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canfield schools Zambrini: District now faces more cuts

Published: Thu, November 10, 2011 @ 12:00 a.m.

By christine keeling



The schools superintendent says more cuts are to come after voters rejected the district’s bid for funds for the third time.

A 4.9-mill operating levy for the Canfield Local School District was defeated Tuesday with about 56 percent of voters opposed.

“All operations will be reviewed,” Dante Zambrini, the district’s superintendent, said Wednesday. “The board will have to make tough decisions.”

The district will have to find ways to save additional money and could cut more positions, implement larger class sizes or eliminate curricula that fall outside core academics, he said.

The levy would have cost homeowners $8.68 a month per $100,000 of their home’s value and generated more than $2.7 million a year for the district. The total out-of-pocket expense a homeowner would have paid to the district would have lessened to $6.13 per $100,000 after the first year, when an existing bond expired.

Adrianne Sturm, school board vice president, said she was disheartened by the levy’s failure but optimistic that the numbers in favor of it grew.

Opposition on two prior levies was 58 percent.

The district slashed its budget by $3.6 million, after 6.8-mill levies failed in November 2010 and May. Personnel cuts comprised $1.2 million of the savings, while enacting pay-to-participate in sports and academic clubs, eliminating high-school busing and cutting classified personnel saved $548,500. Contract concessions by the district’s unions will total $1.9 million over three years.

“Reductions, cuts and concessions alone will not balance the budget,” said Zambrini.

Sturm said she believes the community and board have many points in common when it comes to the student’s education.

“When it’s all said and done, we will continue to provide the best education for our students within the means that have been provided,” said Sturm.

The district’s five-year forecast, filed with the state in October, shows $1,217,559 in deficit spending in fiscal year 2011; $555,500 in 2012; $1,331,000 in 2013; $1,683,343 in 2014; $2,100,000 in 2015 and $2,581,000 in 2016. Those shortfalls are projected to tap into the district’s cash balance and could create a $2,566,473 deficit for the district in 2016.

With the failure of the levy, the district will receive no new money in 2012. If a levy were to pass in 2012, the district wouldn’t receive the revenue until 2013.

The district has not had a new operating levy since 2002, Zambrini said.


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

Poor chub, Dante, the Troll, just go away, stay away and keep your mouth shut! Things will be alright after your successor straightens out the mess you and your minions created!

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2Photoman(1246 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

These folks just don't want to listen to the citizens, do they? It's time to replace those who fail to heed the message.

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3MLC75(660 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

The citizens are not the schools personal ATM.If cuts need made,then cut cut cut.Most of the general public are going through some tough times,where do they go for help.Schools need to exist on what they take in,no more taxes.

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4PHISHIE(105 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

Perhaps the board should consider consolidating schools with another near by school district. Another possibility would be to audit each employee position. Such would determine whether or not a position is needed or can be integrated with another position and eliminated. Many educational organizations are over staffed with over paid postions.

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5walter_sobchak(2672 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

"Reductions, cuts and concessions alone will not balance the budget,” said Zambrini."

Typical out-of-touch administrator! You hand out raises over the last 8 years like candy and then say that cuts won't balance the budget. Well, what got you here in the first place, you dolt? Man, I'm glad I won't have to look at this arrogant gasbag any longer.

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

save money by having teachers pay 20 to 25 % of their health care costs. save more by only matching a 3% contribution to their pensions. charge the students to park at the high school.

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7mrbluesman(6 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

I have a better idea. I believe, last Spring, the Levy passed in the City of Canfield but failed in areas outside the City. If that was the case this time as well, perhaps, the School District could be reformed by excising out those areas outside the city. Then, all the malcontents that seem to not be worried about our school system can let their kids go to Boardman, Beaver, Austintown or Youngstown schools. See what happens to property values then.

Perhaps any of you out there can tell me exactly what you think could be done to lower costs. No generalities like "cut, cut, cut." How about some real plans? They haven't asked us for new money in 9 years and still you all complain.

Instead of complaining, try and come up with solutions. That is, specific solutions. Charge the students to park at the high school? Pay to park at a parking lot that tax dollars paid for and continue to pay for? Right.

If this school system goes to hell, say goodbye to our property values. So, any money saved by not passing a levy will be offset by the losses in property value.

Not to mention that we should all want a school system that educates our young and provides them with every possible advantage when it comes to education.

You want to save money on taxes? Vote against CSB levies, they always have surpluses.

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8simpleton(33 comments)posted 4 years, 7 months ago

@ mrbluesman

Stop with the property value. They just decreased mine by 30k. It wasn't because the levy didn't pass either. It's the way things are going. Not a good enough reason to pass a levy anymore. As for high school parking, the kids ARE paying to park at the high school and have been. Also, if you get rid of the out lining areas, you also lose those tax dollars. Looks like you need to do a little more investigating before making negative comments about tax payers.

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