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School Board continues to get slack from September situation

November 25, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At the Nov. 20 Canfield Board of Education meeting, a handful of parents signed up to address the board regarding the release of the official police report regarding the threats made by a middle school student back on Sept. 12.

The parents had read the recently released report and brought their concerns to the meeting. The report was completed by the Mahoning County Sheriff's Department at the request of Canfield Police Chief Chuck Colucci.

The first speaker during public presentation was Michelle Piver, who said she read the report on Facebook and "felt sad." She said the situation involved a serious lack of communication, and there was a lot of "downplaying of the situation."

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Joe Boris, father of the child that was threatened back in September, addressed the school board and superintendent during the Nov. 20 Board of Education meeting.

Second to address the board was YSU student and 2016 CHS graduate Samantha Fritz. She related being on campus for a lock-down and she hoped no student would ever have to feel threatened, but as for how the Sept. 12 situation was handled, she said, "I am ashamed at the action of the board members. It seems to be a trend to show we are this perfect community and we are not. I hoped you guys (the school board) have learned from this."

Joe Boris, father of the child who was threatened, took the floor. He walked up to the board's table and addressed Superintendent Alex Geordan and Board President Dave Wilkeson.

"We teach our children not to cheat, not to steal, and not to lie," he said. "You've done all three."

Boris then took his seat as Renee English, a teacher at the high school, addressed the board. She began to speak about how Geordan has been good for the district, but was interrupted by Boris. At that point, Wilkeson asked Boris to leave the meeting.

"I simply asked everyone to conduct themselves in a respective manner," he said in defense of having Boris removed.

Also speaking during the public portion was school board member-elect Jennifer Kluchar, who will be taking office in January. She said the district needs to move forward.

"We are here for the children first," she said. "Personal attacks are always a lose-lose situation."

Near the end of the meeting, board member Phil Bova addressed the crowd. He spoke highly of Geordan and all the improvements and advancements he brought to the district. Then he addressed the situation from the September meeting.

"I have six weeks to go [as a board member]," he said. "I am appalled at what has happened [at the September board meeting], when a police chief and officers come to a school board meeting to incite a riot. I was afraid for my life. The relationship between the school district and the police is terrible. We just can't work together."

In other business:

The board approved the following out-of-state trips: the Bowling Team to Hermitage, Pennsylvania. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 11 for a match; and the Canfield Speech and Debate Team to Bethel Park, Pennsylvania., and Bridgeville, Pennsylvania., on Feb. 7 and 8 for a tournament, and to Wooster on March 5-7, 2020 for a tournament.

The board was informed about a move to MP2 Energy Company with a two year contract at a rate of .0436, compared to First Energy at .0518. The move could save the district $4,000 over the contract.



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