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District receives Auditor of State Award

April 18, 2012
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

At Monday's Canfield Board of Education meeting, board President Adrianne Sturm presented an award the district received for having a exemplary financial report for 2011. Strum displayed the award certificate that came from Ohio Auditor of State Dave Yost.

"This is the second year in a row that we received this award," Strum said.

She stated the award is for a clean and error-free audit of the district's finances. It represented excellent record keeping and no weaknesses or citations involved. Another requirement was to have been filed in a timely fashion.

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Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Canfield School Superintendent Dante Zambrini and Board of Education President Adrianne Sturm congratulate Canfield High School student Max Lee, who is the district’s third Regional Spelling Bee champion. A proclamation was approved at Monday’s Board of Education meeting honoring Lee’s accomplishments.

Strum said it all falls on the treasurer, Pattie Kesner, who has been handling the district's finances for over 20 years. She said Kesner has done an outstanding job that is reflected through the award.

In a letter from Yost that was read into the minutes, it stated, "Clean and accurate record-keeping are the foundation for good government, and the taxpayers can take pride in your commitment to accountability."

Good news regarding finances continued when Kesner gave her treasurer's report. She said the school year is three-fourths over and the budget is right on track at 75 percent.

"We are spending according to our budget at this point," she told the board members.

Another honor presented at Monday's meeting was for CHS student Max Lee, who was the Regional spelling bee champion this year. Superintendent Dante Zambrini said Lee is the third CHS regional champion. He was presented with a proclamation honoring his efforts. He won the bee on the word "fabricate."

Under the business manager's report, Rich Archer said the bus accident on Ohio 14 last month ended up with the bus being totaled by the insurance company. The bus is a 2000 model and is one year short of the replacement cost program that would have covered a new bus.

"We'll probably be getting $4,500 and the cost of a new bus is $75,000," he said. "We may look at buying a used bus to replace it."

He said the cost for a replacement bus will be known by the next board meeting. He asked the board to be prepared to approve an emergency expenditure for the replacement.

Another item on the agenda was the approval of intradistrict open enrollment. Zambrini explained that because Canfield has two elementary schools, they need to pass an open enrollment that allows students from one elementary to sign up to attend the other. He said this is not an open enrollment for students outside the district.

In other business:

The board approved May 6-12 as "Teacher Appreciation Week" in Canfield.

Approval was given to hold summer school for C.H. Campbell and Hilltop students from Aug. 6 through Aug. 10.

Laurie Kollat reported that the Race to the Top goals for the district have been met or on right on track. Donations were accepted for the CHS Art Show as follows: contributing $10 each were Kelley and Magnus Svensson, W. J. Heaven, The Canfield Wrestling Family, Debbie Sulenski, Maureen McGuffin, Sharon Queen, Doug and Rene Nagy, Donald E. Gant Jr., Mike Kelly, the Brazelton Family, Joseph and Mary Lou Mikolay, and Kelly and Thomas Scurich. Donating $15 was Regina Reynolds. Donating $20 each were J.S. Kercher, Michael Strohecker, Huong Tran, Steven Savich, and Carole and Joseph Bernard. Donating $50 each were Gretchen Fernstrom and the DeSanto Law Firm. The annual art show will be held at the high school on May 23 and 24.

Other donations accepted at the meeting included $20 from Mike Kelly and $20 from an anonymous donor for the CHS Players; $75 from Phillip and Rita Bova for the CVMS Leo's Club; $350 from the Canfield Athletic Boosters for high school baseball jerseys; $628 from the St. Christine Parish Religious Education Office to assist CHS students in paying for college in high school and AP exam fees; and a donation of enrollment cards, emergency medical cards and health clinic cards from the Canfield PTO.



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