By ABBY SLANKER
The 33rd annual Civic Day, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canfield, was held with 40 Canfield High School seniors assuming the roles of school, city and township officials May 3. The day was organized by Canfield High School government teachers Todd Muckleroy and Mike Pavlansky and provided the students an opportunity to become familiar with how their local government operates.
Each student was assigned an official from Canfield City Council, Canfield Schools or Canfield Township to shadow during the day. For example, Rose Betras took over the role of Mayor Bill Kay, Michael Barkett assumed the role of City Council Member Steve Rogers, Josh Tancer assumed the role of Chief of Police Charles Collucci, Tierney Chesney assumed the role of City Attorney Mark Fortunato, Mary Monda took over for Township Trustee Marie Cartwright, Micah Owens took over for Zoning Board Chair James Dietz, Haley Allen assumed the role of School Superintendent Alex Geordan, Kaylee Buchenic took over the role of CVMS Principal Traci Hostetler and Korey Frost assumed the role of Resource Officer Steve Garstka.
Civic Day started at the Canfield Local Schools Board Office where the students conducted a mock school board meeting with their official counterparts. The school officials helped the students understand how a school board meeting is conducted and explained policies and procedures for the meeting.
The students then took a tour of Canfield Village Middle School and were given a tour of the police and fire stations.
The students went to the Canfield Municipal Building where they held a mock city council meeting, with their counterparts. The students were coached through a council meeting, complete with motions, questions from meeting attendees, discussions, debates and banging of the gavel.
“This is a special day. It’s great to see all of you. We are very proud of you. In three weeks, you will graduate and in four years you will be on your own and paying taxes,” said Mayor Bill Kay in welcoming the students.
Under new business, the students tackled such issues as texting while driving, passed a resolution supporting Canfield Rotary and the Canfield Board of Education sponsorship of Canfield High School Civic Day, and convened a discussion on a motion to provide the absence of a final exam for Canfield High School students with all A’s.
The students then traveled to the Canfield Township Hall where a mock trustee meeting was held.
To close out the day, the Rotary Club of Canfield held a luncheon for the students and officials at St. Michael’s Church.