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State honors Canfield schools

District excellent for 12 years running

September 29, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Canfield Board of Education had a special guest at the Sept. 21 meeting. Deborah Cain from the Ohio Department of Education was on hand to present the board with a special banner.

“Canfield School District has had an excellent rating for 12 years in a row,” Cain said. “Only 22 districts out of 613 in Ohio have carried that rating for 12 years. It’s an outstanding accomplishment. Year after year, the district has demonstrated what an excellent school district is all about. For 12 consecutive years in a row. You can’t get any higher than that.”

Canfield school board president Brian Kesner said it was all do to a great staff, great students, and great parents.

Canfield schools business manager Rich Archer added to the positive feeling that Cain set after he reported “one of the smoothest openings” for a school year to date.

“With all the changes that have happened, this was one of the smoothest openings I’ve ever seen," Archer said. “And that is in all the buildings.”

He also reported that the entire school bus fleet passed the state inspection with flying colors.

As for buildings, Archer said there will be equipment working on the front of the middle school over the coming weeks. He said it is part of a project to repair brickwork in the front of the building.

Under hiring, Zambrini commented on the hiring of two classified personnel. He said Sandy Milligan was hired as an elemntary health aide because of several cases of students with diabetes. Chester Kaschak was hired as a bus driver due to the need to put the second special needs bus back into service.

“We hired him because we have 10 special needs students this year,” he said.

The increase in students with special needs also warranted the hiring of special needs aide Lori Pitzer, and bus aides Maria Koby, Linda Genuske, Deborah Matavich, and Amy Wittman. Alison Loree and Janice Welch were transfered to bus aides and Patricia Machigno to van aide for the present school year.

In other business:

• Zambrini introduced the district’s three new teachers for the 2011-12 school year. They included government teacher Brian Petruska, science teacher Stephen Pitts and English 9/TV production teacher Marcia McCreary.

• The board approved a recommendation that the academic pay-to-participate fees of $25 for middle school and $50 for high school be eliminated from the Phase II reduction plan. The total revenue that was projected to be received from the academic side of pay-to-participate was approximately $47,000. The loss of these funds will be covered by the additional revenue from the state subsidy payment for high performing districts in the amount of $51,600.

“Since these funds were given to Canfield School district based on the academic success of our students, it is appropriate to pass these funds along to support our students as participants in academic clubs and activities,” Zambrini said.

• The board approved the following extracurricular positions for 2011-12: middle school cheerleader advisor Dana Lariccia; Leo’s Club advisor Mike Kerensky; coordinator of student community service projects Stephen Pitts; fall play director Kandace Cleland; high school student council liaison Joanna Bosnjak and assistant Nicole Vlajkovich; eighth grade boys basketball coach Mike Merritt; seventh grade boys basketball coach Jim Harmon; head girls basketball coach Pat Pavlansky; JV girls basketball coach Matt Reel; freshmen girls basketball coach Kristen Gennaro; eighth grade girls basketball coach Ken Reel; seventh grade girls basketball coach Anna Martin; Saturday’s girls basketball coordinator Pat Pavlansky; middle school football coach Joe Rolla; high school Leo’s Club advisor Candy Reed; and assistant swimming coach Jane Heaven. Supplemental positions funded by support organizations include: football coach Justin Bonanno funded by the Gridiron Club; boys golf coach Mike Kerensky funded by the Boys Golf Boosters; boys bowling coach Carl Hurd and girls bowling coach Howard Mancini funded by the Bowling Boosters; ice hockey head coach Randy emery funded by the Hockey Boosters.

• The board accepted the following donations. For the high school girls tennis team: $1,206.07 from the Canfield Girls Tennis Team Boosters, $300 from Arthur M. Brant, M.D., Ph.D., $300 from Reema Taneja, M.D., $75 from Prakash and Mamta Roy, $300 from L. Greg and Paula Slemons, $100 from R&J Trucking, $150 from D.Q.H. Inc., $300 from Tip Plus Corp., $75 from Paul and Julie Pinto, and $300 from Paul J. Mahar, M.D. For any sport pay-to-participate: $400 from Tom Phillips and $250 from anonymous donors. For girls basketball pay-to-participate: $200 from Tom Phillips and $200 from Ray Duffet. An anonymous $200 donation for football pay-to-participate. For principal’s funds: at CHS, $72.23 from Ohiopyle Prints, Inc., for Hilltop, $7,000 from Canfield PTO, for C.H. Campbell, $4,300 from Canfield PTO, and for CVMS, $348.25 from Target. Total donations came in at $16,076.55.

Article Photos

Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
At the Sept. 21 Canfield Board of Education meeting, the district’s newest teachers were introduced to those in attendance. Pictured are new government teacher Brian Petruska, science teacher Stephen Pitts and talking about her educational background, Marcia McCreary, who will fill the rolls of English 9 and TV production at the high school. Listening to McCreary are Ohio Department of Education representative Debra Cain, Canfield school business manager Rich Archer, and Superintendent Dante Zambrini.

 
 

 

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