NORTH CANTON  During the regular meeting on March 21, the North Canton City Schools Board of Education approved several administrative contracts.

The following administrators were approved for three-year contracts through July 31, 2021:

Matthew Donaldson, principal Northwood; Matthew Ile, principal, Clearmount; Renee Manse, principal, Orchard Hill; David Eby, principal, North Canton Middle School; Darlene Howald, associate principal, North Canton Middle School; Eric Bornstine principal, Hoover High School; Henry Householder, associate principal, Hoover High School; Tom Oakes, Associate principal, Hoover High School; Tricia Schreffler, assistant treasurer; Todd Henne, director of business; John Welch, director of special services; Michelle Hostetler, director of instruction; Tim Walker, athletic director; and Janice Williams, director of food services.

The resolution passed by a vote of 4-1. Board member Jessica Stroia voted no because she wanted the board to be confident in the district’s budget especially with a levy on the ballot in May.

"We have the same number of students every year and we have the different buildings where we need building principals, we are already thin when it comes to staffing," Superintendent Jeff Wendorf said.

He also said the board has the ability to eliminate a position if cuts are needed in the future.

OTHER ACTIONS:

- Heard from parents that they were disappointed in learning that the varsity hockey program had been cancelled. Wendorf said talk of ending the program has been going on since last summer. He said the school waited until the season was over before informing the coach and the players in order to maintain the integrity of the season.

- Heard from Wendorf about safety and security activities taking place at the district. Wendorf said the district has been having practice drills on lock down, the district is looking at a lot of different ideas for continual improvement, are reviewing and updating safety and security processes and plans and that there are several things in the planning stages to address mental health and school safety issues.

- Approved three people for Summer School Principal stipends including Henry Householder, Tom Oakes and Robert White, each will receive a third of the summer stipend.

- Heard a Character Counts presentation for participants in the St. Baldrick’s event on March 11 per the following: Wendorf; Ile; David Russ, teacher at Clearmount; Craig Stutzman, teacher at Orchard Hill; and David Burtscher, teacher at Hoover High Schoool

Students from Orchard Hill: Team Captain Nolan Cornell, Carys Eynon, Henry Paz, Logan Hoover, Henry Gaskell, Ethan Dahler, Luke Murphy, Jackson Gaskett, Matthew Indorf, Abigail Daugherty-Phillips, Chord Martin, Wyatt Mott, and Reagan Corr Students from Clearmount:  Liam Murphy, Cody Wells, and Benjamin Gaskill. Student from Greentown: Parker Seeman

- Heard a presentation from the Friends of the Little Art Gallery who donated $1,200 to North Canton City Schools’ arts programs and $200 to the Ty Palmer Scholarship fund. 

- Approved a contract with the Canton Memorial Civic Center for $3,500 to hold the 2018 graduation ceremony scheduled for 2 p.m., June 3. The contract includes use of the facility the day of graduation and the practice events the night before. 

- Approved purchasing four new buses from Cardinal Bus Sales and Service Inc. at a cost of $351,460 from the Permanent Improvement Levy funds.

- Accepted a $150,000 donation from The Hoover Foundation for renovations and additions at Memorial Stadium.

- Approved two overnight trips at no cost to the board including:  Tom Wilson, video production teacher and four Hoover High School students to participate in Global Leadership Project in Columbus and Missy Stertzbach and Griffin Allman, speech and debate advisor and three Hoover students to participate in National Speech and Debate in Ft. Lauderdale Fl.

- Approved an out-of-state convention for Tom Wilson, video productions teacher, to attend the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas at no cost to the board.

- Approved an out-of-state workshop for Glenn Cummings, AP government teacher, to attend the AP Government Summer Institute in McDonald, PA with all expenses from the AP account.

- Went into executive session to discuss security matters with no action taken.

UP NEXT: Meets 6:00 April 18 in the media room at Hoover High School.