.

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19doubled(210 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

857nafstrops -- wow, you're a real patriot - posting some teacher's salary on the board, with his name, even..You're sooooo brave. Must make you feel good, huh? Don't know the teacher you singled out, but i'm sure you do, don't you. Don't know how long the guy's been teaching, but if he has his masters degree and has been there more than 10 yrs, I can say this without hesitation, show me even ONE private industry employee that is earning only 81K and owns a masters degree with over ten years at the same company and I'll show you a sucker...Any private employee that has a masters with 10 yrs at the same company should definately be earning over 81K per. -- PLUS BONUSES....So get a clue about the business world -- and while you're at it, get some guts, too.

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20Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Hay just be thankful you do not live in Boardman

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21Cards20(1 comment)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

KMASJD said: "The state title that the softball team of 2008 has nothing to do with coaching. Softball and baseball are mainly talent sports either you can hit a ball or throw one or not. Coaching only does the line up."
So the most talented team wins every time? And as long as someone can throw or hit they can play??? Male or female, it is obvious you have never participated in a team sport of any type. If you pass that "feeling" along to your kids, they will never succeed in any athletic endeavor. Ever. State/District/Conference titles aren't given away, sorry to inform you. Although I am sure you are part of the group that wants to give trophies to every kid on every team every year, so lil' Johnny doesn't feel bad. Sigh. The Pussification of this country continues. Viva La Stool.

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22GETaLIFE(5 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Instead of publishing articles about canfield schools to try and make them look like they are hiding something, maybe you should ask yourself what kind of people are asking for these records in the first place! Did you ever think that maybe Canfield School employees have more important things to do then dig up records for this poor poor mom and dad who's little daughter didnt get enough at bats on the team this year?

Why not write an actual interesting article, FOR A CHANGE, about how parents in Canfield need to shut their mouths and let their child play the damn sport. I know the facts in this situation because I am a part of it.

Fact: MR and MRS HYDE think that their daughter is better then she is.

Fact: Every parent that has every complained about The Canfield softball program has complained for the same reason.

Fact: Any parent who's daughter has graduated from canfield and no longer has any connection to the program needs to really, REALLY get a life.

So HYDE family, follow in the footsteps of former complaining parents and send your little princess to Mooney so you can actually have an affect on the coaching staff. Worked before.

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23onlytruth(1 comment)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Leave the union out of it. If administrators did there jobs they would see that there are some teachers in Canfield that are bad. We all know the names of who they are, we all pray our kids don't get them. If administrators did their jobs, these teachers would be gone. Union or not teachers can get fired.

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24SchoolSupporter(1 comment)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I am married to someone who has coached in another school district and I have one thing to say....coaches do NOT make enough money to put up with the crap parents put them through! I believe we figured about 36 cents per hour when it was all said and done. Trust me when I say, most people aren't coaching for the money. They do it for the love of the game, and because they have a passion for inspiring young people. My children play(ed) sports for Canfield. Did I always agree with what a coach did, when they scheduled practice, how much time my kid did, or didn't play...NO. Why? Because I respect the time and energy the coach puts in to their sport. We all want the best for our kids, I get that. But we also need to let them sit on the bench, work a little harder, and fight their own battles. It builds character. I miss the days when parents respected their child's teachers and coaches. It's one thing if we don't agree with a grade our child "earned," or the time they played in a game, but why do parents believe it's okay to bad-mouth the teacher or coach in front of their children? No wonder kids come to school and disrespect those who are there to educate them. If you don't like what a teacher or coach does...walk in their shoes for a year... for a season, before you run your mouths. Pay to Participate is unfortunate, but it's the result of 2 failed levys. If you would have passed the levy in the first place, it might not have been so painful to see your child on the bench.

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25pacer(68 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

School sports cost every citizen money paid by taxes. Very few children get to play. School sport programs causes many arguments. Stop all school sports and use the money to educate the children teach them how to get along with their neighbors. JUST THE FACTS.

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26lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

most kids who play sports know who the better players are and who should be playing and who shouldn't. unfortunately, sometimes the last regular player is playing for a reason other than better talent and the only thing the kids not playing can do is PERFORM BETTER !!! that sometimes sucks, but that's one of the life lessons sports teaches.

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27suckitup(4 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I think its entertaining that a lot of people on here automatically jump to the conclusion that the BOE is covering something up, based on the misguided rants of a parent who's daughter wasn't good enough to play a sport. Unfortunately in today's world most parents can't see that their child is not the next Lebron James, or Tiger Woods. So instead they will attempt to ruin the name of a teacher, out of revenge, then admit to themselves that their daughter is not a good athlete. This is also a fantastic example for the HYDES to show their children, whenever you don't get your way just go ahead and sue people in order to get it. Maybe next time the Vindicator can get to the REAL story instead of just the on sided view of an angry parent, and let all parties involved defend themselves.

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28wantedtobe(13 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

"It is the squeaky wheel that gets the grease."

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29barbiebutt(4 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Let’s regain focus here! One woman’s complaints against a teacher, or even multiple complaints against a teacher, have nothing to do with the levy. To say you’re voting NO on the levy because the BOE has not turned over the requested files is an ill-founded response. This issue has nothing to do with educational funding. Almost two decades ago Ohio’s educational funding system was found unconstitutional, and yet nothing has been done to fix the problem. The word “accountability” is all over education, and yet the state of Ohio has not been held accountable for fixing the funding problem. Until the funding issue is resolved we cannot punish our children, because of a disagreement with one teacher’s teaching style, teacher and/or administrator salary, or the dislike of a coach.

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30carago11(44 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

She sued for the records after requesting them in writing and was ignored. Its all of our 'rights' to have public information. Bottom line, 60% of our taxes go towards our schools and their employees. She earned that right by living in Canfield. She has been told one thing and wants to see if they are true. Nothing wrong with that.

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31walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Here are a couple of questions. If Mr. Archer received the request on Sept. 13, why did it take until Sept. 29 to issue the parents a response that info would not be forthcoming in a timely manner? Why are e-mails archived by an outside company when 90 daily e-mails can easily be archived on to a flash drive?

Teacher personal info is off limits but complaints, disciplinary actions, contracts, and anything dealing with ordinary personnel issues should be simply handed over. But, if this is over a coaching decision, it is wrong. Parents complaints should be directed to athletic directors, not coaches, as it puts the coach in a no win situation.

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32Athletics4Life(2 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

This goes to show you the quality of people living in Canfield now. I am a proud graduate of the Canfield school system, where I actively participated in athletics through my tenure there. I was brought up in a family where you worked hard for everything and good things came. I was never expected to be given a spot, I had to earn it. If I wanted to be a starter, I had to outwork and perform the person ahead of me when I was given a chance. To get that chance, I had to work hard to prove that I deserved that chance.

Parents and kids these days have no idea about any of that. Their mommies and daddies coached them all the way through and they are the best because mommy and daddy said so. Let’s relate this to the real world. Are mommy and daddy going to go to the job interview with you and say that you are the best and deserve this job? No, you have to earn the right for that interview and then prove yourself at the interview that you should be given a chance to earn that “starting” spot.

Same can be said about sports. I don’t understand why this has to be any different. You earn the right to be on the team, and then earn the right to x amount of playing time and eventually, become a starter. Parents lose sight of the most important aspects of high school athletics anyways. They are there to give kids a chance to build lasting relationships with coaches and other student-athletes on the team, build character through teaching kids the importance of working hard to achieve a common goal and ultimately, to have fun. It is also a stepping-stone to college.

