Applause rang out on March 19. at the Canfield Board of Education meeting when superintendent Alex Geordan announced there will be no redistricting for the elementary schools in the 2014-15 school year.
''We really appreciated the conversation and the true community engagement that has taken place on redistricting our elementary schools,'' Geordan said. ''We have had several meetings thus far, and we feel that we definitely would like to take a look at this in the future. But we feel that right now with the urgency of new assessments, with the addition of all-day kindergarten, with transportation improvements and upgrades that we will have to make, to get our kids to and from school safely, and changes in curriculum, we just feel that the timing is not right. To make a move in the 14-15 school year is not the right time. The last thing we want to have done is interruption to instruction for our youngsters.''
Parents of elementary students were in attendance and gave many comments of appreciation to the board for not moving forward with redistricting this year.
''We will never make decisions like this without parental input,'' said BOE president, Lee Frey. ''We don't take things like this lightly and we are transparent in our decisions.''
In other business the board:
* Announced cameras have been installed in the middle school as well as a new buzzer system at CHS to improve school safety. Cameras are being installed in the elementary schools soon;
* Reported that CVMS raised more than $6,000 through their Spring Fest event with more than 930 people in attendance;
* Announced CHS students will no longer be offered summer physical education. The program, which has run for more than 20 years, has no one to teach the class. The board is looking at alternate ways for students to get credits towards physical education, such as participating in sports;
* Heard from Goerdan who reported the underground diesel tank needs replaced. According to Goerdan, there is no leakage at the present time, but the tank is taking on water. The current tank is 8,000 gallons and they will be looking at getting a 10,000-gallon tank to hopefully get better prices on diesel;
* And, heard an update on an indoor pitching and hitting barn that is going to be built for CHS baseball and softball students. More than $126,000 has been donated and no tax dollars will be used for the project. The groundbreaking will happen as soon as they can get a shovel in the ground. The barn will be named after the Centofanti Foundation because of their generous donations.