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Board begins search for new superintendent

January 19, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Canfield Board of Education will be conducting a search for a new superintendent in the coming months and the plan is to involve staff and community members. The notice was issued during the Jan. 11 board of education meeting.

School Board President Adrianne Sturm said, "We will hold a series of meetings in February to discuss qualifications."

She said the board is working with the Mahoning County Educational Service Center and has solicited the services of "Finding Leaders," a consulting firm focused on school leader searches. Finding Leaders will be conducting meetings with staff and the community, will be advertising the opening, recruiting candidates, screening, interviewing and facilitating board, staff, and community interviews.

Applicants for the position have until March 23 to submit their applications. The school board plans on interviewing candidates in April and May and hopes to be able to announce the successful candidate in mid-May. Applications for the position can be sent to Paul Pandleton, Finding Leaders, 5811 Canal Road, Valley View, Ohio, 44125.

In another matter, business manager Rich Archer brought up a growing problem with the bus fleet. He told the board that a couple of older buses with Cummins engines have experienced cracked engine blocks. He said replacing the engines can be very expensive.

"Cummins is looking into researching the problem and they want to help us with our problem," Archer said.

He said there are 11 more buses with Cummins engines that are approaching the 10-year mark.

In other business:

Canfield Superintendent Dante Zambrini issued a special recognition to the 2011 Board of Education members.

The board accepted resignations from CVMS home economics teacher Rosanne Volpini, CVMS expressive arts teacher Bonnie Pearl, and bus driver Joyce Lesicko.

The board approved the hiring of Dan DiGiacomo as high school assistant track coach.

An overnight field trip was approved for grade five to travel to Camp Fitch from June 4 to 6 for an outdoor education experience.

The board approved the 2012-13 calendar which included winter break from Dec. 21 through Jan. 2, and spring break from March 28 through April 8. Zambrini said the reason it is approved so far in advance is to let community members schedule vacations.

The board approved student resolutions honoring the Canfield High School volleyball team, which earned the title of district champs. Individual resolutions for players from that team who were named First Team All AAC went to Ellie Rafoth, Abby Malsch, and Sabrina Mangapora. Mangapora was also honored as being named All American Conference, American Division, and Player of the Year.

Donations accepted include $1,863.70 from Box Tops for Education for the CHC Principal's Fund, and $1,000 from the Canfield High School Swim Team Boosters to cover pool rental costs for the swim team.



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