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Canfield Superintendent Dante Zambrini retires

Published: Thu, October 20, 2011 @ 12:30 p.m.

Canfield Schools Superintendent Dante Zambrini will retire at the end of the 2011-2012 school year.

Zambrini made the announcement during Wednesday’s school board meeting and said in a news release, “It’s only appropriate that the Canfield Board of Education be given ample time to conduct a selective and thorough search.”

Zambrini spent his 36-year career with the Canfield district as a teacher, administrator and superintendent, according to the news release.

He said he hopes the board has a new superintendent in place by summer, so that he can assist with summer assignments and help smooth the new leader’s transition into the district.

For details watch Vindy.com or see Friday's Vindicator.


1canfield1970(11 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Can you say: "Retire-Rehire"?

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2smurf0898(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I guess it's easier to quit than to alter ones own ego.

Thank God we no longer have to endure his juvenile bullying tactics and public, red faced tirades. Yipppeeeee

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3jetercp(67 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

yeah this is fishy, something is going on....

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4paulparks(235 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

1. Announce retirement to get the levy passed.
2. Make sure the BOE is loaded with your buddies. (2 former teachers running unopposed...)
3. Be ambiguous about your future plans.
4. Pull a Robert Zorn (of Poland) and come back to us as a "double-dipper."
5. Laugh all the way to the bank.

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5walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh, c'mon, you people are far too cynical! (wink-wink) What about Canfield tradition? Don't forget the black squirrels!!!!!

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6Shoooooo(14 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

black squirrels say, "VOTE NO"!

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7jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Wake up all you moron's-----canfield just lost the best superintendent it will ever have ! It is your children that will suffer because you refuse to have any interest in financing their education. You're all a bunch of cry baby losers with no clue what he has given your community and schools. TAKE THAT TO THE BANK !!!

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8Thesilentmajority(5 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

@ Dawg...

That is a real smart plan...continue to vote NO for your schools, meanwhile your property value will continue to drop. Look at all that money you're saving by voting NO. I guess someday when you decide to sell and can't because you're buried in it, you can rent your place out as section 8 housing. Now that is agreat plan!!

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9canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


The BEST superintendent we have ever had???

If you want the best twister of reality, the best manipulator, the best whiner, the best at being vindictive, nasty, threatening & controlling, the best at micromanagement, the best at padding his salary and patting himself on the back for his purported achievements, the best at protecting his own butt and those of his cronies, etc....yeah...maybe you are right. Then again, you are probably one of those people who has directly benefitted from being his friend. Perhaps you were given a job in the School District? Maybe you did not get laid off in the latest cuts because you were his neighbor? Who knows? You have probably enjoyed the benefits of being a Zambrini zombie for years. You were probably one of the mothers who rode around Canfield with a "Zambrini for Superintendent" sign in your minivan. Good for you!

The rest of us have suffered for too long under his "rule". He needed to go a long time ago. He has done irreparable damage that will take years to undo. We do not need his charity now...he needs to resign now, along with Mr. Archer. Please spare the new Superintendent the prospect of having to endure his presence and archaic ideas about school financing and education. He is the reason we are in the predicament we are in financially and he is the reason for poor morale and a lack of pride in this school district.

Seriously...get a grip!

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10lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

you know this sharlitan is going to double dip- especially with two "new" board members who just happened to work for him. how much money does this guy get to go away. bet it's over 150k.

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11jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Let me guess----you drink a lot of tea and could care less about educating your own children ! It is ludicrous to say you "suffer" because his concern over educating your own children is far greater than your own. You can save a boatload of cash if you just shut the schools down, pay nothing for education---and then cry when your children turn out to be moron's like yourself. Its your kids not mine !

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12lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

oh, and by the way, property values in canfield are determined by socioeconomic factors- i. e. -the color of your skin. NOT THE SCHOOL SYSTEM face the truth. racism exists.

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13canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


Yep. You are either a friend of Zambrini or the man himself. Your comments are pretty representative. You have no idea how much concern and thought has gone into voting "no" for a Canfield school levy. You have no idea how much concern we have for our children and their education. I am thankful that my children do not have you as a parent! You are out of touch with reality and try to cover it up with vitriol and bluster!

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14jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Trust me, reality does not reside in Canfield. "Vitriol and Bluster" do ---- you are testament to that.

