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Board offers promises to levy committee

October 28, 2013
By J.T. Whitehouse , Town Crier

The Canfield Board of Education passed a motion at last week's meeting that will commit the board to the promises they have made should the 5.9 mill levy pass next month. The commitment was requested by the levy committee after holding several community meetings.

Leo Daprile, levy committee chairman said the community "Coffee with Leo and Alex" events have been very successful.

"We launched the gatherings [two weeks ago]," he told board members. "We held a couple events and they have been very positive. We are getting a lot of positive feedback and have eight more planned with 10 more in the making."

He told the board members that one question that has surfaced many times involves the board keeping their promise once the levy passes. The board has unofficially stated the levy passage would allow the restoration of busing and all-day kindergarten, elimination of pay-to-play, expanded course offerings, and improved security and technology.

"By passing a motion to commit to these things, it will helps us with our community discussions," Daprile said.

After a brief discussion, the board approved the motion 4-0. Board member Lee Frey said, "This holds our feet to the fire."

On a different matter, the board approved advertising for up to five new school buses and a new Candfield High School stadium scoreboard.

"Our old scoreboard has finally bit the dust," said business manager Rich Archer.

Archer was asked about having a sponsor like Coke provide a new board. He said companies like Coke are limited as to what they can offer a school district, but they have signed a contract with Canfield schools that will provide $3,000 towards scholarships.

"We are a Coca Cola school district," Archer said. "All our booster clubs need to know that and purchase Coke products."

In other business:

The board recognized high school students Arjun Subramanyam, William Brown, Adam Weiss, and Kevin Min for being commended in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. The four students were among 34,000 nationwide who were recognized for their exceptional academic promise and being among the nation's top five percent of the 1.5 million who entered the 2014 competition by taking the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.

The board approved the hiring of Donna Bowman as an on-board instructor for training bus drivers. Also approved for hiring were licensed substitutes Christie Amedia, Heather Eich, Ken Kuzior, Richard Mauch, Justin May, classified substitutes Leanne Douglass, Maria Householder, and Robert Scheetz, van driver Karen Bouch, and van aide Amy Wittman.

Approval was given for the Canfield High School baseball team to travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., in April to participate in a baseball tournament provided transportation and lodging are provided by an outside source.



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