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Schools recognized for toy collection

February 20, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Feb. 12 Canfield Board of Education meeting, a special presentation was made by the Marine Corps League, Tri-State Detachment 494. The organization wanted to recognize the efforts of the four Canfield school buildings that helped with the annual Toys for Tots drive.

"This year we had a donation of 28,980 toys and $48,548 in cash donations," said retired Marine Bruce Kirkland of Canfield. "This was the first year we were permitted to put collection boxes at Canfield school buildings. Having the kids learn to give is a good thing."

He said all the toys are kept in the tri-state area and are given to less fortunate children. The cash donations are used to buy more toys and bicycles.

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A special presentation was made at the Feb. 12 Canfield Board of Education meeting with Tri-State Marine Corps League representative Bruce Kirkland giving plaques to Board President Lee Frey and all the building principals. Kirkland is pictured here with Hilltop Principal Joe Maroni and C.H. Campbell Principal Travis Lavery.

To honor the effort the schools put forth, Kirkland presented framed plaques that thanked the schools for being part of this year's donations. Each principal was presented with a plaque for their building, and one additional one was given to Board President Lee Frey to be placed at the board office.

Under public comments, the discussion turned to rumors of combining the students in the two elementary buildings. Several parents were present and wanted to know if the rumors were true.

"We are in the initial steps of gathering information," said Superintendent Alex Geordan. "There has been no decision made one way or the other."

He said it is being looked at, but there are no plans to move to specific grades at specific buildings. He said a move like that would not be made unless it benefited the children. He did say there would be two open forums at the end of the month so parents can have input. Most of the concern was over "losing neighborhood schools."

On a different matter, Tom Ferguson from the Canfield Lacrosse Club Team requested field access at the high school to possibly schedule five home games for the upcoming season. He said the team is in its second year as a club team and the hope is the sport could become a high school sport in the near future.

Ferguson said last year the team had 25 students on it, and this year he is expecting around 35. It was suggested at looking into a youth league and a girls team.

Frey told Ferguson he could set up a table at the upcoming eighth grade orientation night to let incoming freshmen know about the sport.

In other business:

* The board approved the hiring of Jeff Mentzer and Matt Stevens as sound and lighting technicians for work being funded by an outside source.

* Staff approved for hiring included licensed substitute Ladonna Ambrosia-Horton, classified substitutes Alan Coy and Rebecca Megown, afternoon custodian Charles Millison, and on-board bus driver training instructor Donna Bowman, who was under a rate correction.

* Goerdan mentioned a partnership with the city to obtain a grant to install sidewalks around C.H. Campbell and Hilltop elementary schools under the Safe Routes to School program from the Ohio Department of Transportation. The grant would be 100 percent and could go as high as $400,000.

* Approval was given to designate Home Savings as the public depository through August 2016.

* A resolution was adopted to provide for the issuance and sale of acquisition bonds allowing the district to pay for new buses over a three-year period at 2.1 percent interest.

* Donations were accepted totaling $5,624.01.

* Approval was given for the Success by Six summer program to be funded by the United Way.



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