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Canton Superintendent Proposes Budget with 1.84 Percent Increase

February 8, 2017 Budget, Government, Schools No Comments

Canton Schools superintendent Kevin D. Case has proposed a 2017-18 budget of $25,629,086, which would represent a $462,388 or 1.84 percent increase in spending over 2016-17 levels.

With the uncertainty whether the state will continue to fund education at its current levels, a $1-million plus increase in “fixed costs,” a state law stipulating that towns keep total budget increases under 2.5 percent and $1.6 million in administrator requests, educators said it was an especially difficult budget process. 

“This has been one of the most challenging budgets I’ve put together in my 10 and a half years in Canton,” Case said.

Among the cuts in the proposed budget would be the reduction of 12 full-time equivalent positions in non-certified staff. Case said specific positions have yet to be determined but those would include positions such as paraprofessionals and tutors.

“It’s a hard decision because we are not over-staffed by any means,” Case said. “These are valuable staff members – very, very difficult decision for me.” … Continue Reading

Canton CAO proposes budget with 2.44 percent increase

February 6, 2017 Budget, Government, Schools No Comments

By John Fitts 

Canton Chief Administrative Officer Robert H. Skinner has proposed a town 2017-18 spending plan of $10,589,284, an increase of $252,200 or 2.44 percent over approved 2016-17 spending levels. 

The operations budget is proposed at $9,467,568 while capital improvement funding is pegged at $1,121,716. 

A driving factor in the proposal is the state’s mandate that caps municipal expense increases to just 2.5 percent. (Just a few items are excluded).

“Obviously there were sacrifices that had to be made to meet the cap,” Skinner wrote in his budget introduction. “That is why almost half the departments have decreases in their bottom lines.”

Additionally there are no significant new initiatives in the plan, Skinner noted. 

While there is a special revenue funded increase in hours for the recreation coordinator, additional hours for the building official and the combination of two, part-time library positions to create a full-time one, there are no “new” positions in the budget. 

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Images of Canton: Aladdin Jr. Comes to Middle School Stage

The Canton Middle School Drama Club presents Disney’s Aladdin Jr. at 7 p.m. Friday Jan. 27 and Friday, Jan. 28. Tickets are $5 for seniors, children and students and $8 for adults. 

The show takes place in the auditorium of the Canton Middle/High School campus at 76 Simonds Ave. Buy tickets at the door or via www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2811936.

See more in this week’s edition of The Valley Press

Canton School District Retirees, Students Work Together to Make an Impact

January 19, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

CANTON –  Joan Reiskin and Heidi Zacchera retired from the Canton School District in 2007 and 2013, respectively, but that hasn’t stopped the two from continuing to lead ESTEEM, a team of high school students that teach fifth-graders about making good choices.   

“We started it and we love it,” said Reiskin, a 35-year social worker for the town and school district. “We see the results in play year after year. We hear from the teachers and the principals of those schools that this was such a positive influence on these kids.” 

Each year, the group visits approximately a half dozen schools, generally presenting to fifth graders. That included a recent trip to Canton Intermediate School. 

Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

Images of Canton: Wizards Come to Town

By John Fitts 

Assistant Editor

CANTON — With a host of antics, slam dunks, dancing and even a little football, the Harlem Wizards and local teachers took to the court and helped raise $7,500 toward an effort for permanent lights at the Canton High School track and field facility. 

The committee is working to raise some $250,000 for permanent lights at Canton High School track and field facility. Next up is a Snowshoe Scramble, sponsored by Lights on Canton and Canton Parks & Recreation Department, and set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 29. It is designed to be a gentle snowshoe, or walking event through the woods with refreshments at the end. Cost is $25 per person or $75 for a family of four.  More details, updated course information and online registration can be found at the Canton Parks & Recreation website, www.cantonrec.org/info/activities. (NOTE EVENT CANCELED) 

The committee has also announced several other initiatives. Please see this week’s Valley Press for the complete story. 