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15sscavel(26 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I hope all of you complaining will vote "yes" on SB5 -then teachers that deserve to be on a payroll will be able to stay, and finally seniority will not rule -say bye-bye to bad teachers or those not in it for the kids!

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16sscavel(26 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

And by the way, the majority of homes, no matter where (except Lake Milton) have lost value. It is expected to get worse too. Schools don't even seem to matter anymore. And, guess what? When the values drop, the property taxes we pay will not drop relative to the lower value! But you can control future property taxes by voting YES for SB2. I know I hate paying for (public) schools where teachers get raises based on time served and more education credits. And they make decent money for 180 days of work! To think we have to pay for their benefits and pension stinks -it's time they quit robbing us taxpayers to foot what should be their contributions. TV commercials for teachers and all are using scare tactics! That's just not right!

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17jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Canfield High School serves grades 9-12 in the Canfield Local School District. It is among the few public high schools in Ohio to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10.

Put this in your pipe and smoke it ! You people have some nerve to complain !

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18lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

scholastic achievement by the students in the canfield school system is a direct result of PARENTAL INTEREST , NOT THE TEACHERS. anyone with a bachelor's degree could teach the 2nd or 3rd grade in canfield. it's that easy because the parents care that their kids learn. and what the kids are learning now is that the teachers care only about money for themselves.

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19jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I now understand that stupidity runs ramped with you folks. You are very diluted with your own bull to believe that. Where are the facts to support that ?
The problem is not the students but the folks who think any yo yo can educate your children. Why then do you send you kids to school if you believe PARENTAL INTEREST is what educates instead of teachers ? It is an insult to anyone's intelligence to even make such a comment.

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20UnionForever(1470 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Canfield schools will be better without him! It's the parental involvement that keeps the Canfield schools great.

Be sure to vote YES on Issue 2 and all the Canfield levy needs go away.

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21lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

it's "runs rampant" not ramped - don't use words like stupid to describe others. buy a mirror.

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22sue(179 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Does anyone know when the Canfield teachers' current contract expires???

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23canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

It is amazing to me that it can be said that stupidity runs rampant and that voters are deluded in Canfield. It may have taken awhile for some people to see through the thick gauze veil that Zambrini and the school board attemped to pull over the faces of Canfield voters, but I believe that he and his cronies have now been "outed" for who and what they truly are. Protection of the status quo with regards to school district employee benefits and salaries has always been priority ONE in Zambrini's agenda. This has occured at the expense of the district students. Cold school buildings, lack of decent textbooks, outdated computer equipment, and a wide variablilty in the quality of the educational experience are all part of the daily lives of Canfield students. Zambrini has always been a great proponent of the importance of appearance, both in his personal/professional conduct and in his school district. You can only cover up the foul smell of a decomposing body for so long before someone realizes that something is dreadfully wrong. In Canfield, voters began to realize the foul stench and are trying to work towards cleaning it up. Voting no was a start. The true departure of Zambrini will help, too. But the school board and the bad teachers and inept principals in the District need to go too.Until there is a real movement for real change and reform in this district, voters will continue to vote no against the upcoming levy and any future ones.

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24canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


The teachers' contract expired this year I believe. Over the summer they renegotiated another three year contract.

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25muf65fin(27 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Too late!
The damage has been done!
We are going to vote to raise our taxes?
No way.
We are being threaten again.
We are going to vote yes to put back the cuts that have made?
Tax all the fools that support the levey.

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26legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Kotheimer and his commentary needs to back to the Boardman PD! Is Fatbrini getting the same severance as Jimmy Hughes??

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27legend33(169 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Just as I expected a retired cop to do in his retirement after bleeding the system dry in Boardman. Enjoy your trolling!

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28sue(179 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Canfieldrebel: If the contract was negotiated this past summer, did the teachers make any concessions? How much are they paying for healthcare? I was going to vote to repeal SB 5, but now I am re-thinking my position.

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29canfield1970(11 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The teachers renegotiated early to keep the sweet healthcare deal knowing that SB5 would weaken their bargaining power!

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30wantedtobe(13 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The Facts as provided by the vindy about contracts.

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31sue(179 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Well, I guess if the teachers didn't make concessions and the school board did not push for concessions, I will be voting NO on the school levy. It doesn't seem like anyone is looking out for the taxpayers. Do they not realize this the worst economy in decades?

