Improvements and new looks were presented at the Canfield Board of Education meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 21 as the board prepares for the start of a new school year after the Canfield Fair.
On the new looks side is the 2013-14 high school parking tag. This year it will have a new look with the logo "Stay Alive, Don't Text and Drive." CHS Principal John Tullio presented the sticker, which was one sided.
"We have ordered the don't text and drive decals for the blank side that will face the driver," he said.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Richard Duffett and Nancy Dove from the Canfield High School Alumni Association presented a check to Superintendent Alex Geordan to be used for CHS sports boosters and clubs. The $11,000 came from proceeds of the Till Open golf outing the association has made into an annual event.
As for transportation, business manager Rich Archer said the bus inspection was complete and every bus passed. He praised the maintenance staff for all the work they did over the summer to get the buses in near-perfect shape.
"It takes $17,000 to renovate a bus," Archer said. "That is a lot cheaper than the $85,000 cost of a new bus."
Archer also gave updates on a lot of construction happening at the schools this month. He said the concession stand at the high school will soon be ready for use. The stand will have extended roof overhangs on each side to house picnic tables. It was built thanks to a $60,000 donation from the Gridiron Club.
At the middle school, construction continues on two paving projects. The first is the expansion of the school parking lot near Lisbon Street and City Hall. A former grass triangle was dug out with the intent of creating additional parking spaces.
"Once the job was under way, the crew ran into some major concerns with the soil," Archer said. "The property contained a lot of back fill, including cow bones and old alcohol bottles."
He said the original plan called for excavating 18 inches down, but when the landfill was discovered, crews had to dig down 30 inches to remove it. The project continued last week and was expected to be done in time for school.
The second project at the middle school football field includes a new paved drop-off road on the south end. More soil problems were discovered there and were taken care of. He said that project may continue into the second week of September.
Both the parking lot and new drop-off road are being completed with permanent improvement funds. Archer said no general fund money is being used.
In other business:
Superintendent Alex Geordan reported the levy committee held their first meeting and will be scheduling more during September.
Legislative liaison Adrianne Strum reported that beginning this school year, public schools will be required to permit homeschooled kids to participate in sports and other after-school activities. She said things like band that have a course credit or classroom work would be exempt.
Several members of the Canfield High School Alumni Association presented a check for $11,000 to the school board to be used to help booster groups and clubs in the high school. The funds were the proceeds from the annual Till Open golf outing, hosted by the alumni group.
The board approved the following hires for the coming school year: Christine Davis to Village Middle as a special needs tutor, Kristin Morgione to CVMS as grade six intervention specialist, Heather McMasters to CVMS as a tutor, Kayleigh Gabriel and Emily Earnhart to substitute teachers, and Jacci Duda to CVMS special services aide.
Approval was given for the following band paraprofessionals with their wages to be reimbursed by the Band Boosters: Kay Williams for choral music, and for band, Mike Carden, Al Colella, Dave Drevna, Don Stimple, Kim Russell, Kathy Dick, and Rich Rollo.
Gymsters was approved for adapted physical education classes at $40 per class.
Field trips were approved for the Canfield speech and debate team to travel to Sylvania on Jan. 9, 2014 and to Wooster on Feb. 27, 2014 for tournaments.