In my years at the college ranks, I have never once seen a parent step into a coach’s office and demand more playing time for their child or question the coaches’ strategies. Just because it is a public high school, doesn’t mean these things should take place there too. If this were to happen at the college level, the coach would just laugh in your face and carry on. These questions shouldn’t even be entertained at the high school level. It is truly disheartening that the high school athletics system has come to this. There is no more pride for the team or school, just pride for myself. It is disgusting. Self-centered individuals who think they should be given everything.

This is society in general. Everyone thinks they deserve everything because they never had to work a day in their lives because mommy and daddy provided everything for them. It is just sick.

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33Athletics4Life(2 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I have been a part of athletics at every level. I played high school and collegiately, and now, I work in collegiate athletics. I have never been more disappointed about something than when I read this article. If this parent is pursuing this issue because she didn’t agree with the playing time her daughter was receiving, this person has a rude awakening ahead of them. Coaches and the Board of Education should not have to answer to parents on questions such as strategy or playing time. That is ridiculous. Parents shouldn’t even be involved in anything other than going to watch their child play.

If they are unhappy with the outcome of something, tough s**t. Move to a different district or pay for your child to go to a cozy private school. After doing some research on this coach, I think her coaching record speaks for itself. A state title and currently a regional appearance in volleyball. That’s pretty good by my standards. And for those who think baseball and softball is a god given talent sport and the coach just makes the line-up., you have no clue about either of the sports. I spent my life playing baseball and the coach makes more decisions than who is starting the game. The whole sport is strategy. When to bunt, hit & run, steal bases, make pitching changes, etc., all lead to the outcome of a game. If those terms are a little too advanced for you, maybe you should check into the sport a little more before saying the coach makes no decisions.

It is always funny to examine how naive people are about the sport their own child is “so amazing” at. If you had any respect or knowledge for the game, these complaints wouldn’t even be a thought. I am truly shocked that the Canfield School system has come to this. It used to be about pride, academics and athletics. Now citizens feel a need to rant about coaches, teachers and levies because they think it is unfair and their child should be given everything instead of earning it. People need to wake up and realize that this is the way their child is and drop the blinders. The whole system would be much better off if parents accepted their children for the way they are instead of making them something they aren’t.

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34walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

First, you say:
"Parents lose sight of the most important aspects of high school athletics anyways. They are there to give kids a chance to build lasting relationships with coaches and other student-athletes on the team, build character through teaching kids the importance of working hard to achieve a common goal and ultimately, to have fun. It is also a stepping-stone to college."

Then you say:
"After doing some research on this coach, I think her coaching record speaks for itself. A state title and currently a regional appearance in volleyball. That’s pretty good by my standards."

So, the way I see it, you speak out of one side of your mouth about character building, teamwork and all those warm, fuzzy things. Then, out of the other side of your mouth , you judge according to your standard winning a state championship and being in playoffs, i.e. WINNING, to be the true coach measurement! My kids played at Canfield but were not good enough to start and I told them to accept it. But, when the time came to play the non-starters in the blow-out games, it is interesting to see how the players with parents that were connected to the school or program or the community were played first! So, spare me the lecture about Canfield athletics!

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35reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

CANFIELD — 2007 The state auditor's office says the school district should tighten its oversight of fundraising for student activities.

There were no findings for recovery of funds in the state's annual audit, released Monday. But the auditor's office issued a management letter with recommendations for better accounting practices.

The district has already stopped a practice of allowing coaches to oversee money from fundraisers. A policy change in September 2006 now requires coaches to turn the money over to district treasurer Pattie Kesner.

This new policy is in line with the Ohio Revised Code, which says all employees of a school district should turn public money over to the district within one day if it's more than $1,000. It should be turned over within three days if under $1,000, and the money can be stored in a safe place. Fundraiser money should be considered public money, according to auditor's guidelines.

Booster clubs, which are set up as nonprofit corporations, are not considered part of the school district and can control money from their own fundraisers.

A group of parents tried for months to get an accounting of volleyball and girls softball fundraiser money from the district, said Tom Porter, one of those parents. The parents, including an accountant, had many questions when they did see records. The group, which is working with an attorney, turned its records and questions over to the state auditor's office. That resulted in the investigation that led to the letter.

"We spent hours and days on responding to questions from the auditors," Kesner said Wednesday. "There were countless hours and taxpayer money that went out the door," she said, explaining that the district has to pay for the extra services.

She said that since there were no findings for recovery, "that should be the end of it."

She referred other questions to schools Superintendent Dante Zambrini, who is on vacation and cannot be reached.

The dispute between the parents group and the district goes back almost two years.

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36reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Roni Haurin, who coaches volleyball and softball, had accounts set up at Farmers National Bank and oversaw those accounts. District administrators said that before the policy change, they considered Haurin and other coaches who controlled fundraiser accounts as being the same as booster organizations.

Porter said questions arose because a previous booster club for softball offered an accounting of its fundraiser money, and parents didn't get a similar accounting from Haurin. The group wanted to see account records for volleyball from 2002, and for softball from the time she became head coach in March 2005.

Haurin chose to run her own fundraisers then, and the booster club disbanded.

The auditors went over the parents' concerns point by point, said state auditor spokeswoman Emily Frazee. The management letter details some of their findings and makes recommendations.

"We found expenditures [and receipts] for several student activities were not included on the district's books," it says. "We recommend all district activity flow through the district's books and all expenditures be paid by the treasurer."

The letter notes that checks and cash were kept in the desk of a coach for periods longer than three business days. "We recommend that all deposits be made in accordance with Ohio Revised Code 9.38 and in accordance with the district's policies," it says.

The letter says that there was some ambiguity in identifying which student activity programs were student-district managed and which were nonschool organizations. "This can and did lead to activities that should have been recorded on the district's books being left off."

The letter said several expenditures for the softball team were made from volleyball funds. "This results in the girls volleyball team having less money that they should and the girls softball team using money to which they are not entitled," it says.

The letter says coaches for summer camps were being paid by outside organizations and shouldn't have been, and that several expenditures from the volleyball fund didn't have any supporting documentation. "We also noted that cash was not always deposited to the volleyball account, but was instead used to pay for expenses as they would come up.

"This leads to district receipts and expenditures being understated on the district's books and the district financial statements being inaccurate," the letter says.

The letter recommends that all payments have proper documentation and that all money be deposited into the district's bank account. "This will help ensure accountability and integrity in all programs that represent the district."

Haurin, who is also a physical education teacher at C.H. Campbell Elementary, could not be reached to comment Wednesday.

Keith Roland, the attorney for the parents, said Wednesday he had not had a chance to review the audit or the letter.

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37reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Her sister is the Treasurer on the Board and her Ex-Brother in-law is the President on the Board.

Talk about a cover up

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38reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Coach hired over parent protests

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CANFIELD — Parents who are questioning fundraising accounts maintained by a coach asked the school board to table rehiring her Monday, but the board turned down the request.

Ronie Haurin, who is head softball and volleyball coach and also a physical education teacher at C.H. Campbell Elementary School, was hired along with nine other coaches at a special board meeting Tuesday. After the parents made their request, the board went into a closed session to discuss the personnel issue. When they returned, they voted on the hires, including Haurin, without comment.

