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School tax in Canfield fails; most levies OK’d

Published: Wed, November 9, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By Denise Dick



While Mahoning County voters approved many issues on Tuesday’s ballot, they rejected Canfield’s school levy.

The 4.9-mill levy failed with about 56 percent of voters casting ballots against it and 44 percent supporting it.

Austintown 0.5-mill senior-services levy passed as did that township’s two renewals, one for roads and one for parks. About 52 percent of voters voted in favor of the senior levy with about 48 percent opposed.

Voters also approved Boardman’s 3-mill renewal, with 61 percent in favor.

Mahoning County Board of Developmental Disabilities’ renewal passed with about 72 percent of the vote, and Western Reserve schools 3.9-mill renewal passed with about 55 percent.

Adrianne Sturm, a Canfield school board member, said the levy loss means the district will lose 12 more teachers in the spring. There’s no new money coming in 2012, she said.

“It’s so disheartening,” Sturm said. “We were hoping that if it passed, we could bring back some bus stops.”

After voters twice rejected a 6.8-mill operating levy, the district limited busing, implemented a pay-to-participate policy and trimmed staff.

The levy on Tuesday’s budget was a lower 4.9 mills and would have generated $2,751,914 a year.

Austintown Trustee Lisa Oles said voter approval of the senior-services levy means expanded hours for the center on Westchester Drive.

The levy will generate $309,202 each year for five years. Oles said the center board also is looking at transportation services to the center for seniors who don’t drive, and improvements to the kitchen.

Money generated will also be used to pay for utilities in the building.


1youngstownsteve(84 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Poor chub, Dante the Troll and his minions must be fuming in Canfield! Great to see the people of Canfield has said enough sending the troll into retirement with a legacy he created.

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2canfield1970(11 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Time for the BOE to cut all supplemental contracts and save another $600,000.00 per year. oops... guess the people voted against issue 2 so that can't happen!!!

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3pacer(68 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

They may cut some teachers, but they will not cut coaches and any sport costs. Yes, I am against school sports when it takes money away from education. The school system says they do not use any school money for sports but they are paying coaches and all others that work with the sports dept.

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4AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago


issue 2 going down has nothing to do with cutting supplemental contracts. That was the problem, so many thought issue 2 was the only way to save money, and it was not.

pacer, take a look at coaching contracts, and then add the hours a coach puts in. Thats a pretty good bang for you buck.

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5simpleton(33 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Hmmm....wonder why it failed again....LOL

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6lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

those two new board members had better realize that wages and benefits for the administrators and teachers must decrease. really liked the previous idea of sharing the new superintendent with an adjoining school district that also needs one. let's see how the board dismisses that cost saving idea.

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7walter_sobchak(2673 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Shouldn't the union members have some sympathy for the 12 "brother and sister" teachers that will be cut. I mean, a small giveback across the board so that they can keep their positions would go a long way to showing the public they are also feeling the pain.

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8Shoooooo(14 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Let's see how long it takes them to put the levy back on the ballot. They'll pick a date like Christmas eve between the
hours 9 PM and one. They'll huddle up & decide how they can make life more difficult for the parents.
They'll raise the pay to play & adopt fees for everything. Can anyone explain to me why a student at Poland pays $100 to play sports, & a student at Canfield pays $200? Madison will do his "black squirrel" rhetoric. The president of the BOE will educate the voters of the community of their wayward ways. Then will see how that works out for you.

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9simpleton(33 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

@Shooo....Lmao Oh soooo true!

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10AnotherAverageCitizen(1193 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

An Indianapolis charter school backed by Mayor Greg Ballard is closing in the middle of the school year due to financial troubles.

WRTV-TV reports (http://bit.ly/utZuFd ) parents and students at Stonegate Early College High School were told Monday the school will close Dec. 16.

The school offered students the opportunity to earn a Core 40 or Academic Honors diploma and an associate college degree while in high school.

Ballard spokesman Marc Lotter says the mayor's office has hired a third-party trustee to help families find new schools for students.

The school's website says it has about 180 students with an 85 percent graduation rate.

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