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The Suburbanite
  • Allison hired as Canton Schools assistant superindendent

  • he City Schools Board of Education approved a number of administrative changes Monday night, including the naming of Adrian Allison as its new assistant superintendent.

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  • The City Schools Board of Education approved a number of administrative changes Monday night, including the naming of Adrian Allison as its new assistant superintendent.
    Allison, a 1990 McKinley High School graduate, returns to Canton after serving as an associate superintendent with the Ohio Department of Education. Before that, he was Canton City Schools’ director of school improvement.
    “Needless to say, there is unfinished business here. I’m glad to be back,” he told the board.
    He said the state will implement major policy changes in 2013-14, and he welcomes the opportunity to help his community rise to those challenges.
    Joining Allison on the administrative team will be his wife, Krista Allison, as director of pupil services. She is executive director for the Office for School Health and Wellness at ODE.
    She is a 1990 graduate of Perry High School and told the board she is thankful to be coming back to Stark County where the couple’s families live. Both accepted one-year contracts.
    Board President Richard Milligan called the administrative team assembled by Superintendent Chris Smith “an all-star lineup” of leaders.
    Other appointments to the team are Brian Wycuff as curriculum director, filling the vacancy left by Smith when he became superintendent earlier this year.
    He told the board that he guarantees every third-grader will be reading at grade level within three years, but that they are hoping to hit 100 percent by next year.
    McKinley principal Dee Stokes-Davis was named director of state and federal programs. Assistant Principal Chet Lenartowicz will step into her position at McKinley.
    Stokes-Davis called the promotion a “monumental step” for her and thanked Smith for his confidence that she can fill Marcia Cussen’s shoes. Cussen is retiring as chief of teaching and learning.
    Also announcing his retirement was Lynn Wafler, director of physical activities/facilities.
    In other business, Treasurer Jeff Gruber presented the district’s five-year financial forecast, about which Milligan said he had “grave concerns.”
    Due, in part, to the end of federal stimulus dollars and declining property values, Gruber predicts expenditures will exceed revenue by $10 million in 2014, but said that because the state does not have a funding model in place and his predictions are based on estimates, it is all subject to change.