The parents, who told the board they have been asking district administrators for three months to see accounting records from fundraisers the coach handled, were also to have a meeting Wednesday evening with Rich Archer, the district’s business manager. Archer said he was going to give the group a record of an account that Haurin set up at Farmers Bank for the softball team’s fundraiser money. She became head coach last year, and her records begin in March.

Tom Porter, one of the parents, said they also want to see an accounting of money Haurin raised for the volleyball team from 2002.

Porter said parents in the group, who have not gotten along well with Haurin, were upset in March when she said she no longer wanted to work with a parents’ booster group that was set up to raise money for the softball team. Porter said the booster club always gave parents an accounting of fundraiser money, but Haurin did not. He said that at a meeting in August with school district officials that included the athletic director and the assistant principal at the high school, parents raised concerns about accounting for fundraisers and also about what they believe is bullying and poor treatment of some players by the coach. Since then, he said, in phone calls and emails, the parents have been asking to see accounting records.

Archer said three weeks ago that the group was vague in its requests, and that it was his understanding that the parents wanted an investigation into the fundraising. He said Haurin’s records were reviewed, and he was satisfied that they were in order. He reported that to the parents, he said.

Greg Cooper, the district’s athletic director, told parents that he had met with Haurin in September about the importance of communicating with team support groups and boosters. He also told them he would be “particularly attentive for any inappropriate mistreatment toward any of our players.”

But the parents, who are working with a lawyer, say they want to see detailed accounting records of the fundraisers. The district provided The Vindicator with a printout of an account for Canfield High School Softball that was opened by Haurin at Farmers.

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39reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

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The parents want more detailed accounting.



CANFIELD — Parents who are questioning fundraising accounts maintained by a coach asked the school board to postpone rehiring her Monday, but the board turned down the request.

Ronie Haurin, who is head softball and volleyball coach and also is a physical education teacher at C.H. Campbell Elementary School, was hired unanimously along with nine other coaches at a special board meeting Tuesday. After the parents made their request, the board went into a closed session to discuss the issue. When it returned, members voted on the hires, including Haurin, without comment.

The parents say they have been asking district administrators for three months to see accounting records from fundraisers the coach handled. They were meeting this evening with Rich Archer, the district's business manager, and they wanted the board to postpone the hiring until they had a chance to review records. Archer said he was going to give the group a record of an account that Haurin set up at Farmers Bank for the softball team's fundraiser money. She became head coach last year, and the records begin in March. They list revenues of $7,613.08 and expenses of $7,489.18.

Volleyball funds

Tom Porter, one of the parents, said they also want to see an accounting of money Haurin raised for the volleyball team, including money from a concession stand that was set up during games.

Haurin has no records for the stand. She said it was set up for convenience of "the few spectators that attend our matches." She has said the stand was not a moneymaker.

The parents are clashing with Haurin over what they say is harsh and unfair treatment of some players. They were upset in March when she said she no longer wanted to work with a parents' booster group that raised money for the softball team. The club had always given a voluntary accounting of fundraisers, but Haurin did not do so, Porter said.

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40reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Porter said parents raised their concerns at a meeting with the athletics director and the high school's assistant principal in August.

Greg Cooper, the district's athletics director, said he met with Haurin in September about the importance of communicating with players and parents. He said he sees nothing in her coaching style that "would cause undue concern."

Reviewed records

Archer said Haurin's records were reviewed, and he was satisfied that they were in order. He reported that to the parents, he said.

District administrators said that as of September, the district has a new policy.

"All coaches turn over to us anything they have. We are in receipt of all funds," district treasurer Pattie Kesner said. The remainder of the money in the Canfield Softball account, $123.90, was deposited in the board of education's account Oct. 26.

Kesner said that the district has canceled checks from the account Haurin opened at Farmers.

She said she believes the district will be able to account for the fundraiser money to the state auditor's office. The school's annual audit will be done "any time now," Archer said.

The parents group intends to turn its copies of accounting records over to a lawyer, Porter said.

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41reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

NEVER HAD TO SHOW THOSE 2005 FINANCIALS (maybe because her sister is the TREASURER) AND WOW DO I SEE:

Sounds like its been going on for a very long time

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44GETaLIFE(5 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Waaaaaa Waaaaa Waaaaaaa

My daughter doesnt get to play!!!

Waaaaaa Waaaaa Waaaaaaa

But she plays all the time on the team I COACH in the summer!!!

Waaaaaa Waaaaa Waaaaaaa

But we moved from PA so she could be a star at Canfield!!!

Waaaaaa Waaaaa Waaaaaaa

The coach must be to blame, my daughter is too good!!

Waaaaaa Waaaaa Waaaaaaa

Ill just call Tom Porter and ask him for advice, he seems like a quality ROLE MODEL!


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45motherof3(15 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

If only the Canfield taxpayers were more enraged over the fact that their precious tax dollars were being wasted by frivolous lawsuits such as those filed by the Hyde family. We cannot blame the schools for the shortcomings of our children. Now other children will suffer because the Hyde family did not get their way. How pathetic.

Athletics4Life, well said. Parents, we need a little shot of reality. Too bad many of you will not get it until your children enter the real world.

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46tporter7(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

2009 and 2010 the school board paid over $60,000 of our tax money for legal fees. All records belong to the tax payers! Keep giving this administration money so they can continue to protect themselves.It doesn't take four months to provide records unless your getting legal advice.Do you really trust these people our levy money? Clean house and watch the money come flowing in.

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47GETaLIFE(5 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Ladies and Gentlemen Tporter has spoken....we can all sleep soundly now!

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48suckitup(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

To reallypeople.-Congratulations to you for learning how to cut paste previous stories in which the teacher in question was found to have done no wrong doing, way to make a point using your own ORIGINAL thoughts, way to go keep up the great work.

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49lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

and do you really think that the two new board members are going to represent the public when both men made their money thanks to the teachers union. if i didn't have so many skeletons, i would have run. this school system needs fresh air, honesty, and openness in the worst way.

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50Softball008(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

GETaLIFE wrote:"Another case of a Canfield parent that can't come to terms that their daughter isn't as good at softball as they think she is. Instead of helping your daughter work hard and improve, i'll just blame the coach (who won a state title) and file a lawsuit against the school. That way, my daughter still won't be any good and now everyone in the school will hate her. Parents of the year strike again."

Whoever you are, I am a starting member of the 2008 state championship softball team. If you know so much about what is going on, would you happen to know that every pitch thrown on our team was called by the catcher? We won state starting in Little League with the help of our parents, and our level of talent and strong pitching. Every year we had this team together we could have won it without a coach. I recall one of my ex assistant coaches laughing as a teammate walked to first base because they thought they were going to be out. Is that professional? Before you start ragging on people, why don't YOU get a life. Your probably the ex coach that we all secretly hated. Even we knew we had to kiss her butt to keep playing. She knew NOTHING and taught us NOTHING, and we lost teammates due to her lack of respect and knowledge for the game. Same with the assistants. I believe in my high school. I believe in Canfield Softball. Get someone in their who will help the less talented players get back into power. A good step has already been taken. She is gone.