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32wantedtobe(13 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

There were some concessions. Were more expected?

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33walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The Facts as provided by the vindy about contracts.

Review this article and ask yourself this question: Would the faculty and staff of the Canfield School District have accepted pay freezes and increases in premiums if the previous levy had not failed or if SB5 had not been passed?

The answer is obvious: NO! They would have continued on in their fantasyland, secure in their belief that the Canfield voters would keep passing on levy increases in the finest "tradition" as teacher Stacy Madison so eloquently stated. Remember the black squirrels! Hell will freeze over before I vote for any levy renewal or increase.

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34canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Right now, the school district central office administration and school board would like nothing better than for all Canfield voters to suddenly develop warm & fuzzy feelings for the school district. After all, Mr. Zambrini is laying himself down upon the public altar to sacrifice himself for the good of the school district. This is crap. His contract is up for renewal in December and he sees the writing on the wall. Retire now or face the prospect of being terminated or not renewed. His ego could not stand that.

Up until a week ago, there have only been brief peeps out of the central office about the levy. Restoration of full k-8 busing, hiring of more bus drivers, retention of 12 teachers....all bread crumbs to lull the voters into thinking they were being proactive in meeting public demands for cuts and cost-saving measures.

I ask everyone...Where are the levy signs? Where are the results of the survey that was taken on the www.canfieldlevyinfo.com website? Where are all the emails to the college students asking them to vote via absentee ballot? Where are all the posts on Facebook begging for support of the levy?

Don't kid yourself...no real changes other than those intended to be vindictive and to punish parents for not passing the levy have been made. Black squirrel nonsense aside....we need to vote no. The district central office still does not get it!

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35charms(228 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Roll back the 10% raises the teachers got (outside of their step raises) the last 3 years. Mr. Z, give beck the bonuses you've received

I'm sorry, but driving the school system into fiscal emergency is the only way to make meaningful strides in righting the contract with the teachers.

Vote NO on the levy.

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36smurf0898(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I have repeatedly said I would not vote for the levy until this nit wit was gone. Now that that dream has come true, I find myself questioning whether or not I should vote on the levy. I didn't want to put more money in his hands. Now I wonder if they even "NEED" more money.

Not sure I understand why, if the district was in financial dyer straights, the teachers and Zamboni got raises. Then they claim to still need money! Meanwhile, there are 12 heads on the chopping block when they don't get it. If I were one of those 12 heads I would be pretty ticked at my co-workers.

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37jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

It's not surprising that all you white, right wing, tea drinking zealots would derail your own school system into fiscal emergency.

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38smurf0898(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


Ya know, I thought when Obama was elected it would put an end to all of the "Racial Crutch" BS...

I suggest you stop with the ignorant, unjustified, unsolicited, libitarian, racially incriminating comments. You have no idea what the people posting these comments are like. Color, political preference or otherwise.

Btw...at least we live in a town where we pay for our school district instead of getting it for free by sitting on ones own lazy a#$.

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39AnotherAverageCitizen(1194 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

smurf, talk about the pot calling the kettle black.

If the contract expired this year and they signed a new contract this year, I don't see where folks can say they signed a contract early.

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40smurf0898(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


Point taken, sorry. Just tired of jkinnoho's comments. We give this district 65% of our property tax, which is alot of money. We get very little funding from the government because of the value of our homes. Homes, by the way, that most of us are barely hanging on to do to the economy.

Those of us who live here were not handed anything. We went to school, worked hard and bought homes. Now they aren't worth what we paid for them. No one is helping us out. Yet, people like that insist on making us feel like geedy, unconcerned parents for not being able to afford more. I wonder what jkinnoho's property taxes are? Mine are almost $6k a year. And that doesn't include the 1% we pay for city tax.

The people who live here are not of some noble decent and have not been given anything.

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41jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Vote no then. If that alleviates your suffering good for you. Btw, property tax is double here and our school system can't compare to what you folks have so quit your crying already ! Do you really believe this financial mess we are All in stems from your school superintendent ? Give me a break. Put the blame where it belongs.

