Neighbors | Abby Slanker.A Canfield High School student asked a question during a mock City Council meeting, which was conducted as part of the school’s 37th annual Civic Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canfield on May 5.
Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Canfield City Council members, from left, (back) Mayor Bernie Kosar, Don Dragish and Chuck Tieche helped coach Canfield High School students through a mock city council meeting during the 37th annual Civic Day sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canfield on May 5.
Canfield Mayor Bernie Kosar Sr. welcomed Canfield High School juniors and seniors to the 37th annual Civic Day, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canfield, on May 5.
By ABBY SLANKER
The 37th annual Civic Day, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Canfield, took place with 39 Canfield High School juniors and seniors assuming the roles of city, township and school officials on May 5.
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 the workings of their local government.
Each student was assigned an official from Canfield City Council, Canfield Schools or Canfield Township to shadow during the day. For example, Taryn Rothbauer took over the role of Mayor Bernie Kosar, Sr., Sara Rogers took over the role of City Manager Joe Warino, Mirabella Mangie took over the role of Clerk of Mayor’s Court Lynda Seabrook, Dean Cutrer took over the role of Fire Chief Donald Hutchison, Emma Kadilak took over for Township Trustee Brian Governor, Jill Baker assumed the role of Township Fiscal Officer Carmen Heasley, Abi Hursh took over the role of School Superintendent Alex Geordan, Ben Shapiro took over the role of CVMS Principal Judd Rubin and Chris Morchak 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 walked over to the Canfield Municipal Building where they were welcomed by Mayor Kosar who gave them an overview of City Council meetings and city government.
“Welcome to Council chambers. We live in a city which follows a charter form of government, and has since about 1968 or 1969. In a charter government, a city manager runs the city. What that means is we have a weak council and mayor. Everything goes through the city manager. If necessary, we take a message from someone who has a concern or an issue and then pass it along to the city manager. It is an excellent form of government. Very efficient,” Mayor Kosar said.
Mayor Kosar also stressed to the students that the City of Canfield practices transparency.
“The City of Canfield practices and stresses transparency. We have no secrets. Our checkbook is on the internet for all to see. Go check it out if you want. We are totally and completely transparent,” Mayor Kosar said.
The students had a mock city council meeting, with their counterparts. The students were coached through a council meeting, complete with motions, questions from meeting attendees, discussions, roll call, debates and banging of the gavel.
Toward the end of the meeting, a motion was made to provide the absence of final exams for Canfield High School seniors. After a second, the motion was put to a vote, the majority ruled in favor of the motion.
Mayor Kosar thanked the students for visiting Council Chambers.
“I just have to say that this mock City Council meeting actually went a lot smoother than a real Council meeting,” Mayor Kosar joked.
The students then traveled to the Canfield Township Hall where a mock trustee meeting took place.
To close out the day, the Rotary Club of Canfield had a luncheon for the students and city, township and school officials at St. Michael’s Church.