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51Trixie(9 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Boy GETaLIFE really needs to get one. Since when is it ok to attack kids and there ability on a website like this. Act like a grown up (if you are one). Shame on you. We all know who you are. If Haurin were any kind of a coach those girls that won State back in 2008 would of have won and should have won the title more than once. The talent was definitely there. However the coaching was not. Sad for those girls they deserved so much more. Volleyball is done now too. Sad for those girls just think what they could have done if they had a REAL coach. Maybe now that she won't be coaching anymore, she will have some time to get some professional help and counseling. This is much needed. She doesn't know how to the deal with the parents on a team or how to treat the kids. Let's just say this a good thing we know she won't be able to do this to another group of kids. My tax dollars will not be supporting the levy until I am 100% sure they won't be supporting her salary!!!! I agree great time for postive change in Canfield. With Zambrini gone, Haurin gone, now let's get an Athletic Director in there that actually does his JOB!!!!!!!!!!!!

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52COACH1234(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Another sad case of a student/athlete not good enough to play on her high school team. I'm sure as a parent it is very tough to watch your kid sit the bench or not get maximum playing time, however, when you come to a school and the FIRST thing you do is go into the AD's office and say "We moved _____ HYDE here bc we want her to win a State Championship" I'm not so sure what message that is sending your child? Are you really THAT concerned about academics? She also was called Bipolar by her own father. Does the apple fall far from the tree? Hitting a ball over a players head, bc they were not very good at fielding them is called coaching, not bullying. Teach your child to be coachable, not defensive.

Coaching is a task that people take on bc they have a love for a game and want to share that love with a child, not with hopes of bashing, bullying, or causing hate for the sport.
I know, first hand, that Coach Haurin coaches with nothing but great intentions for the student athletes of Canfield in mind. Winning or losing she is encouraging and very personal and considerate of every players feelings or needs. I have been associated with the area's athletics for MANY years and would not back her if I didn't know FIRST HAND.
While coaching and/or teaching in any district for a long period of time like Coach Haurin your bound to have a long list of complaints, its inevitable. She is close to retirement, of course for the amount of years she has in your not going to make everyone happy. ESPECIALLY coaching 2 sports, AT CANFIELD! Be real, everyone loves to complain and point fingers.. and in some cases it is your duty as a parent. But, be sure you are sending the right message.

And, this message, I dont think is right - AT ALL.

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53barbiebutt(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Well said, coach1234. Roni Haurin is one of the most dedicated teachers and coaches that I have ever met. The town rallies around her when we win a state championship, but where are those people now to defend her when she needs it?

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54reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The comments prove out to be those who make it personal (coaches) and keep attacking children.
Mature and dangerous

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55reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Everything is traceable

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56muf65fin(27 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Tell Poter and Cooper,
"little league is over"
Porter is a cry baby!
Cooper never coached a High School team.

Get a life and let the kids
pick a team.

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57suckitup(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

at Wolverine- I don't believe anybody on here is attacking the child, they are criticizing the parents true motives behind the lawsuit. As a freshman in high school i was not played all that much in baseball, I took it as a challenge to better myself and improve in my ability to play the game. My parents did not call the school board and complain because of my playing time, they helped me in the off season with my skills. That is what a good parent would do, not move their child around and try to find them playing time, eventually I lettered three years in the sport and was all conference in two of those years. I believe that REALLYPEOPLE is one of those parents that can't come to terms with their childs lack of ability. I have seen Coach Haurin coach first hand, and know that she loves teaching and helping her girls. She coaches at a high school level, not in tee-ball, where every child deserves to play. In high school you earn your time to play, if not then you sit the bench.

You are right in the statement TYPICAL CANFIELD MENTALITY though, but I feel u are misdirected which of the people you are referring too. Because you are part of the problem, to sit there and say that you are proud of these parents for speaking up and that u care about your kids that go to Canfield and that you are going to vote down the levy, that seems very counterproductive, being that the children are the ones you are going to hurt in the long wrong. So yes i agree with YOU, you have your TYPICAL MENTALITY.

So Kudos to you

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59barbiebutt(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Wow, I wish parents and the community would get this worked up about the academics of our district. At the elementary level, we have a handful of teachers "waiting out" their days until retirement, and a few just plain bad teachers. Where is the law suit to change this situation????

How about the teacher that routinely comes to school late and her classroom is chaotic and unsupervised???? Where's the law suit to change that situation????

How about the administrator that states, "We don't have bullying at our school.", and children are being physically harmed at recess by that "not-a-bully" kid. Where's the law suit in that situation???

My husband and I chose to move to Canfield for the excellent school system and the supportive community, but what we have experienced is only a handful of really good teachers and a complacent district not willing to change. Where’s the law suit in that situation????

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61sue(178 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Just vote NO on the school levy!

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62suckitup(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Tax dollars wouldn't need to be spent on defending her if it wasn't for the Hydes, and their frivolous lawsuit.

Your right REALLYPEOPLE, public records will show what's happened, a group of uptight, think their kids are better then they are, doing whats' best for them not their children, childish adults with nothing better to do than try to drag a good teacher/coach name through the mud out of spite.

Some aspects of sports are not always fair, and your child is not always going to be the best, maybe when you coached them in little league they were the best to you. Not as good when they have to compete and earn their position. Come to terms with that before you take your frustrations out on a coach that has nothing but the best interest of the TEAM in hand when making her decisions.

Softball is a team sport, not measured on one's individual accomplishments. Not everybody is a starter, work harder to make the team better, not sue over playing time. The Hydes need a wake-up call, as do most parents who feel that things should be giving to their child without earning it.

I agree with getalife, send your daughter to Mooney and maybe then she can get the playing time you think she deserves.

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63sue(178 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


IF the school had released the records, as they are required to do so under state law, there would not have been a law suit. The only reason a suit was filed is because the school board failed to release the records.

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64GETaLIFE(5 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

SOFTBALL008.....since it is now obvious who you are, maybe you should contact The HYDES daughter and give her a glimpse into her future.

You can explain to her how you are the only member of a State Champion Softball team to cry and run off the field after getting her medal because the coach wouldn't let you pitch. The coach wouldn't let you pitch in a state championship game where the starting pitcher for Canfield gave up 4 hits and 0 runs. What a terrible coach.

You can show her how following in Mom and Dads footsteps will have you still upset and crying 4 years later about the situation. How you and friends will stop at nothing too see that this awful coach is fired.

You can tell her how 20 years from now when you look back, at what should be, your best high school memory, you didn't get the chance to celebrate. You were unable to experience the joy of hugging your teammates that you grew up playing ball with. The opportunity of riding that bus home feeling like you were on top of the world for a day. That was taken from you. And for what? All because your mommy and daddy thought you should have pitched more throughout the season.

So HYDES, if you want to turn your daughter into this example....keep going, your on the right path.

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65reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

GO COACHES!!!!!!!'

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66TimeforChange(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Some of you people disgust me.
These parents are filing a lawsuit against an incredible person. Before you go spouting off idiotic things about a teacher you don't even know, think. There are so many cases where parents are at fault. Especially when it comes to sports. Just because a teacher is involved does not make that teacher wrong. As a former student of Canfield, I know that there are "bad" teachers that need weeded out. But there are also absolutely incredible teachers who have changed my life and the lives of many others. This coach and teacher is one of those: an amazing person with a spotless track record, who is being slighted by a community and bloggers on vindy.com who don't even understand what this lawsuit is about. Before you get so angry, understand the problem. I fully support this teacher, and not blindly. Shame on these parents for attempting to taint the reputation of an amazing coach and teacher. And shame on some of you posters here who blindly hate for no reason at all with absolutely no understanding of what is really going on.