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42lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

why do we need to pay zambrini to "assist in the transition " ? you're hopefully going to hire somebody who might know how to run a school district- that's what you're paying that person for- so introduce the new person to the head of the teachers union, head of the pta, the financial director and the treasurer and get to work !!! there's no need to pay zamboni to hold someone's hand and have a farewell tour at taxpayer's expense. you know the few weeks zamboni "assists" will cost thousands- money canfield schools could use better elsewhere- like bussing band students.

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43smurf0898(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


If you don't live here I don't think you have a right to pass judgement on our feelings toward the superintendent!

We know what he has done wrong and put the parents and children through, you don't!

Do you defend everyone just because of the title or position they hold?

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44jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Good luck to you good folks in canfield---after all it is your children and schools. I just find it hard to believe your distaste for someone fighting for your children's education. You are foolish to believe otherwise. While i don't have any personal ties to the superintendent i am very aware of his immense contribution toward your community and children.
In time i am certain you will realize what you are losing.

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45mrsdocglb(9 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


Bottom line...if you don't live in Canfield and don't have children in this school district then you need to keep your opinions, political assertions and racial insinuations to yourself.

If your knowledge of the Superintendent is not personal, but professional only, I can understand why you would deem his contributions to this district and our children "immense". He has never been one to shrink at the prospect of any opportunity to publically beat his own drum. I am also sure that he is also singing a tale of his "abuse" and "lack of appreciation" and the "lack of respect" shown to him by the parents of the District.

All of these adverse sentiments towards him are well-deserved and are the direct result of his actions, his attitudes, and his total disdain for anyone who disagrees with him or questions his authority. Parents in this district have a right and an obligation to voice their concerns and to have them addressed in a timely, respectful appropriate manner. It is true that you cannot make everyone happy with your decisions, but you should be able to explain and defend them when you are confronted. Tough economic times mandate tough economic decisions...no one is debating that. But his efforts at financial cutbacks were not honest and convincing. How can you trust someone who says it is necessary to not bus the band to away football games, but gives himself and his administrative support staff raises? The Superintendent and the School Board are supposed to represent the parents and the children. This representation is expected, even when one's own personal interests and beneftis are put at risk. Somewhere along the line, the Superintendent and the School Board have forgotten the basic tenets of public service and democracy.

If he truly "bleeds red and black" then he needs to prove it. Resign now. The Canfield schools need a fresh start and a fresh infusion of ideas.

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46lost4code(4 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

The attitude of contempt and distrust that bloggers are creating is not a good thing for our community. We will have 2 new board members who have no reason to have applied for the positions other than to affect a positive influence on our school system. The Superintendent is retiring, some are happy, but some are sad too. Whatever your reason, the Canfield Schools will have a new Superintendent. Guess what? That may be good, but that may be bad as well. If you do not like the direction of the school system, then you will have the chance to go out for the School Board in 2 years to campaign for 3 seats up for re-election. This is what is American. This is what made Canfield a desired community. The negative comments and tearing down of leadership will only keep us divided.

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47jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

You people are like the wrinkled dried up prune at the bottom of the bushel gasping and crying that someone, anyone acknowledges you. Perhaps i will be your worst nightmare when i get the position as superintendent and remind you daily what you had and lost. The community of canfield is full of great people and it is sad that a few rotten apples stink up the whole place. Try some honey with your tea. Bachman must have unleashed her rabid wolves in your community ---that is whats going on here.

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48jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Oh and btw, get your pocket books ready because to deal with the likes of you few zealots will take a lot more than what you pay now.

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49simpleton(33 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


What, in the name of God, is wrong with you?

If we bother you that much, please just find another article to comment on.

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50jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

simpleton ---- very appropriate name you chose.

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51canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


You love Dante or are Dante. You signrd onto Vindy.com just to respond to this article.

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522muchtax(897 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Good Bye and do us a favor and leave now save the unbelieveable wage and benefits. Then give to the bus garage to hire drivers and diesel and allow the kids to be picked up for school. You would then be doing the parents and students two favors!!!!

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53jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Not true canfieldrebel, i signed on just for you booboo. We all know you well that's for sure.

