Several members of the Canfield High School's Junior Engineering Technology Society FIRST Robotics team attended the March 20 Board of Education meeting to showcase their achievements. They showed off the trophy they earned the prior week at a FIRST Robotics competition in Pittsburgh.
"Considering it was the first year [in FIRST Robotics competition], the Canfield robot and handlers were remarkable when compared to others who have been in the program for up to 12 years," said Don Crum, JETS advisor and tech teacher at Canfield.
He said unlike past competitions that featured robots assembled from kits, this year's FIRST Robotics entry had to be constructed, often through fabricated parts, to make the plans work. In essence, the students themselves design and build their own robot designed to perform certain tasks.
Crum said at the end of the Pittsburgh competition, Canfield placed 14th out of 45 teams. The team was also named All Star Rookie Team of the event. The finish also earned the Canfield team an invitation to enter the nationals to be held on April 24-27 in St. Louis.
"We currently looking for donations and financial support to be able to go to nationals," Crum said.
The approval for the team to travel to the nationals was not on the agenda and Superintendent Alex Geordan said it would appear on the April agenda if the team can raise the funds to go.
"They will need to raise $10,000 to go to nationals," said board member Phil Bova.
Also mentioned at the board meeting were 50 resolutions honoring members of the swim team, basketball teams, speech team and bowling team state champs.
On security updates, business manager Rich Archer said he has been working with the Canfield Police Department and S.O.S. security company to complete the installation of the new emergency buttons in the districts school buildings. He said there will be five at the middle school, four at the high school and two at each elementary school building.
The new emergency devices are a one-button remote controller that will be given to key administrative personnel in each school building. The buttons are strictly for severe emergencies.
"A three-second push will bring emergency forces within 30 seconds," Archer said.
He said it would bring police with their guns drawn, thus the reason they are only for use in extreme circumstances.
The buttons also are coded to the person it is assigned to. When the button is depressed, it will send a text message to police on who pushed it. Archer said the buttons have all been tested and work well.
He said while tight security at all the buildings are an ongoing mission, these buttons are just one more tool to keep the staff and kids safe during the school day.
In other business:
The board approved three-year contracts for administrators Travis Lowry, Joe Maroni, John Tullio, and non-licensed administrators Greg Cooper, Richard Hammond and Dan Richards. The contracts will be at the current salaries with no raises over the life of the contracts.
Resignations were accepted for David Izzo, CVMS computer teacher, and Yvonne Moore, CVMS grade six teacher.
The board approved the hiring of Donna Bowman as a bus driver.
The board approved a resolution accepting the Canfield Volleyball Boosters to the approved list of parent/district support organizations.
Donations were accepted as follows: Cornersburg Italian Specialties for $40 and Laurie and David Moore for $300 to go towards the JETS Club; Girl Scout Troop 80420 for $206.24 towards the Hilltop Library; Bank of America Charitable Foundation (William Miner for Mark Heagerty) for $250 to go towards the girls basketball program; and Peggy Smith's donation of a HP laser jet printer.