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67INTEL(62 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

If the coach is so bad... document it...get a camera and record her actions and antics.... If she is so bad... she will cut loose on a student and player... as the saying goes... "a picture is worth a thousand words"

enough of the he said ... she said...

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68lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

a bad coach is okay as long as the team is winning. no longer winning or failing to achieve more with a team of exceptional talent is a reason to get a new coach. you don't change coaches because they "yelled at a kid ". believe it or not, some kids really suck at sports.

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70TheSituation(15 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Accusations of bullying and mistreatment were made.

An investigation ensued. Each player and their parents were called into the school by the athletic director for a private meeting with the athletic director and the Superintendent.

Results of said investigation is what the Hyde's want among records including
any complaints lodged against said teacher/ coach.

This is not about playing time. It's about bullying.
If the coaches did not bully this player and the investigation revealed nothing of that nature then the coach has nothing to worry about.

The Hydes seem to want any and all documentation regarding this coach. Why is that a problem?

If your child told you they were being bullied by adults-what would you do? The administration thought enough of the accusations to conduct an investigation. Why is it wrong to want to know the results of the investigation?

I don't get it.

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71lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

well stated and true, dawgalong

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74TurningTables(13 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Reallypeople, I agree. Time for a change. People have complained about this coach for years - NOT ABOUT PLAYING TIME - But the treatment and her lack of coaching ability. She even admits she can't coach as a recent Vindy quote says she lets one of her senior players "run the show". I know first hand about her playing favorites - putting the same kids names in the paper over and over, lying to the kids, bullying. One of her coaches charges kids to "train" in the off season, under the nose of the AD - total violation of OH athletic assoc coaching rules, but her kids are encouraged to go to him. GOOD RIDDANCE TO THE WHOLE STAFF!!!!

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75losers(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Well, this is to everyone who took time out of their apparently useless days to write on a forum that just shows how pathetic all of you are. Honestly, look at how childish all of you sound, talking about people crying and making fun of them, come on guys, I thought this was an adult forum. Most of the comments are an embarrassment to the Canfield community and sports program. especially, when a coach gets involved like this, (getalife), you need to get a life. unbelievable.

dont forget to vote no on issue 2 on Tuesday!

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76TheSituation(15 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


It is a shame that this kind of thing goes on in a community like Canfield and it is aired out in such a public way. Probably is really embarrassing and concerning for those school employees involved. All the way from the top down. The number of comments here just shows how fed up people are. Canfield wants their school levy to pass on Tuesday. This doesn't help. And how do you "sell" people in Canfield on "pay for play" when you have this kind of controversial coach heading not one, but two sports?

That's some interesting information about the coach who is training players for money. A violation of Ohio high school athletic rules? Right under the AD's nose? He has to know this is against the rules.

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77TurningTables(13 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

C'mon Wolf06, you have been around long enough to know that the majority of complaints were never documented, but fell on deaf hears, year after year. Fact, this coach was fired before, not a lot of people know that, and she repaid the money that was missing to keep her job, but after two decades of coaching fast forward to 2011 when there are more pressing issues like getting a levy passed. My guess and from what I hear is that her fellow teachers, the administrators, AD, and BOE are all getting tired of defending her. Your comments are way off base, they too know it is not about parents wanting special treatment or thinking their kids are better. Other schools have dismissed coaches for less. Many parents gave up trying to oust her, but guess what, these taxpayers pay her salary and their salaries!!!! The voices will be heard this time around.

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78COACH1234(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

That coach is not doing anything under the "AD's nose", he simply has his own personal training business.. it's open for public access and for any one to stay in shape or get in shape. These families have the money to get extra help in the off season. No big deal. He has a business. It would be different if he were doing "softball specific" drills. You people are nuts, and VERY uneducated :)

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79TurningTables(13 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Another waste of taxpayers dollars, then. The coaches I know sign one-year contracts (so there is no off-season for a coach - it is a year long job) and in the sport's off-season train the whole team to keep in shape, not just those who "have money." The arrogance is unbelievable. I'll call the Ohio High School Athletic Association today and ask them though and let my fellow taxpayers know. Canfield Softball/Volleyball teams are getting ripped off.....

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82reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

PUBLIC RECORD-from ac curren board member:
Monday, October 13, 2008

Memo to: The Canfield Board of Education
Mr. Dante Zambrini, Superintendent
Mr. Richard Archer, Business Manager
Mrs. Patricia Kesner, Treasurer
Re: Fiduciary Responsibility

With regard to the ongoing discussion of having the members of the Canfield Board of Education sign and send a letter drafted by our attorney to respond to Mr. Phil Colonna, I respectfully decline to participate.

For insight as to why I so decline, I will explain. As Ohio law sets out authority for a Board of Education, each member as an individual has no authority. Only when a board meets together and acts in public can the authority of the Board of Education be utilized or implemented. The majority votes of a school board in public settles policy and direction for the body.

Mr. Colonna has requested as public records, financial documents relating to Canfield Volleyball fundraising. To date, the administration and some board members have declined to provide these records.

To best understand why a parent and taxpayer would have a concern in this area, we board members have the knowledge that Mary Taylor, the State Auditor on October 30, 2007 issued our district citations (number 1 and 2) as a result of student activity funds not being included in the District’s books and the timeliness of the depositing of funds. Further due to these citations, recommendations were made to the district based upon the potential for “fund raisers being held that are not authorized by the Board” and “several expenditures for the Girl’s Softball Team were made from Girl’s Volleyball funds” and “coaches were being paid monies that were not run through the District’s books” as well as “several expenditures from the Girls’ Volleyball fund that did not have any supporting documentation.”

As Board Members we have a fiduciary duty to the taxpayers of our school district. We need to get to the bottom of these fundraising concerns, as set out by the auditor, to be able to say that we have done our due diligence for the taxpayers. Having our lawyer draft a letter for all of us to sign is not enough. Putting up a “united” front to something we ourselves have not settled is to a degree ridiculous. Ignoring public requests such as these will not make the unknown history they are based upon magically change or disappear.


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83reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The direction we need from our legal counsel should be on the issue of whether or not these requested documents are public record. We need to know the legal authority. Please review the attached Ohio School Board’s Association “Legal Briefs” relating to public record compliance. Absent any exception to our records policy or public records laws, as Board Members we must provide what is requested. The communication to Mr. Colonna should be dealt with as typical communication is handled in our district.

If we are to “all” sign the letter, referring to our authority as set out in the second paragraph of this letter we will have to vote on it at a public meeting before any board member’s signature is placed on the letter. Without legal direction that such information is exempt from public records laws, I would not be able to vote in favor of such a letter.

The best government is a transparent one. We ask for and expect the financial support of our taxpayers. When these taxpayers invest in our community, it is with an understanding that we will be good stewards. They are not to be silent partners who are kept in the dark by those of us that they have selected to represent them.

Please do not consider my refusal to join in a group letter as avoiding my responsibility as a board member, but as an example of my responsibility as a board member.