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54NoDrama(3 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

It is time for a change in leadership. The Board will not be allowing retire-rehire. As a very concerned parent, I want my kids to have the best possible education available. I am deeply fearful that if the schools do not receive some much needed funding, our children will suffer. Our district is so far behind in technology, compared to most other schools, especially the inner- city schools. State funding is so screwed up! When schools like Canfield perform @ such a high level and have a high per- capita income, they are penalized by the state with funding cuts. Maybe we should have are students perform poorly on the state tests so maybe we will get some extra funding!!!! Unfortunately, districts like us are caught in a catch 22!

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55jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Good No Drama---but please, leave the students alone. They don't need to get caught up in the insanity !

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56jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Rehire is something you may desire subsequent of his retirement---but i really doubt that tops the superintendents "to do" list.

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57LyndaWest(1 comment)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

There are certainly some passionate opinions on here.

That being said, he's leaving (hallelujah, hate that opinion or love it, don't care, it's mine). We have two new board members coming in. (Perfect Candidates) Now it's time to start and repair the damage.

I have openly expressed my distain for the past and now have a positive outlook for the future. Mr. Bova and Mr. Fry are two qualified, dedicated and "Honest" men. I understand that some people have reservations with reguard to their being former educators. However, I can assure you these two gentlemen are not coming out of retirement with a hidden agenda. I have come to learn that they are, passionate about seeing the district repair and heal, as well as opening the lines of communication between community, parents, teachers and administration (Long Overdue). They both have raised children, I think that will go along way toward them understanding the parental point of view. They live in the community, and are therefor also paying these taxes. I had the pleasure of being in school when Mr. Bova was the principal. I think we, the alum would all agree that he was tough but fair. I have no doubt he will exhibit the same qualities as a board member.

I would like to thank them both for selflessly taking the time to help this district. The two of you are exactly what this community needs.

I look forward to voting for the levy in November and hope that everyone will follow suit so we can begin the healing and change that we desperately need.

I believe 4.9% is reasonable, we can somehow mange that. Let's pass the levy and have some faith in our new board members and the positive changes that will soon come.

Good luck Mr. Bova and Mr. Fry, you have your work cut out for you.

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58NoDrama(3 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Jkinoho -- you can't leave the kids out!!! That is the reason districts exist!! @ Lynda I agree Bova & Fry are good choices. I too will be voting Yes!!

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59mrsdocglb(9 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


Unfortunately, the kids in this district have been involved in the insanity for a long time. They are used as pawns by the Administration when it is convenient to do so (cut busing, eliminate 4th year of languages, play for play, etc). However, the Administration also has never hesitated to use the accomplishments of students to tout the "excellence" of the school district to justify levy passage.

All we can do now is hope for a better future and hope that the two new additions to the school board will be able to infuse some sanity and reason into decisions made at the board level. They will be in the minority....there are still 3 veteran board members, a Finance Manager and a Treasurer left who are also devotees of Mr. Zambrini. The man may leave, but his legacy could also continue.

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60jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Nonsense --- twist it up how you like, but you folks should seek some psychological help and stop spewing your bitterness at good people to serve and feed your maniacal thinking.

"Maybe we should have are students perform poorly on the state tests so maybe we will get some extra funding!!!!"

This is what i was referring to, and find so absurd but not surprising, that certain folks there,
TEABAGGERS if you will, would even ascertain such a thought.
I know it is halloween time and all----but you people are really really scary. I imagine the next thing you will blame on BOE and Superintendent is 911 and global warming !

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61NoDrama(3 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

@jkinnoo-It's NoDrama and the point was that this was to illustrate how stupid the current system of funding schools is. You completely missed the point!!! Our schools need funding to survive at their current level!! It is our responsibility as parents to provide this for their future -- hence I will be voting for the Levy -- for the students!

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62canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

wow @jkinnoho...you represent the man (yourself) quite well. We respect him a lot more because of your comments. Teabaggers? I'm sure you are aware of the connotation....I'm actually a little afraid that you are anywhere near a school building.

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63smurf0898(17 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


You are a crack pot! Please find something else to do with your weekend.

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64Shoooooo(14 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago


You are what the crying, whining, wheeping, liberals do as you go though life. Screaming at, name calling, rock throwing is your forte.

