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If Canfield schools levy passes, busing will be reviewed

Published: Tue, September 20, 2011 @ 12:01 a.m.

By Christine Keeling



High school busing is not among the school services scheduled to be restored if voters approve a five-year 4.9-mill operating levy in November.

The Canfield school board adopted a plan Wednesday at its special meeting to restore bus-stop locations for kindergarten through eighth-grade students, to transport high school band members to away games, to bring back several classified employees and to retain teachers if the district were to receive new money in 2012, from its proposed operating levy. The levy would generate $2,751,914 a year for the district.

“High school busing will be reviewed in the future, but at this time, for 2012, kindergarten through eighth-grade busing will be what’s restored,” said Superintendent Dante Zambrini, if the levy passes.

To save money, after a 6.9-mill levy failed in May, the district changed its transportation routes to include more cluster-style stops for its elementary and middle-school students. It also eliminated high school busing and transportation for high school band members to away games.

The cluster-style stops allowed the district to reduce its work force and saved the district $93,600. No busing for high school students reduced the district’s budget by $83,000 and $800 per away game was saved by not transporting high school band members.

The decision to bring back transportation that will feature cluster and individualized stops for elementary and middle-school students will allow the district to better serve students and families, said Zambrini. If the changes are made, four to five drivers will be hired.

“Two-thirds of our ridership is in kindergarten through eighth grade,” he said.

Stops for high school students are often more spread out because many juniors and seniors drive to school. This causes buses to drive more miles, he said. The money saved by eliminating this service came, in part, from a reduction in driver’s hours.

“The door isn’t closed” on high school busing “just not open,” said Zambrini. “We have to protect the academics, that’s what we are here for.”

If the levy passes, 12 teaching positions, in math, science, music, art and physical education, slated for termination in March 2012 would be saved.

“We’ll be able to retain programs in core academics and expressive arts,” said Zambrini. If the levy fails, “it doesn’t mean we won’t have math at the high school, just fewer teachers which will make larger classes.”

Concessions by the district’s labor organizations saved the district $1.9 million over three years.

In June, 199 members of the Canfield Education Association, the teachers union, agreed to surrender $250,000 in pay increases in their current contract to the district and agreed to concessions that resulted in base salary and salary schedule freezes from 2012-14 at the 2011-12 level. Their health insurance contributions will be 8 percent of the premium in 2011-12, 9 percent in 2012-13, and 10 percent or 15 percent in 2013-14.

Members of the Canfield’s Ohio Association of Public School Employees, representing nonteaching employees, and the Canfield Bus Drivers Association agreed to salary freezes through the 2013-14 school year and increased insurance premiums. Administrative, supervisory and non-union employees also agreed to a zero increase in pay and will have increases in insurance premiums.

Total saving in concessions and other reductions throughout the district have totalled $3.7 million.

November’s levy would cost a homeowner of a $100,000 home $104.12 in additional property tax in 2012.


1lee(544 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

What part of NO NEW TAXES don't you understand?

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2carago11(44 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

If I am being overpaid in the first place, I would have a job raise freeze too. Why are they not participating more in their insurance contributions like the private sector? 8%? It should be at least 10% NOW!!!! The residents in Canfield will get a pay cut because we have to pay more in taxes with our pay cuts or job elimination....I dont hear any cuts except an elimination of a few jobs and a continued inconvenience of the parents who have to bring their children to school. They are NOT doing enough and we all know it.!!! They know it. The teachers have gotten spoiled!!! Vote NO in November!

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3ou812(4 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

It's mine and a alot of other concerned citizens that the levy would pass if Zambrini resigned. He is the problem. Go to a school board meeting, as soon as they see a conflict the call emergency session. Just like the pick and choose questions at the public forums they held. Zambrini needs to go and the levy will pass.

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4simpleton(33 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Ok, three accountants are interviewing for the same job. The interviewer asks the first applicant "what's 2 plus 2" He answers, 4. The second applicant goes in and the interviewer asks "what's 2 plus 2"He answers 4. The third applicant goes in and the interviewer asks "whats 2 plus 2", He answers, "WHAT DO YOU WANT IT TO BE". The interviewer says to him, "YOU'RE HIRED".

Our business manager and treasurer are a perfect example of the third applicant. Anyone can inflate numbers to look the way they want them to. $800 per game for band bussing, really? If that's the case I would much prefer to take my own child.

ou812 is dead on, we want Zambrini and all of his butt kissing patsy's out of our school district. Unil that happens, I will happily drive my kid to school and pay whatever I have to out of pocket. The parents and the community want what we want. Until we get it, they aren't getting a penny!

Oh, and I pay 50% toward my health care!