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85embarrassed(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Once all the documents are handed over and no wrongdoing is discovered, what will you say then? That the Board is still hiding something? You didn't get all the documents? What?? I'm sure you'll find something to justify yourselves for voting No and not supporting the students and School.
I read a lot of comments that people are
voting NO on the levy because of this incident. I think everyone is forgetting what the levy is for. The Students. Think back to when you were thinking of moving to Canfield or why you wanted to stay. It was for the Schools. Every work place has it's bad apples. They eventually get what's coming to them. But don't punish the students because you have ill will against a particular teacher or board member.

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86TurningTables(13 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

We have been given no other choice than to hit the school in the pocket book. It's unfortunate, but they are too blame. Parent complaints have been ignored for too long, in this issue and others - Bullying, Busing, Band, Theater, athletics, and so on. Now, because they want our support, they are sitting up and taking notice that complaints are warranted and need to be taken seriously. Like I said before, getting this levy passed is more important than keeping a coach or Superintendent. WE PAY THEM - Money talks and this is the only way to be heard.

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87TurningTables(13 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Coach1234 - Thanks for ratting out your friend. It appears that the coach who does this training is in violation of the physical fitness program of OHSAA which states that coaches "paid or unpaid" cannot provide training programs to a "select group" of athletes (on school premises no less) - i.e. those who "have money" and the issue of taking money is subject to the Administration/BOE rules. They don't care. It's the taxpayers' money paying this guy. Any coach, head coach, and administration that supports infractions are all subject to the penalties. I'm not uneducated.

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88uptowngirl(139 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I have not had a child in Canfield School System in over 10 years and I know exactly who this coach is. The person coaches more than 1 sport and complaints are numerous in the community regarding both sports and the treatment of student athletes and parents. Teachers/Coaches should be respectful of the members of the community.

Defeating the levy is not a way to get the attention of the BOE and administration. It just makes other members of the community realize that you are not very resourceful and have nothing but your own agenda.

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89reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


You seem to know alot about what will be turned over-(maybe Zambrini himself-or the BOE President!!!)
They will get nothing but corruption and wrong doing for many years!
I am thinking $1,000 per child not documented that had complaints!!!
You talk about supporting the students--There has been no support for these students from the Administration what so ever!!
Time to clean house:

Zambrini on his way out
Haurin and her puppets ------out
BOE members-----out
and you will see a change in this school district for the better!!!!
VOTE NO-and clean house!!!!!!!

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90canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

@uptown girl...

You have no idea about what lengths parents have gone to in order to obtain BASIC EDUCATIONAL rights for their children in this school district. The District administration has little regard for laws, state or federal.You should have no doubts whatsoever about the resourcefulness of parents whom the District has attempted to grind into the ground because we have dared to stand up for our kids. Trust me, incidents like this one are not isolated and occur more frequently than they should in Canfield. Our district is not excellent...drugs, theft, weapons, bullying, bad coaches, bad teachers DO EXIST here.

If the levy passes, the kids in this district will see little to no benefit. Levy income will go straight to teacher salaries and benefits. Our kids will be forced to endure the use of outdated textbooks, outdated equipment, and school buildings that should be replaced. So spare me the lecture about the students...no one has their interests in mind except their parents!

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91embarrassed(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


You are correct about some of the levy money going to teachers salaries and benefits. It is what it is. You have a problem with their salaries, join a union.
That's what it does. The same could be said about GM employees. Have you been to the BOE meetings and actually listened and looked at the budget for the schools? There is a lot of money used elsewere besides salaries etc. What do you expect to happen if there is no money? Fire teachers? coaches? Sure that will happen. But do you think that only the bad teachers are going to be fired? I don't think so. Your comment about no one has the interests of the students in mind except their parents.There are and have been some great teachers at Canfield. I personally know of teachers that come in early and stay late to help tudor their students. Those are the ones that will get caught up in the firings.
You don't like the Board members - vote them out! That's why we have elections.
I have lived here for over 25 yrs and have supported the schools way before I even had kids in school. From the tone of the comments here it sounds like a lot of you have put your kids through school and now you're done supporting it.
That's a shame.

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92reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


May of these past parents are done supporting this school district because of the administration and no support for their children for so many years!!
This admin has allowed children and there families to be pushed out of this school district for years!
Just take a look at the comments from suckitup and getalife (the coaches we know who you are) and see how they munipulate-bully and push people around.
Time for a stand by the community to take back what belongs to these children and that is clean house and get people that actually care about children!!!!!!
Something that has been missing for many many many years.
It is a sad day when coaches can post comments about children and attack their abilities-and character!! They say they have the best interest of the players in mind-----I DONT THINK SO!!!

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93reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Oh and do not forget Coach1234

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94Duckdunn12(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Why am I not surprised? I had two kids go through Canfield school system and all I could say is it needs overhauled from top to bottom. If your thinking about sending your kids to Canfield schools better think again and consider other schools like Poland or South Range for now. If I could turn back the hands of time I would have avoided Canfield like the plague.

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95junedog18(1 comment)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

I for one am so sick of parents who can't come to terms with the fact that their kid isn't as good as they think they are. While releasing the records may be an issue, I am not going to comment on that because I do not know much about that sort of thing. But what I do know is the underlying issue of what is happening because I know people involved in the issue--the mother, like so many parents in "perfect Canfield" cannot come to terms with the fact that her daughter was not good at the sport. That's why she is angry and wants the public records. How are INNOCENT coaches and teachers going to be protected if people are allowed to get them fired over something that made them angry? Unless it is a real issue, teachers and coaches are doing their JOBS! Helping the students...we don't need meddling parents to make that even more difficult for them. TO MOTHER: GROW UP

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96walter_sobchak(2634 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

There is a simple way to handle parents that complain to coahes about playing time of their child. You hand out to the parents a set of rules that state if you wish to discuss with the coach the lack of playing time, the coach will listen to the complaint and then the child will not be permitted to play in any contests for one game. People need to understand that it puts the coach in a bind. If they don't play the kid, then it appears that the coach is being vindictive. If they do play the kid, it looks like the coach is bending to the pressure of the parents and then all parents will complain. No matter the coach, it puts them in a corner. The parents should be told to voice their concern to the athletic director for their handling of the issue. This will create a buffer for the coach. But, here's the real issue. Theplayers know who should be playing. Every parent should ask their child about whether or not they should approach the coach. Most kids would be embarassed.