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65academicmind(6 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

Do not pass the levy Canfield until an accountant has gone through the books. This " good old boy" superintendent has wasted our tax money giving it to his friends and buddies. One example is the teacher who is paid an additional $18,000 to be the energy conservation captain whereby she turns off lights every Friday. How dare he put our children out on the main streets waiting for the bus where they are targets for child molesters and traffic fatalities. How dare he not offer advanced AP classes in the high school but shift boatloads of cash to the athletic departments. How dare he let the middle school children take 9 classes of band a week for all these years. How dare he not have a full day kindergarden for the children. The list could go on and on. He wasted our money. He lacked any vision for the improvement of our schools and the safety of our children. So happy that he is leaving. Let us now find someone who can turn things around

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66Wolf06(20 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Canfield, just like all other public school systems, has to deal with high expectations, rising costs and the almost certainty of reduced state funding. That situation alone makes a superintendent's job difficult. Throw in on top of that, the current economy and people's "anti-taxes" mood and even a saint from heaven coming down to take over will be hard-pressed not to make enemies. Unfortunately, many (some whose comments are above) have specific, personal agendas/desire/wishes that are now unsupportable by the school system in general and end up making accusations that are exaggerated or not actually supported by the facts. Some are patently incorrect (one of which is the claim that "boatloads of cash (was shifted) to the athletic departments. (sic)". Just for the record, it was Poland that spent $2 million on a new stadium, Canfield's athletic improvements five years ago were privately funded in a campaign set up by concerned Canfield residents.

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67jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Nicely said Wolf06

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68academicmind(6 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

I you review the 4/13/2011 board of education meeting, it appears that they approved the following nonrenewable contracts for 5 wresting coaches, 3 hockey coaches, 3 cross country coaches, 2 boys tennis coaches, and 3 girls tennis coaches..this looks excessive for a school our size.

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69Wolf06(20 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Glad to be able to provide some details in response to the number of coaches hired: The wrestling coaches coach the high school varsity and JV teams plus the middle school team. The hockey program is self-supporting; no school money pays for their coaches. The 3 cross country coaches coach the boys' and girls' varsity team plus the middle school boys' and girls' teams. Of the 2 boys' tennis coaches, one is a booster organization-supported position (no school money). Of the girls' tennis coaches, one is a booster organization-supported position (again, no school money involved) and the other is an unpaid volunteer slot. The school system actually cut the number of coaches a few years back (along with several other positions) but the booster groups were willing to help restore them by paying for them.

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70canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Wolf06 and jkinnoho ...same person or very, very good buds


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71carago11(44 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Vote NO on Tuesday!

Zambrini is a Weenie!

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72lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

zamboni : don't go away mad, just go away, ...NOW !!!!

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73jkinnoho(17 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

canfieldrebel, carago, lumper----Please have your meds upgraded already. I do admit though, the comical value of your comments are PRICELESS !

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74CaresAbtArea(2 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Voting down the levy because of a personality conflict is a terrible choice. Our property values are dropping because we live in an area with the highest percentage of poverty in the the nation. Almost 50% (see today's headlines). The way out of that hole is attracting business/jobs.

Quality business leaders and professionals will not relocate to an area that doesn't have good schools. Other major cities have 15-20 excellent schools to choose from within a 20 mile commute (think Cleveland or Pittsburgh). Youngstown has 2. Canfield is one of them, for now.

Don't keep digging the trench around the Island of Canfield on any wider or deeper.

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75CaresAbtArea(2 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

One more thing. We concerned citizens need to take this same energy and initiative to a bigger place. This reason we even have to vote for a levy is the unconstitutional way schools are funded. This needs to be addressed with the State. Until then, we should not be cutting off our noses to spite our faces. We need to protect our biggest asset, our schools.

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76walter_sobchak(2713 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

You are right. Voting down the levy for personal conflict reasons is poor. But, to vote down a levy because pay increases have been handed out over the last few years in a declining economy is a great reason. I believe the teachers could do some more giving back. ANd, when I mean giving back, I don't mean only accepting a 2% raise instead of a 3% raise. But, I will not vote for another levy of any kind until the state of Ohio revises the method for which schools are funded.

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77strongercommunity(2 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

School funding is a complicated issue, with no quick or easy choices to fix the challenges. What we do know is that the way schools are funded has changed little since the Ohio Supreme Court ruled in 1997 that our over-reliance on the levy system for generating revenue to fund schools is unconstitutional. Nevertheless, today the burden for having good schools largely rests with the tax payers and the choices they make when the levies are up for a vote every few years.

