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Board honors student achievements

April 25, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

It was a packed house at the Wednesday, April 17 Canfield Board of Education meeting as the board issued resolutions honoring recent student achievements. Among those honored were the spelling bee champ, bowling team and two members of the speech team.

The speech team members included Nathan Pecchia, who was named state champion in drama at the Ohio High School Speech League. Joining him was Andrik Massaro, who was state champion in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Max Lee was recognized for being named champion of the 80th Regional Spelling Bee.

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Nathan Pecchia and Andrik Massaro were recognized by Superintendent Alex Geordan and the Canfield Board of Education on Wednesday, April 17 for winning the state speech championships in their respective categories. Pecchia was named state champion in drama and Massaro was state champion in Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

Also in attendance were members of the state championship CHS bowling team. Team members included Mike Dercoli, Andrew Jarvis, Anthony Bettile, D.J. Cospy, Paul Harris, Tyler Frklech, Austin Leonard, Ben Shoman, Pete Bryne, and Andrew Letscher.

Bowling team mom and supporter Sarah Letscher said, "They had to beat 308 other Ohio high school teams and now they are No. 1 in the state."

Following the presentation of the resolutions, the board went into regular business which began with a public input session regarding the re-employment of Bob Alleman, CVMS grade 8 teacher; Don George, CHS media specialist; and Ronie Haurin, C.H. Campbell physical education teacher.

In other business:

The board approved the hiring of licensed substitutes Matthew Kalbfell and Tina Hoover.

The board accepted the resignation of Cathy Mowry, Hilltop principal, and Susan Henderon, Hilltop librarian, effective Aug. 27.

Superintendent Alex Geordan announced the district would again participate in intra-district open enrollment. He said this involved the two elementary schools where students could apply to attend the school they weren't assigned to. He said it wasn't a guaranteed transfer, but each application would be considered. He reminded those present that intra-district open enrollment was only for students within the district, and not for those outside Canfield School District's borders.

The board approved out-of-state field trips for the speech and debate team to travel to Philadelphia in May and Birmingham, Ala., in June to compete in national tournaments. Also approved was a trip for the CHS girls golf team to travel to Pickerington, Ohio, in August to take part in the Pickerington Invitational. All trips were dependent on transportation and lodging provided by an outside organization.

The new vision statement, mission statement, beliefs and goals were read and approved. Geordan said it was a 46-member committee that put them together.

Business manager Rich Archer reported the district has passed the half-million-dollar mark in energy conservation savings. "Not many schools have reached that," he told board members.



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