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5bottomline(2 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

simpleton, congratulations on paying your 50% health care, but you just did exactly what you're criticizing the district of doing: fudging numbers! You kinda sorta forgot to give that figure of oh, say your salary? Yes, teachers have a lower insurance rate, but are you making less than $40,000 a year? We can talk average and median teacher salaries, but not all teachers are making close to those numbers and it's the teachers with significantly smaller salaries that are in higher jeopardy of losing their positions. You know the younger teachers with student loans worth more than their annual salary; the teachers that come early to work and stay hours after to tutor your son or daughter for FREE because they missed a few days in the middle of the year because their parents wanted to take them on vacation; great priorities; the teachers that buy their primetimes breakfast every Friday, give free supplies to unprepared students, mail encouraging letters to their students every year, pay the babysitter more to sit and talk with a student or parent after school, and the list goes on and on. Teachers didn't go into education for the money (and by the way, if you're jealous of teacher's benefits - this is America, you could have done it too!). Teachers are professionals that deserve respect. It's sad and pathetic that individuals that are only trying to make a positive difference in the future get attacked over an insurance rate...the big picture is lost.

Say what you want about the administration, I'd probably agree with you. But unfortunately it's not a guarantee that a NO vote for the levy will get rid of Zambrini. It just means innocent teachers; the ones trying to make a difference in adolescents lives, those people lose their livelihoods.

If you want to be upset with people that don't pay their fair share and still reap benefits from every direction, then be mad at your politicians. Why aren't you giving far more criticism to them? They make at least 3 times the salary of a teacher and most sit on their butts and make no decisions. Focus your negative energy and frustration to those really taking advantage of your tax dollars, not the ones trying to make a difference in your younger community members.

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6canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Here we go again....lies, lies, lies.
Levy passage has nothing to do with the students of the Canfield school District or the quality of the educational process. Save the teachers, their salaries, and their cadillac benefits. Save the superintendent, the business manager the treasurer and their increasingly bloated salaries. Punish the parents. Screw the kids. New levy money will not buy new textbooks, updated classroom equipment, or allow for the technological advancement of our schools. It will all go towards maintenance of the status quo with District employees and the false pretense of "excellence in education".

The administration of this District is a joke....board members included. Just a bunch of kool aid drinking zombies. Everything that has changed or has been eliminated is solely meant to make it painful for parents to educate their children in Canfield.

Until there is accountability,integrity, honesty, fairness, respect, and responsible fiscal decision-making in this District, a levy will not pass.

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7intelligentone(5 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

To all you 6 figure salaries in Canfield, here is a good way to save a few bucks. How about discontinuing your cable. Find a cheaper cell phone deal where there is NO texting. If any of your are pro football fans, instead of buying tickets, use that money for something useful. Think how long football season is, including training camp. Its a few less months than teachers. Pro football players are making millions and working 5-6 months per year. No one seems to care about that. God forbid we mess with that. You people who love to point fingers and criticize are more concerned about your football than the education of your children. There are some things in life worth paying for and education is one of them. And try living well within your means rather than beyond your means. Oh and $800 dollars to bus the band to an away game is a very good price. You tell me how much it should cost? The drivers get paid time and a half, gas prices, and multiply that with the number of busses it takes, I am guessing 4-5 busses? Do you think the football team goes to away games for free? The district pays for them too. So it isn't just the band . . . oops, there I go again, can't mess with football, they are exempt from all this huh? And lastly, no haters are allowed on my comments. I will not be back to read it and if you think I'll be sitting here being offended by what one writes, then you have too much time on your hands and get a life. Use that extra time and spend with your child, educate them since you seem to know all the answers.

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8intelligentone(5 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Bottomline, VERY WELL PUT!!!!!!

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

the subject isn't football players or cable tv prices or politicians inflated salaries. the subject is the overpaid canfield school teachers and the squandering of tax levy money. canfield rebel is so correct it's frightening. vote no !!!

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

Intelligent one....
You are obviously a teacher. Judging by your reaction, probably in Canfield.do you have textbooks in your classroom? How old are the books and in what state are they in? How old is the computer in your room? Do you have a smart board? Do you use the Internet and a website to teach and communicate with parents and students? Do you use or have access to iPods/iPads to supplement learning in your classroom? I could go on and on about the things Canfield students do not have access to in school. This is a crime.....the administration is to blame.

Money in Canfield has been diverted to salaries and benefits of district employees. Plain and simple.

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11bottomline(2 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Canfield Rebel: It's obvious you know nothing about school finance. How may make all the points you want about the lack of technology in the schools, but the far majority of blame goes to your lovely state of Ohio and its ridiculous educational funding. You want schools with great technology, then prepare to wear a bulletproof vest to school. It's places like Chaney, Campbell, and East that have all this wonderful technology, not because of the district taxpayers but because of the state!! If you understood school finance you would figure out that Canfield gets far less money from the state due to the statistics of income, revenue, property values, etc. of its citizens. It's not an even playing field. Do some research. Then make a comment that makes some sense.

