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The Suburbanite
  • Canton City Board of Education meeting for Jan. 13

  • The Canton City school board approved the district's calendar for the 2014-2015 school year Monday. Students will begin school Aug. 20, and will have a two-week winter break. Their last day of school will be May 27.
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  • Canton City Board of Education
    MONDAY MEETING
    KEY ACTION Approved the district's calendar for the 2014-2015 school year.
    DISCUSSION Students will begin school on Aug. 20, and will have a two-week winter break. Their last day of school will be May 27, 2015.
    OTHER ACTION
    • Chose Lisa Gissendaner as board president and Ryan Brahler as vice president.
    • Heard from parents of Crenshaw Middle School students who said they believe a school administrator should be held accountable for what they consider were degrading and bullying comments she made to students in October. Kelly Harris, whose son is a sixth grader at Crenshaw, said the administrator brought in a dog to do a demonstration for the students during the school's lunch time and made comments that students perceived as offensive. Harris said the administrator told the students that the dog was smarter than them. Superintendent Adrian Allison said the demonstration was meant to be for entertainment purposes and not meant to be offensive. He apologized on behalf of the school district and said the administrator was instructed to apologize to each of the offended students and parents and then was to visit each classroom to address their concerns. Two school board members indicated that they were satisfied with the superintendent's remedy of the situation. Harris, as well as other parents, were not satisfied.
    • Approved a three-year agreement with Rea & Associates of New Philadelphia to audit the district's Medicaid School Program cost reports, which is required by the state. The firm will be paid $2,025 for the fiscal year 2013 report, $2,050 for the 2014 report and $2,075 for the 2015 report. Treasurer Jeff Gruber said the cost is a $25 increase over the firm's existing agreement with the district.
    • Rescinded the approval it gave in December for the transfer of $300,000 from the district's athletic fund to its debt service account. Gruber said the company auditing the district's finances this year found that the athletic fund had overpaid the debt service account by $230,000 over the years, making the December transfer unnecessary. Gruber said the board first authorized the yearly transfer from the athletic account in 2005, but he did not know the rationale behind the board's decision to authorize the transfer.
    UP NEXT Meets at 6 p.m. at Feb. 10 at the STEAMM Academy at Hartford Middle School at 1824 Third St. SE.