The Canfield Board of Education honored licensed retiree Lesley Butler at the recent meeting. Butler put in over 30 years of teaching at Canfield High School and handled the ninth grade honors class.
''I moved to Canfield 37 years ago,'' she said. ''I drove by the high school that year and said I wanted to work here.''
She did just that and was hired as a licensed teacher. Over the years, she brought a special knack to her classroom. She knew how to keep students interested in class, according to CHS principal John Tullio.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Licensed teacher Leslie Butler was presented with recognition and a gift at a recent Canfield Board of Education meeting for her many years of service to the district. She has taken retirement after over 30 years of teaching at the high school. In the background are Superintendent Alex Geordan and board members Lee Frey and Nancy Lacich.
''In the seven years I have been at CHS, Leslie has never sent a student to the office for discipline,'' he said. ''And the students always enjoyed her class.''
Superintendent Alex Geordan said Butler was the kind of teacher who knew how to deal with the student's problems.
Turning from staff to students, board member Barry Tancer read a proclamation honoring members of the CHS speech and debate team, including Gary Zamary for placing third in the state, and Stephen Gant and Malek Saleh for placing in the top eight in the state.
Placing in the top 12 at state were Megan Factor, Mia Battaglia, Richie Abel and Angela Pupino. Placing in the top 18 was Jonathan Palermo.
Placing in the top 24 at state were Lennon Sackela, Emily Damelio, Arjun Subramanyam, Cameron Maras, Alec Kan, Lindsay Stevens, Samantha Armstrong, Richie Jenkins, Zack Davison and Bisshoy Anwar.
Qualifying for state and nationals were Julie Gemmel, Rayann Atway, Kareem Soliman, Will Brown, Michael Stefanick and Dominique Favre. Qualifying for state were Christopher Halley, Paige Brucoli, Jack Cross, Samantha Fritz, Isaiah McInnis-Colon, Rosie Bresson, Sara Lytle, Erik Svensson, Lindsay Heldreth, Kevin Min, Billy Quirk, Maria Stratis and Jacob Duda.
In other action:
* The board approved Craig Olson as the Ohio School Board Association annual business meeting representative and Tancer as the alternate.
* Approval was given for the negotiated agreement between the board and Ohio Association of Public School Employees beginning July 1, 2014, through June 30, 2017.
* Geordan reported the new phone system in the weight room at CHS was up and running.
* The board accepted the following donations: $9,300 from Canfield PTO for new gym curtains at C.H. Campbell; $1,000 from the CHS Speech and Debate Boosters and $300 from Mark Brown for the national tournament fund; $2,500 from the Canfield Gridiron Club for CHS cheerleading uniforms; $1,000 from Bob and Chuck Eddy Fiat for a CHS scholarship; picture frames and art supplies from Adrianne Sturm; and 8 by 10 photos from Robert Senn Studio. Also accepted were donations for the CHS auditorium sound system as follows: $2,500 from Bob and Chuck Eddy Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, $250 from Rebecca Heikkinen, $50 from Abby and James Barone, and $17 from Joanna Bosnjak's Prime Time.