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Schools get grant for AP classes

October 27, 2011
By J.T. Whitehouse
The Canfield Board of Education revealed a grant the school district recently received that will help advanced placement courses at the high school. The grant for $20,000 comes from the Advanced Placement Network of the Ohio Department of Education.

“We are one of six schools accepted into the network,” said Canfield High School 11th and 12th grade Principal John Tullio. “We have committed to adding two advance placement courses at the high school.”

The grant will provide for the training a teacher is required to have to teach an advance placement course. The course gives students a jump into the college careers and, according to Tullio, can shorten the length of time a student puts in to achieve a bachelor’s degree. The classes are taught on a college level.

Tullio said there is a need for the classes at the high school. He said to have an AP class requires committing two teachers to the program. Those teachers will have to take two four-hour courses and develop an action plan. Once the classes are up and running, students who take them will be learning on the college level.

Switching to the elementary buildings, a special recognition was given by Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick, who issued plaques to art teacher Diane Leonard, C.H. Campbell Principal Ken Polen, and Hilltop Principal Cathy Mowry for their participation in the “Reach for the Stars-The Sky is the Limit with Education Around the World” poster contest.

In other business:

• The school board adopted a resolution opposing House Bill 136, which expands the availability of vouchers for students to attend parochial or private schools.

“It’s not that we are against private education,” said Superintendent Dante Zambrini, “but we can’t take public money and fund private education. We can’t pillage for one particular group.”

• The board approved the hiring of bus drivers Deborah Frommelt and Carolyn Fankhauser due to retirement and resignations.

• The board held a first reading of bylaw and policy changes that Zambrini said will bring them up to the state and federal guidelines. The move is something the board does almost annually by reviewing the policies and bylaws to ensure they meet current requirements.

• Out-of-state/overnight field trips were approved with lodging and transportation covered by an outside organization for the CHS speech and debate team to travel to Sylvania and Toldeo in January for a speech tournament, and for the CHS choir to travel to New York City in May for workshop with Broadway stars.

• Under public response, bus stops were again addressed. An issue concerning a substitute driver passing bus stops and stops that were closer to the road than the 10-foot requirement were brought up. Business Manager Rich Archer said he would check into it. He said the levy next month would help bring back some bus stops, but the reduced levy would not be enough to return high school busing.

“If the levy passes, we will have improvements,” Zambrini said.

• Archer reported there were some brick and sandstone repairs made at the middle school, but more work will need to be done in the spring and the project will have to go out to bid.

• Archer reported on the North Broad Street project that will shut down traffic at Brookpark. He said the actual date for the work has not been set yet, but the district was informed that it will be closed for 30 days while the road surface is lowered.

“It will cause some traffic jams,” Archer said.

The posted detour will be Hilltop and Talsman and the transportation department is already planning to deal with alternate routes.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Mahoning County Juvenile Court Judge Theresa Dellick attended last week’s Canfield Board of Education meeting to deliver plaques of recognition to art teacher Diane Leonard, C.H. Campbell Principal Ken Polen, and Hilltop Principal Cathy Mowry for their participation in the “Reach for the Stars-The Sky is the Limit with Education Around the World” poster contest.

 
 

 

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