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School board discusses 2017-18 year

January 12, 2017
By J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The 2017-18 school calendar was a topic of interest at the Jan. 9 Canfield Board of Education meeting.

Though the school year initially appeared to be shorter than 2016-17, Canfield Local School superintendent Alex Geordan said it shows more hours rather than days.

Geordan said for 2017-18, students will report Aug. 28 and 29 and then will be off for the Canfield Fair, returning after Labor Day. He said the same schedule worked well this school year, by having students come in two days and get their books and materials together, get schedules set, and get other preparations out of the way. When they returned after the fair, they were ready to begin class.

For the next school year this fall, the calendar has students coming in Aug. 28 and 29, the Monday and Tuesday of fair week, and then they are off Wednesday and return after Labor Day.

"After Labor Day, they will have full instruction days right up to Thanksgiving week," Geordan said. "The students will then be off the entire week of Thanksgiving. We think that will be well received."

He said the school year will wrap up before Memorial Day and commencement will be held 8 p.m. June 1 under the stars in the stadium.

A concern was expressed over the number of calamity days with what appeared to be a shorter schedule. According to Geordan, the next school year will be measured by hours instead of days. The new schedule was developed in such a way as to increase the valuable instruction time and meet the new guidelines.

"This is our first year going by hours," he told board members. "We will actually have 15 days more of instruction than we had in the past. That will help with our snow days."

He said the state is moving to snow hours this year. With Canfield's new schedule and the additional hours, the district can use more calamity days without having to make them up at the end of the year.

The other breaks for 2017-18 will be Dec. 22 t0 Jan. 1, and spring break will be March 30-April 8, 2018.

Geordan added that the state testing has not been placed on the calendar yet since the state has not yet determined those dates.

The school board was recognized at the meeting and were presented with certificates of appreciate. Geordan said January is School Board Recognition Month and he read a letter from Gov. John Kasich's office regarding the recognition.

"As far as our school board here in Canfield goes, I can honestly say you are all for the children," he said.

On a different matter, newly elected board President Phil Bova mentioned the donations received for the past month. Donations of $30 for the CHS Cardinal Connection were accepted from Sherry and Ralph Creighton, $50 was accepted from Christopher and Deon Vrabel for Hilltop Elementary School art supplies, and $3,980 was accepted from The Junior Taekwondo School for C.H. Campbell Elementary School.

"Over the past three years, we have received close to a half million dollars in donations from the community," Bova said.

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