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Hockey tops Board of Education's agenda

April 29, 2014
By Melissa Moliterno - Town Crier Correspondent , The Town Crier

Hockey was the big topic at the Canfield Board of Education meeting held April 16.

Michael Guerrieri, Canfield hockey boosters vice president and John Clendenin, Canfield hockey boosters president asked board members for possible funding for their busing to and from away games as well as payment for the head coach.

Canfield hockey has been around 14 years and has been part of the Ohio Athletic Association for 10 years. Guerrieri said that hockey is unique to the area and it has families playing for them that have moved to Canfield just for the program. Canfield hockey is part of the Greater Cleveland Hockey League and plays teams from that area since there are no other local hockey teams.

According to booster officials, it cost students between $850 and $950 to play each season. The problem that the hockey program is running into is the added expense of ice time. Last year it cost $275 an hour to rent the rink and the price this year has gone up to $325 an hour. That would cut practice time from 90 hours down to 60 for the year if they can't get additional funding, officials said.

The team has worked hard doing fundraising for part of their expenses as well as becoming more involved in the community to get support. The board said they will have to consider the request and will let the team know as soon as possible about their decision.

In other business the board:

* Approved the drama department's request to start a fundraising campaign to help pay for a new sound system and reflective curtain for the band in the CHS auditorium. The old system is more than 20 years old and has been having problems during events and productions. The new system and curtain will be about $30,000.

* Accepted the resignation was accepted of Traci Hostetler, CVMS principle effective April 21. Superintendent, Alex Geordan said, ''It will take a lot to find a replacement for her.''

* Announced that Intra-District open enrollment applications are now being accepted. This means that if for some reason within the school district it would work out for a child to go to a different building, an application can get approved. It mainly affects the two elementary buildings in the district. Geordan said the district is currently in negotiations with the Educational Service Center to start having preschool in the Canfield school buildings. This would be a first for Canfield.

* Announced that Multimedia Farms LLC. was the low bidder to install a new LED scoreboard for the CHS football field. More information on the scoreboard will be announced soon.



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