We know that the number one consideration for people deciding where to live is the quality of the schools. If the schools are good, they attract residents and people who value education. Generally, those people are willing to pay to keep the quality of the schools stronger. When they decide to stop paying, quality does eventually decline. It may not be overnight, but it does happen. When the quality and reputation of a school district declines, so do the housing values. That's because those who have the resources to pay to live in a good school district move elsewhere. Demand for living in that community decreases, and values decrease because the supply elsewhere (and the value of neighboring communities) is stronger.

Less money for schools means fewer teachers, larger class sizes, and less personalized instruction for each student. The sheer number of students that a teacher is responsible for impacts how they design and implement their lesson plans. For example, an English teacher that has 5 classes per day of 20 students has 100 essays to read, grade, and provide comments on at night when they go home and try to prepare for the next day. That same teacher, in a district where funding is challenged, might have a class size of 30 instead of 20. What's the big deal? Well, grading 150 essays instead of 100 seems like a large change in daily workload to me. In my job, if I had 50% more work added to my plate I would probably have to make concessions somewhere. Perhaps that teacher, just like the rest of us, has a family, has children, has sports, community and church obligations outside of just teaching. How long can that teacher maintain the increased workload of 150 essays instead of 100? Perhaps that teacher stops giving writing assignments, and instead gives worksheets, fill in the blank assignments, and multiple choice tests.

So what happens to the quality of education in this scenario? It means that students don't complete as many writing assignments. It means that they are learning more facts and regurgitating information, instead of processing and synthesizing and forming their own conclusions. It means that they are not developing their critical thinking skills. It also means that students are not being as well prepared for college. It means that the likelihood that they can communicate effectively with potential employers is diminished.

The responsibility for maintaining good schools needs to be a community partnership.The choice is yours. Good luck!

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78academicmind(6 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

As I pointed out in a prior posting, nonacademic staff and activities have received too much funding at the expense of the academic performance of the student. I am not sure how wolf(06) can defend the hiring ofqw 5 wrestling coaches. If one reviews the Board of Education meetings, there is unnecessary funding of expensive busing trips to places such as the Cleveland zoo and the Pittsburgh museum. In a suburb such as Canfield ,where there are few
disadvantaged families, many have taken their
children to such places and we should not be funding these expensive luxuries in this economy.

my concern is that the education of our children has been just average due to misallocation of
funds and lack of creative leadership. According
to Canfieldlevy.2011.weebly.com the mean ACT score for our high school is 23. 23 is not a number to boast about and certainly not one that puts the school in a favorable light. It is sad that our district is said to be number 22 in Ohio. In a school in which 95.6 percent of the kids are non
disadvantaged and more than 60 percent of the parents hold college degrees, our mean ACT number is depressing and cries for reform,,,,, If one looks at the ACT website a score of 23 represents the 68 th percentile and hence reflects
why our students do not track into more competitive colleges and why they do not perform that well once in college.

For start, I would recommend tracking more students to higher level learning in middle school. currently, we have a handful at each grade level labeled gifted and they get more advanced coursework. I propose that we open it up to all students who are on the honor roll in middle school. the current reliance on the IQ test as a
litmus test for who will succeed in school is faulty and outdated.Reasearch shows that our IQ in fact changes according to how intensely we are using our brain and related to maturity. Other ideas, teach more grammar and vocab. Teach allebra in 8th grade. Foreign language should be offered 4 years in high school. Offer more AP classes. Post the honor roll by the front entrance of the school to show the students that their academic achievement is valuable and meaningful. This is a wakeup call. If we pass the levy, it will be business as usual and nothing will change.

students need to be invigorated and challenged.
This is a call out to the teachers and leaders of our community to make changes for the future of our children.

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79academicmind(6 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

There has been no transparency with the board of education or the office of Zambrini. So, I am not sure how you get your facts. Anyway, these trips are very expensive and the PTO should be directed by the school board raise money for academic needs such as smart boards in the classrooms. Nevertheless, I will continue to speak out against the excessive allocation of funds to sports and the lack of attention to academic improvements. How can you justify all these coaches. Please look at the board minutes for 2/17/10 where two ass. track coaches at .875 time got $ 6,356. Not to mention Tinkey getting $5,051 for being the JV boys basketball coach. And others such as a summer percussion instructor Dave on a 7/21/10 meeting gets $1,347 for tutoring. Meanwhile parents are told that the district cant afford all day kindergarten.

