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.
November 4, 2011 at 5:23 p.m.
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.
November 4, 2011 at 8:42 a.m.
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 fewdisadvantaged 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 offunds and lack of creative leadership. Accordingto 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 nondisadvantaged 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 reflectswhy 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 alitmus 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.
November 3, 2011 at 4:43 p.m.
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.
November 1, 2011 at 4:40 p.m.
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
October 25, 2011 at 9:22 a.m.
This article is great! First, Ap classes are very important. Our top valley high school students do NOT track into medical school at Ohio State or University of Pitt or Casewestern. Most of them struggle to perform and succeed in college and end up giving up their dreams or barely making it into a low ranking school. THis is not acceptable. The reason for this is that our public schools do not offer AP science classes. You simply cant compete in college with the kids who have taken them. Second, there is hope. If you have high ambitions, you had better go to Ursuline where they have EIGHT AP classes and are preparing our top academic kids to compete. Do your research on these high schools. They could definitely shift some funds from athletics to academics. It is about time!
October 25, 2011 at 9:10 a.m.