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Board of Education has full agenda for start of new year

January 30, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The Board of Education heard on a lot of different updates at Jan. 22 board meeting, starting off with a repeat visit from Diamondbacker's spokesman, Mark Luchansky.

He gave an update on the proposed new sports barn at Canfield High School that would allow for year-round practice and conditioning.

"The goal was to raise $100,000 to do the project," Luchansky said. "As of today, we have $121,000 in donations and in-kind services."

He said the next step will be to hire an architect, and in the meantime, he asked for the board to approve the boosters to construct the building. After it is built it will be turned over to the school district.

"The main thing is the fact no tax dollars, at all, are going towards this project," said Superintendent Alex Geordan.

The next update involved the school bus order. Geordan said the intent after the levy passed in November was to order five new buses to replace some of the aging fleet. One bus was ordered and received, but it was later discovered that the order for the remaining four buses was never placed.

"We now have the order in for five new buses at a cost of $85,751 each," Geordan said.

He said what would have been a mistake actually saved the district money. When the order was finally placed, the district found out some of the add-ons weren't needed, thus saving money. It allowed for the ordering of five, and one of those will be handicapped accessible.

Geordan also updated the board on the security measures that were taken care of over the holiday break. He said security cameras were installed at the high school, and the same will soon be completed at the elementary buildings.

"We want cameras and buzzers at all our buildings," he said.

Geordan also gave an update on calamity days. He said this school year is the last year Ohio will go by calamity days. Next school year, 2014-15, the state will move to hours.

He said for the remaining months of this school year, two-hour delays are not counted against the district. Next school year they will be. However, the school calendar will have extra hours built in so the school year would not have to be extended.

In other business:

* Geordan issued school board members a special resolution in appreciation of all they do. Geordan noted January is school board appreciation month.

Hilltop Principal Joe Maroni commended the custodians for their efforts to keep the building warm during the cold blast. He said four of the seven roof-mounted heating units went out during the freezing weather. The custodians worked in 15-minute shifts to go on the school's roof and get the units back up and running.

* The board approved the hiring of Dolores Sullivan as van aide and Bruce Ware as Hilltop head custodian. Also approved were the following licensed substitutes: Holly Cahill, Jared Ebie, Jennifer Kopanic, Marilyn Mehit, Kailyn Mowery, Debra Schell, Meghan Shively, Joshua Smith, Jessica Stacy, Crystal Stanton and Chelsea Tritschler.

* The board approved the treasurer to serve a designee to receive required public records training.

* Approval was given for fifth-graders to attend Camp Fitch in New Springfield, Pa., June 2-4.

Donations of $12,268.95 were accepted. Geordan pointed out that over one-third of that amount came from box tops for education.



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