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97Trixie(9 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Great News Everyone - (maybe not so much for GetaLife) It's official Canfield Softball Head Coach Ronie Haurin has been let go and will not be coming back. This lawsuit and with the help of many concerned parents (past and present) wanting to do the right thing for the softball girls of Canfield has finally been able to accomplish their goals. XCoach Haurin (also known as GetaLife) put her last nail in her coffin when she decided to go onto this website and attack some of her very OWN players (past and present). GetaLife - lets respond to your comments: Softball 08 (not even a pitcher by the way - you attacked the wrong girl again). Hint: catcher calling the pitches because you couldn't! Let's respond to your comments: First pitcher: ONLY player on the 2008 State Championship team to receive a FULL scholarship to a Division 1 school. A private school on the East Coast no less and one mile from the ocean. She will have over a $200,000 education and her MBA paid for - doing what she loves - playing softball. She's won numerous awards this year and has brought home alot of hardware to her parents (yes those parents that you also attacked). NEC All Tournament Team, NEC all Conference, pitcher of the week numerous times and best of all received the MVP University award for Softball and that was ONLY this year. (Oh forgot to mention setting university records). Let's put the positive out there GetaLife. Try it you might really begin to like it. Second pitcher: She received a Division Two partial scholarship to a school in West Virginia and also has won NUMEROUS awards these past year - (was redshirted this year but will come back strong next year). It's kinda funny you go on the attack about your pitchers. Most coaches would be VERY PROUD of these young ladies. No pitcher or anyone ran off the field crying, every pitcher hugged their teammates and both still do to this day when they are home from college and get to see each other. Will they be thinking of you now or 20 years from now (you might hope so) but I believe not. (Sorry to burst your bubble). They know they were just unfortunate enough to have had to deal with a pathetic coach and sad human being. These girls have moved on to way better things..they didn't even want to waste their time responding to your comments. MANY of those on that 2008 team wouldn't even give you a hello if they saw you today. A spit in the face maybe. Let's include the girl that quit 3 days before becoming a state champion. As far as pitching in that game (four hits 0 runs) my 50+ year old mom could have pitched in that game and won. There was no competition in DivisionTwo...but only a real coach and softball player would know that. But here again this is (GetaLife) were talking about....she thinks she won a state championship...NO coach...the girls won it in spite of you!

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98canfieldpride(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Everyone on this thread should be ASHAMED and EMBARRASSED for the comments that have been left on here. I'm assuming most of you are adults, and this is how you spend your time? Verbally attacking coaches, parents, and players that you probably have never had any association with or know on a personal level? THIS is why Canfield has earned the reputation of being stuck-up snobs. Not because of occupations or wealth, but because of attitude. Maybe if you all spent your time being a good citizen and trying to better the schools and community instead of being cyber-bullies, the complaints you have voiced wouldn't even be an issue.

In regards to the coach:
I've known this woman for a while and have had a lot of experience during my athletic career with her. While I might not have always agreed with the decisions she made and how she ran her teams, NO ONE DESERVES THIS. She is a person doing the best she can. I don't know of one high school coach who isn't disliked by some players and parents and often complained about. But that doesn't mean that they should be subject to this sort of treatment. From what I've seen, the people who have made the major complaints and filed lawsuits against her are either delusional parents who believe their child to be something she isn't or simply mentally unstable human beings. Maybe these people should take a good look in the mirror before they decide to try to ruin a person's career/reputation.

In regards to the school/levy:
I suggest that everyone who is anti-Canfield/Canfield schools either educate themselves better on the expenses/financial situation so they can see how much the school district is struggling or leave the city as soon as possible since it is clearly an awful place and you and your children would be better off somewhere else. I mean, who wouldn't want to live in a clean, safe area and send their kids to schools that are rated "Excellent" year after year, offer a great variety of sports and extra-curriculars, and are full of teachers and staff that truly care about their students and want nothing more than to have them succeed? What a TERRIBLE place! I can see why you'd much rather go to Poland or South Range! And don't even get me started on the teachers! No longer receiving pay raises, having their benefits cut, losing budgets to pay for class materials, but STILL finding time to tutor struggling students after school, make fun, creative, and educational lesson plans, and be the main reason the school district is constantly rated so high. What HORRIBLE people! It's obvious as to why the levy wouldn't pass! Forget that Canfield is one of the lowest in the state for per-pupil funding and has been making severe cuts (busing, tutors and aids, etc.) since last fall when the levy didn't pass the first time. Clearly these schools don't need/deserve the money AT ALL.

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99canfieldpride(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The bottom line is that the coach isn't perfect and made some mistakes. Maybe it was even a good decision to remove her from her softball position. But what's done is done, and nothing is going to be accomplished by a bunch of bitter, middle-aged parents taking their frustration that their children didn't live up to their expectations out on an internet thread. You all need to leave her and every other coach at that high school alone and let them do their jobs. Because let's face it: none of you could coach the teams any better. And as for the schools, I highly suggest that you take a look at the real facts of what the school district needs and what the money would be spent on (and consider how lucky you are to live a city/go to a school like Canfield) before the next election so that hopefully, Canfield can get the funding it deserves.

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100canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


Don't have a dog in the fight over the coaching issue. Don't much care, except for the fact that the BOE did not provide records that it is required to provide by law.

Many U.S. Citizens are unhappy with the leadership and administration of this country. Should we leave because it is not utopia? True..Canfield is clean. Canfield is safe. Canfield is convenient. I am not leaving Canfield, even though I am very dissatisfied with the schools. I am not alone, obviously. I will stay and continue to fight to make things better, with or without your cooperation. Parents, teachers, and administrators need to work together to solve the issues in Canfield. A token effort by the administration to encourage parental involvement will not accomplish anything. That has been going on for far too long in Canfield, and people are sick of it.

Trust me, it would have been much easier and cheaper to vote for the levy after pay to participate fees were instituted and busing was cut. I continue to vote "no" to a levy on principle.

Parents appreciate teachers who are creative, professional, and dedicated to their jobs. There are many of those in Canfield. Parents do not appreciate entitlement, laziness, arrogance, and a total disregard for parental input. Despite three levy failures, the teachers in Canfield are still very, very well-compensated for their education, experience, creativity and classroom dedication. Probably better than most districts in this county. The administration still also managed to collect their bonuses. Again...the only people suffering from levy failure seem to be the students and their parents.

As for the real facts of the need for a levy...the District administration and BOE have failed to engage in effective two-way communication with parents. If parents had faith, trust and confidence in the BOE and the Superintendent, the levy would have passed the first time.

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101reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


And your comments make you so different than anyone else on this site???? how????

Your comments attack the children and their abilities as well as the parents.

enough said!!

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102reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Post 93 says it all.

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103reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Personal opinion:
I believe this is the HARD TRUTH:
Lets focus on the facts here-the lawsuit is about an administration that did not turn over public records.
The focus is turned around to playing time and position-like it always has been through out the history of any parent complaint about this coach. (to many to count)
Past parents have been there and done that and you can see the anger it has caused for so many people who tried to stand up for what is right and defend their daughters and were labeled:::: Problem Parents:
Parents are not the problem here--------and every parent involved already knows that!!

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104TheSituation(15 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Ungrateful? Spoiled? Is that dysfunctional you were attempting to spell? Pretty harsh comments. The school board is not going to cut athletic programs across the board because people commented on an article about a lawsuit a parent filed on an online newspaper forum. That is just not going to happen.
If the school board and administration would have complied with the parent's request of information than nothing would have been put in the newspaper at all because no lawsuit would have been filed. It's sad that a parent is forced to take legal action to get a response they are entitled to. Blame the people who are really responsible, will you?

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105reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago


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106reallypeople(63 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

They cant change too many years or wrong doing the community needs to vote them out!!!!!
and the AD needs to RETIRE!!!!!

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107INTEL(62 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It looks to me the people have spoken...at the voting booths and for dumping a coach and cleaning house at the BOE... and after the Super moves on.. just watch and see what happens... Canfield will get the levy passed... BUT before it does there will be changes and answers to the public..

As for this blog.. and the people who don't like it.. this is the 21st Century..and the way of communating with people in the community 24-7... Not everyone can make a meeting at 7 PM somewhere...

