NORTH CANTON  During the regular December meeting, North Canton City Schools Superintendent Jeff Wendorf and the Board of Education held a work session where they explained the findings of a recently formed Independent Financial Advisory Committee.

Wendorf said the committee was formed to provide the district with input after the defeat of Issue 44 in November. The committee met twice since forming to review the district’s finances and make recommendations for the future.

The committee came up with the following recommendations: The district should place a property tax for less than 7 mills on a future ballot. The committee also recommended postponing the facilities project.

Wendorf told residents attending the work session that the district is planning on $1 million in cuts for the 2018-19 school year. He said that if the proposed levy doesn’t pass, the district will have to make $2 million in reductions.

"We will be looking at four areas for reductions including athletics where we’ll consider the implementation of pay to participate and reduce travel costs," Wendorf said. "We’ll also look at transportation and consider ending busing for grades 9-12 and extending the non-busing zone for grades K-5. We’ll also look at using cluster stops versus curb stops. The district will have to evaluate and review every program in the district to determine where reductions can be made. Lastly, a reduction in staff will be considered."

He said the district will try to reduce staff through attrition versus layoffs. The district has already identified approximately $275,000 in staffing cuts for the 2018-19 school year.

Wendorf said the district will ask the board at the January regular meeting to approve putting a property tax levy on the May ballot.

Members of the Independent Financial Advisory Committee included David Cochenour, Steve Gregory, Larry Hoover, Dave Johnson Sr., Tiffany Kinnard-Payton, Jeff Peters, Darryl Revoldt, Matt Stroia, Cassie and Matt Tucker and Scott Warburton.

OTHER ACTIONS:

- Set 6 p.m. Jan. 4 for the annual organizational meeting with the regular meeting immediately following.

- The board also appointed Jordan Greenwald as President Pro-Tempore for the annual organizational meeting.

- Accepted the resignation of English teacher Jeff Couto, effective June 2, 2018.

- Approved the 2018-19 school calendar.

- Approved two out-of-state field trips, including biology teacher Sarah Covington and chemistry teacher Steve Wood and 27 students to travel to Andros Island, Bahamas, and North Canton Middle School eighth grade students for a trip to Washington D.C., (at no cost to the Board) in November, 2018.

- Authorized one overnight trip for Missy Stertzbach, Jim Kellams and Griffin Allman who are speech and debate coaches and 33 students to participate in the Sylvania Speech & Debate Invitational in Sylvania with no cost to the board.

- Approved a contract with the North Canton YMCA for the use of the large and small swimming pools at $46 per hour for swim team hours for the Hoover swim and diving team.

- Accepted a $1,500 donation to Clearmount Elementary School from the PTO for discretionary use on special projects.

- Accepted a donation of a clarinet and trombone for the Hoover High School Music Department from Rita Hissner.

- Wendorf thanked the outgoing board members, Julie Cross, Bruce Hunt and Dr. Nancy E. Marion, for their service.

UP NEXT: Meets 6:00 p.m. Jan. 4 in the media room at Hoover High School.