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Canfield Schools levy request

CANFIELD, Ohio - A levy defeat coupled with cuts in other funding have caused a lot of changes for Canfield Schools.

A smaller levy request in November is needed to avoid even more cutbacks..

During a special meeting, the Canfield School Board approved a general fund budget appropriation of just over 23-million, 563 thousand dollars. School Treasurer Patti Kesner says that's more than a million dollars less than the last budget.

"We had to do that due to the state cutting us 1.2 million dollars this year, plus the devaluation in the real estate taxes which cost us another $83,000", Kesner said. 

The treasurer says the district reduced expenditures with help from union concessions and the elimination of several positions.  "We have a lot less personnel around here", said Kesner. 

The district also implemented pay to play for sports and eliminated high school busing.

Superintendent Dante Zambrini says Ohio's school funding system is broken..

The district has reduced it's levy request to 4.9 mills and if it passes, Superintendent Dante Zambrini says it will prevent more teacher layoffs and additional cutbacks.

"If the levy passes in November, the district will have new funds for 2012.  If not, there is no other chance for new funds coming into the district for all of 2012", Zambrini said. 

The theme of the levy campaign is to preserve Canfield's tradition of excellence.  The district has achieved an excellent rating on it's state report card for the past twelve years. 

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