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BOE pleased with third grade reading test scores

June 26, 2014
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the June 18 meeting of the Canfield Board of Education, Superintendent Alex Geordan reported good results from the third grade reading test.

''All of our third graders met the requirements and passed the reading test,'' he said. ''They will all move on to the fourth grade this fall.''

He said it was something the district could be proud of.

The board also heard a recent update on the district's five-year forecast. Treasurer Pattie Kesner said the passage of the school levy helped put the district back on track.

''The district looks very healthy for the next five years,'' she said.

She also mentioned the capital improvement funds were healthy as well. She said roughly $550,000 a year is allocated for capital improvement. Some of that is being put to use over the summer as driveway patching and ceiling work is going on in the district.

On a different matter, Geordan mentioned the school calendar was being finalized and included just one waiver day for the coming school year. He told board members it is more important for the kids to be in class.

''Our waiver day will be Dec. 1 for in-service,'' he said. ''We are striving for spending less time on staff and more time for our students to be on task.''

In other business:

* Resolutions were read to honor spring sports teams that included the boys tennis team, girls high school softball team, and the high school boys baseball team.

* Contracts were approved for John Tullio as Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Mike Moldovan as high school principal, and Michael Flood as middle school assistant principal. All three contracts were for a three-year period.

* The board approved the hiring of the following personnel: at C.H. Campbell, Cara Diana to kindergarten teacher, Kristin Hartshorn to third-grade teacher, and Kelley Manning to Title I tutor; at Hilltop Elementary, Meaghan Manning and MacKenzie Thomas to kindergarten teacher, and Cindy Bova to Title I tutor. Diana and Manning were also approved as Success by Six tutors.

* The board approved Gail DeMailo to move from part-time special services aide at Hilltop to full-time special services aide at a building yet to be determined according to need.

* Substitute bus drivers Tammy Kendeigh and Christine Sorley were approved.

* The board accepted the resignation of Hilltop first-grade teacher Joan McElroy and Hilltop kindergarten aide Diane Hido.

* Field trips were approved for the varsity volleyball team to travel to Tiffin University in July for a camp, and the girls' middle school basketball team to travel to Sherrodsville in July for a basketball camp.

* The board approved a five percent increase in medical insurance premiums.

* The contract for services with the Mahoning County Education Service Center was approved for a cost of $797,759.



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