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12canfieldrebel(37 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

Bottomline....I am fully aware and fully understand school financing. All you have to do is travel west on 224 or south on 46 to see the state -sanctioned building boom. I am not talking about new buildings. Certainly Canfield should replace the middle school, but this is not fiscally possible. I am speaking about basic classroom tools. Expecting children to be educated using up to date materials.....electronic or paper....is no an unreasonable expectation.

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13repeaters(314 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

BLACKMAIL again by the board. Fall into line simpletons, don't you know WHO the real bosses are in Canfield? It's the school board throwing your kids in front of the bus, yet again. Hold the boards feet to the fire and for once, let them know their elected, not appointed or annointed.

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14lumper(301 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

the board of education is an extension of the administration. THE SCHOOL BOARD DOES NOT REPRESENT THE COMMUNITY !!! the board is a trio of shills and lackeys for zamboni. vote no

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15simpleton(33 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

@ bottomline, I went back, just to be sure, the only teachers in Canfield making 40k or less are the retire/rehires. And, for the record, I make far less then 40k per year and still have to contribute 50% of my health care. Do your research, it is the decision of the company, ie..the school district to decide how much it asks it's employees to contribute. They pay the same about reguardless. I have no problem with a business asking for less of a contribution, but when the business..ie, school district is financially in jeopardy, concessions must be made.

I personally have not wanted to attack teachers, however, I am becoming increasingly sick and tired of "Canfield" teachers complaining. I have nothing but the utmost respect and gratification for any teacher teaching in the Youngstown City School District. The things they must see and hear on a daily basis I'm sure is nothing short of deplorable. I will not, however, allow any teacher in Canfield to compare themselves to them.

As for the band busing, I suggest if they bring back busing for them, then they better darn well bring it back for baseball, basketball, wrestling and every other sport. What makes them so special?

Also, for all of you who think the teachers jobs are on the line, you better check with all the teachers he upset last February, they were all asked to come back. None of them lost their jobs. It was a big "Smoke Screen", much like everything else Zambrini does.

@ intelligentone, Really? No, seriously, Really? How many times a week do you think non union people stay after work and don't get paid overtime? Oh, but we work 40 hours per week. Take your pitty party somewhere else.

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16carago11(44 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

I am hearing teachers salaries being $60K, $70K, and almost $80K a year in canfield......oops I mean for 8-9 months of the year. Did you know Zambrini received a $3000 raise last year??? He went from $100K to $103K a year...nice! I would kiss everyones butt in Canfield too for that kind of pay. He is favoring the schools and not the children. The board needs to get rid of him! They need to get rid of one of the two principles in the middle school (why is there 2 in the first place???) A waste of money!! They need to have the teachers contribute far more to their benefits which account for $5 Million dollars a year. just adding 5% would be $250,000 in savings for the year. They are having their cake and eat it too and its not fair. Teachers are supposted to help our children and not be selfish. I think Canfield teachers are more worried about keeping up with the Jones versus why they went into their profession in the first place. Most teachers are in it for the right reasons, but quite a few in Canfield are in their profession now for the wrong reasons. Levys should be passed to enhance the education of our children. I am not hearing that from Zambrini. I would vote YES all day for school improvements for children. However, I would never vote YES while teachers and the administration continue to give themselves raises and avoid contributing to their health care. We all get premium increases each year and they dont? Using people's hard earned money to save them money is a travesty. Vote NO please in November and lets get some of these board members evicted ASAP. Our children's interests are at stake!!! thanks

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17ARW(5 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

@repeaters...you are so correct! I have attended several board meeting this past school year and I guess I should not have been surprised to see that Zambrini runs the show, not the board! The administration is a perfect example of "adult bullying!". I was shocked at how Mr. Kesner, President of the Board, spoke to public tax-payers! I will never vote yes to this levy until changes are made with the administration! They have made this mess with their cocky attitudes and then want us to clean up their messes. The students are not their concern...money is their motive and concern. So many things bother me with the Canfield Schools, I don't even know what to say and what not to say! I do know one thing for sure-from first hand experience-there are different rules for different people employed by Canfield Schools. And, again, until that changes (by way of changes with administration) my vote will continue to be NO! The "powers that be" do not truly want to know why the community is saying no. Really, increasing my tax dollars is about the 10th reason I will be voting NO. Zambrini is a huge issue in all this, believe me! God forbid you have a different opinion than his! When the time comes, I will also be voting for board members that will hopefully be able to stand up to Zambrini. Stupid me for thinking the board of education was representing the Canfield community and the student's best interest. Instead, they represent Zambrini and the other administrator's best interest.

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18simpleton(33 comments)posted 4 years, 10 months ago

@ARW....welll said!

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19Shoooooo(14 comments)posted 4 years, 9 months ago

I've taken a survey of all the "Black Squirels" in my neighborhood! They have all said, "Vote NO on the Canfield School Levy"

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