College Notes (Jan. 19, 2017)

January 19, 2017 Schools No Comments

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Wheaton College student Emily Guersch Performs in Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’ 

WHEATON, IL — Wheaton College student Emily Guersch of Collinsville, Connecticut performed in Opera Music Theater’s production of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” Guersch played clarinet. Guersch was also named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

Eastern Connecticut State University Full-time Students Named to Fall 2016 Dean’s List

WILLIMANTIC, CT — Eastern Connecticut State University recently released the names of full-time students who were named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester.

The following Collinsville students earned the honor. 

  • Alexia Bohnenkamper ’18, an Environmental Earth Science major.
  • Emily Chouinard ’18 of Collinsville, who is majoring in Finance.
  • Lillian Hyde ’17, whose major is Biology.

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Images of Canton: Canton Parents for Music Coffee House

January 13, 2017 Community, Photos, Schools No Comments

Photos by John Fitts

Canton Parents for Music sponsored a coffee house in the cafeteria of Canton High School Jan. 6. Fourteen different student acts performed. Attendance was free, but the organization raised nearly $300 from selling refreshments and accepting donations. The organization is looking to host additional coffee houses , potentially at other locations. Canton Parents for Music funds initiatives not covered in the Board of Education budget. Examples include artists in residence and music trip transportation costs. See more at www.cantonparentsformusic.org. … Continue Reading

Canton Residents Named to Dean’s Lists at Champlain College, Keene State

January 7, 2017 Community, Schools No Comments

Courtesy of readMedia Newswire

Lindsay Sugar named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester

BURLINGTON, VT — Lindsay Sugar of Canton has been named to the Champlain College Dean’s List for the Fall 2016 semester.

Students on the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher during the semester. Sugar is majoring in Secondary Education-Social Studies.

Keene State College Student Kimberly Bastan Earns Place on Dean’s List 

KEENE, NH — Congratulations to Kimberly Bastan of Canton, who was recently named to the fall 2016 dean’s list at Keene State College. Bastan was among 1,400 students who were honored for academic excellence in the fall 2016 semester.

To qualify for the dean’s list, Keene State undergraduates must be enrolled in a degree program and must have completed a minimum of six credit hours in the semester, receiving no failing or incomplete grades. Students must achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale to earn dean’s list honors.

Coffee House Performances at Canton High School on Friday, Jan. 6

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CANTON, CT  — Canton Parents for Music and the Canton Public Schools Music Department are proud to host a Coffee House featuring Canton High School students performing live music for the community in a casual environment. 

The Coffee House will be held on Friday, Jan. 6 in the Canton High School cafeteria. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and performances will run until 9 p.m. There is no cover charge for attending. Hot beverages and snacks will be available for purchase. People are encouraged to bring their friends and family and maybe some cards or a board game to settle in and enjoy a relaxing evening of live music.

Canton High School is located at 76 Simonds Ave, Canton, CT. … Continue Reading

BOE Brief December 2016: A Project of Teamwork, Collaboration, Creativity and Kindness

December 20, 2016 Community, Opinion, Schools No Comments
Students work on the Community Circle Project.  Submitted Photo

Students work on the Community Circle Project.
Submitted Photo

Dear Canton Public Schools Community,

It is hard to believe it is December and we will begin the Winter recess in just a few more days. Over the past two months, the Board of Education has been busy working on new initiatives and hearing reports from various departments about the great work being done in our schools. Topics included the student-centered learning framework, technology, STEM initiatives in our schools, and an update on our Open Choice program. All of these reports can be found on our website at → http://www.cantonschools.org under “Latest News” on the homepage. You can also view our new Board of Education video on the values statement and how these values are demonstrated in our school. Be sure to check it out!

As we reflect on the spirit of the holiday season, I would like to share a story of an experience I had at Canton Intermediate School in early December. I volunteered to help with the 5th grade Community Circles project, where the 5th grade made Rose Windows to display in different locations around town. The project began on an early morning in the Canton Intermediate School gym, with the students gathered to hear a presentation about the project and learn about the process of making stained glass art. … Continue Reading

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