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108Trixie(9 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Hey thanks for bringing up the Canfield High School ATHELETIC DIRECTOR. There have been alot of comments, opinions and information stated here. But why has this gone so far that a parent has actually had to file a lawsuit. Let's look at who is directly responsible for Mrs. Haurin and the other coaches. Mr. Cooper was asked for her atheletic file a few years back by Mr. Archer. Mr. Cooper's response was I don't have one. I think as a professional and being directly in charge of the coaches that a file would be kept on each coach. Documentation of every complaint whether written, in a group meeting, individually or in a phone conversation would be written down with the Name of person, date, time, complaint and how it was resolved. None of this was done. His response to everyone is that it's about playing time. If that were the case no one would be on the playing field. She had close to 15 complaints against her in the first years of her coaching the Softball team. All were hidden by Mr. Cooper. Mr.Zambrini was recommending her for rehire each year without these issues being brought forward and discussed with the BOE. With BOE members being part of Mrs. Haurin's family the Mr. Zambrini and Mr. Cooper continued to recommend her because they knew their jobs could be in jeopardy and possibly not be voted on for rehire. So yes people you are right there has defintely been a cover up and besides Mr. Zambrini stepping down and Mrs. Haurin out we still need a bigger SPRING cleaning of house if the levy is to pass and Canfield can get back to being Canfield. Out with the Ateletic Director also. Let's have a fresh start!!!

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109sadstory(29 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Wow what a sad story reading through the history

Looks like a time for change has come...........

Trixie sounds like the past 15 complaints are 15 too many.

Poor girls

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110lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

the teachers and administrators need to pay 20 to 25 % of their health care costs and receive only a 2 or 3 % match towards their pensions. quit punishing the students and their parents. any teacher who doesn't like canfield can " take their talents to Youngstown or Warren schools " and let's see how fast those test scores rise ! NOT !!!

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111Feedbackkid(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Regardless of where they go, the bottom line is the current system isn't working. We cn blame it on overpaid teachers, clueless board members, helicopter parents.....regardless, the system needs fixed. Run it like a business....consolidate schools where necessary, eliminate positions, fire underperforming coaches, teachers or administrators. Hold them accountable....academic and athletics alike. A football coach makes the playoffs, a softball coach wins a championship, but in reality they still underachieved....why? because their buddy the athletic director or principal or board member felt it was good enough. Poland, Canfield, board man, ......all the same. Riding easy street and in the end, the community and kids within are screwed. Clean house...it starts at the top.

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112carol83(2 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

It has been also know that where there is a teacher in questionable behavior, the option is given for them to leave their post. No mark on their record. There was a teacher that taught in Austintown for many years, was very (today it would border on abusive to the students) physicallly rough, for years, when enough parents complained, she was given the option to "leave" no spot on her record. She ended up in Canfield teaching, there she did the same thing, only it didn't take so long, guess what they gave her the same option, leave no record of the complaints...if the board isn't recording the complaints there is nothing that will show up then, or tracking from 1 school to the other. I was horrified to see she was back into another school system when my kids started going to school. I made no bones they were never to have her.

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113mikecollins(4 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Hmm, let's see, if doctors like myself had collective bargaining, we could STRIKE against ____________ (insert whatever governing body you wish like the, Ohio State Medical Board US Govt and Medicaid/Medicare, even YOU!) because why? well, because under collective bargaining laws, we can question anyone who is against our 200,000 dollars a year pension, healthcare for life, all for working ~20 years. But at the same time, everyone is getting sick, and your healthcare premiums are getting higher and higher, BUT WE DONT CARE. All we care about is our tidy little pension.

Um, do I need to go on?

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114carago11(44 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

The private sector is getting hurt more than ever and the public sector is to a degree....just not in the Canfield school system. The years of 3-5% raises each year have been gone for quite a while, but not in Canfield. Our kids should have excellent scores, the population in Canfield are higher educated to begin with! Most teachers are great in Canfield and I am OK with them. However, they need to be contributing more to their health care. 9%?? They need to contact their unions and make changes. We will all vote NO and feel no blame for the bussing changes and any elimination of jobs. Its their own selfish fault for ignoring the Great Recession. We pay our teachers better than any school in the area. They are protected by their unions and these DAMN unions are ruining everything (except in the eyes of Zambrini and the teachers). Abolish unions and watch your money and provide evidence that salaries are in line with others in this area first and foremost. I would pass a levy anytime for books, computers, something/anything that helps the children. However, by continuing to enhance teachers and people like Zambrini's bank account under these times and circumstances should be a sin! Thanks to the smart parents of Canfield for speaking out. We are not dumb and we know when we are being played as fools. We all take pride in Canfield and our schools. This is a terrible but needed. I don't blame the State of Ohio, I blame the BOE. We pay for everyones salaries we are speaking about....if we are not happy about it, its our right. THEY BETTER GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER AND START WORKING WITH US...OR ELSE!

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115sadstory(29 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Canfield :: vote the BOE out!!!!!

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116lumper(300 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

and let's share the next superintendent with an adjoining school district and save more money.

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117Feedbackkid(3 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

Lumper.....you are dead on. That's what other communities have done and we need to do the same.

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118sadstory(29 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

To Trixie on your comment 131:

Those complaints were never documented by the AD????

I would think all complaints about a Teacher/Coach would be kept in thier permanent file ????
Sounds a bit strange for an AD to not document and handle those complaints with disciplinary action???

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119Trixie(9 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

In repsonse to Sadstory..... I agree 100% .....strange. The Super and BOE sees nothing wrong with this either because it has been brought to their attention by several parents about the AD keeping no records on this coach and all of the COMPLAINTS!!!!!!!!

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120Trixie(9 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

In response to GETALIFE's post: I don't usually like to step down to your level but this one time I must for the sake of the kids that you posted negatively about here. This is for them: After Wednesday's Board Meeting....whose doing the waaaaaa waaaaaa waaaaaa now. (Refer to YOUR post 54). Whose going to be looking back 20 years from now knowing they had no support (or hugs) and the girls were finally able to get their wish - you being fired as softball coach. They are CELEBRATING NOW! (Refer to YOUR post 77). Tom Porter - my hats off to you. You stuck with it and weren't afraid to put yourself out there. Congratulations job well done. Whose not sleeping now GETALIFE? I'm sure Mr. Porter is! (Refer to YOUR post 57). Thanks to Mr.Zambrini for stepping up to the plate and doing the right thing for the girls, past and present. BOE members thanks for listening finally to things that have been going on for years with this coach. Everyone can move on now...this coach cannot hurt anyone else. She just has to live with herself now. To anyone out there that feels she doesn't deserve this......... this has only been a RESPONSE to her OWN WORDS AND previous comments as referred to above. If she is allowed to make the comments in the first place on this webpage (against children no less) - then we should be able to respond. Finally 100% justice has been served for the girls of Canfield. The Board of Education and Parents of Canfield have spoken!!!!! Goodbye GETALIFE - former head softball coach at Canfield High School. This was made official at Wednesday's November 16th's Board of Education meeting.

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121unhappyvoter1(87 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

hey get a life, you know not what you speak of,,,,,,,,really get a life!!!!!!!!!!!!

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122Trixie(9 comments)posted 4 years, 6 months ago

TRIXIE'S back everyone. Thanks! This is called a Public Forum for a reason. Everyone is allowed to posts their thoughts not just a SELECT few. If you put yourself and your negative comments out there, expect that someone is going to respond.

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