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Canfield schools deal with future issues

April 18, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At Monday's Board of Education meeting, recognition was given for student achievements and several groups were heard from regarding future endeavors.

The student honors started with the introduction of Aidyn Jones, who received national recognition for her charcoal drawing titled "Yellow Eyed Monster." The piece was displayed at the meeting and according to CHS art teacher Kevin Hoops, will be shipped to New York City where it will be on display at a gallery for two years.

"Aidyn and myself have also been invited to a ceremony at Carnegie Hall on June 7," Hoops said.

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Aidyn Jones was able to display her national award winning charcoal drawing titled 'Yellow Eyed Monster' which will be heading to New York City for a two-year exhibition.

Also recognized at the meeting were state qualifyers from two winter sports teams. From the wrestling team, recognition went out to freshman Ethan Fletcher, sophomores Anthony D'Alesio and Nick Crawford, junior Tyler Stien, and seniors David Rinehart, David Crawford, and Dan Kapalko. Swimmers who qualified for state and were recognized at the meeting included juniors Jason Paris and Bobby Kutsch, and seniors Cullen Brady and Kamran Sarac.

All the athletes mentioned were recognized through student resolutions for their achievements.

In regards to the athletics at CHS, Dave Crawford from the organization Canfield Strong addressed the board concerning the latest idea.

"We are considering a field house facility with an indoor running track similar to Mount Union's," he said. "We could be looking at close to $4 to 5 million to build it."

He said the idea came up when the group was considering a second floor added to the wrestling room.

'It is a big project and we could be looking at [the need for] major donors," said Superintendent Alex Geordan. "There are opportunities here."

The board also heard about the future of the PTO program. Through the PTO, parents volunteer through a national organization. The Canfield PTO will be evolving into the Canfield PTA at the end of this school year. Under the PTA, the local group will become a 501C3, board members will be bonded, and the organzation will become a stand-alone entity.

In other business, resident Frank Micchia spoke on the school safety issue. He urged the board to look at security issues and made a recommendation for improved safety for the smallest students.

"We have a resource officer at the high school and soon at the middle school," Micchia said. "We also need one at each of our elementary schools. I urge the board to do that."



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