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Schools 'need' 5.9-mill levy

August 7, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

During an Aug. 1 special meeting, the Canfield Board of Education held the second reading of a resolution to place a 5.9-mill levy before voters in November. The amount was the recommendation of the Community Finance Committee that was formed earlier this year.

"This is not a want, this is a need," said Superintendent Alex Geordan at the meeting.

He said the levy was needed to meet the current bills and help provide for the technology improvements that have long been needed.

One thing the board did want to get out is the new concession stand at the high school. The stand is being built by the Gridiron Boosters Club and the board agreed they needed to place a sign at Cardinal Stadium saying that. Business manager Rich Archer said absolutely no funds are coming from public money.

Archer presented plans for the new stand, which will include pavilion-like wings on each side with four 12-foot tables under each.

One concern from board member Lee Frey was the utilities at the stadium. He mentioned the drain on electric and referred to when he was athletic director and the stadium lights blew out.

Board member Phil Bova agreed and asked, "Is there a schematic of the utilities?"

Archer said the contractor told him a schematic would be given to the school once the project was done.

"I am pleased at the way the contractor is going to make everything come together," he said. "They already have the permits in place and are working with the county. It will be a great improvement."

Archer also mentioned the new drive-around road at CVMS that was set to begin construction on Aug. 2. On Aug. 1, the contractor staked out the area in preparation.

The board also approved the hiring of Kathleen Palumbo as the 10-month secretary at Hilltop Elementary. Archer said there were 16 that applied and that group was narrowed down to four.

"We felt that Kathleen could do a great job for us," Archer said.

Also hired at the meeting were Michael Fay to CHS band assistant; Beth Ripple to C.H. Campbell Title I tutor; licensed substitutes Larry Fontanarosa, Jason Ray, and Michael Maietta, and classified substitute Cheryl Vaclav.



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