And if you dont get the importance of the ACT scores for our children then you are in the dark ages. This district has promoted and single mindedly pursued the OAT/OGT testing. The results of the OGT/OAT tests mean very little in a district where 95% of the children are not disadvantaged. Our children do well because most of the parents are college educated and because the parents are helping their children at home. The ACT scores reflect how well the school has prepared them for college. Not that great is the real answer. But, this school district has done an excellent job putting out so much propaganda about our ranking and OGT/OAT scores. This district is no better than any other public school in our area. It is time to end the overconfidence about mediocrity and really give our kids what they deserve.

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80strongercommunity(2 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

Supplemental contracts for coaches and advisers are a necessary part of offering extracurricular activities. To the extent that the district values something like all-day kindergarten over all other sports and activities, I can not answer. Nor can I begin to propose how much all day kindergarten would cost CHS and whether monies allocated from all other activities could in fact pay for it.

However, I'd like to put the pay for a supplemental coaching contract in perspective. Someone very close to me is a high school football coach and teacher in another Ohio school district. His supplemental coaching contract is $2800 for the football season. Here's what he does to earn that $2800 stipend on top of his regular teacher pay:

January 2 - June 1. Off-season weightlifting and conditioning, 3 times per week, 2.5 hours per session x 18 weeks = 135 hours

June football camp for returning players and incoming freshmen = 8 hours day x 10 days = 80 hours

July football conditioning = 3 times a week x 3 hours per session x 4 weeks = 36 hours

August 3 a day sessions in preparation for the season = 4 days a week x 7 hours x 3 weeks = 84 hours

August scrimmages before the regular season starts = 3 games x 6 hours (prepare, travel, warm up, play, return home, etc) = 18 hours

Regular season practice = 5 days a week x 3 hours each x 10 weeks = 150 hours

Friday night coaching = 1 day a week x 5 hours each Friday x 10 week season = 50 hours

Saturday film review, scouting of opponents, and preparation for the following week = 6 hours per day x 10 weeks = 60 hours

If you add all that up, my friend puts in at least 613 hours per year, and I really didn't even factor in all his prep time. His effective hourly rate, before taxes, is $4.57/hour. This isn't even minimum wage.

These coaches sacrifice a lot of personal time to support kids in their activities. They definitely are not compensated for all the hours they put in. I was a music instructor for a high school band at one time in my life and the hours I put in were comparable to the football coach example above. I hope this helps people understand what goes in to receiving one of these supplemental contracts.

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81academicmind(6 comments)posted 4 years, 8 months ago

In addition to excessive funds being shifted to sports at the expense of academics via the board of education allocations, booster clubs and pay for play, one can find monies given out in contracts with teachers and individuals for after-school clubs. This is surprising since according to School Administration News Oct 2011 internet posting, most teachers do not get paid to run clubs if these clubs are during their directed hours of employment ((ie after school). Not in Canfield! If you look at the minutes from Spring 2011 Board of Education Meetings, one finds lists of contracts. Here are just a few examples. I do not mean to unfairly target any individual or club. Pete receives $2,721 for the high school year book and Dominique gets $1701 for the middle school year book. Power of the Pen advisor Corfman $1010. National Honor Society Advisor $1701. Speech and Debate coaches (five total) which get $12,000 total !!! Evanna gets $1360 for the model UN advisor and $1701 for the interact club. In addition, you have a Senior class sponsor Anthony $1701 and two Junior class sponsors each receiving $1191. What do these sponsor do? Please! Yearbook advisors- I think this could be a volunteer job for a teacher after-school. There are dozens of clubs and these should be volunteer positions led by teachers in after-school hours. And if you enjoyed reading about all these contracts for the after-school clubs, a great entry approved by the board of education was Janice $2600 as a caller of substitute teachers

As I have said before, vote no on this levy until an accountant comes in and reviews the books. The superintendent, the treasurer and the board are all incapable of managing staffing and funds in these economic times. This fall, they cut busing for the high school students and created unsafe bus stops for the younger children. But, did they cut these contracts for after-school clubs? Did they ask the teachers and staff to volunteer since they do fall within their hours of employment? No.

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