Canton City Schools, Ohio

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Canton City Schools
Canton, Ohio
Canton City Schools Logo.png
District Profile
Superintendent:Adrian Allison
Graduation rate:76.9%
Number of schools:31
Budget: $126.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Nadine McIlwain
Board members:5
Term length:4
Canton City School District is a school district in Ohio that served 9,350 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the 16th largest by enrollment in the state of Ohio.[1] Canton's first public school dates back to 1824 and the first Board of Education was elected in 1851.[2]

About the district

Canton City Schools is located in Stark County, Ohio
Canton is the county seat of Stark County and located in northeastern Ohio. The city's population is 73,007 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


Canton lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of higher education achievement, median income and poverty rate. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 13% of Canton residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Canton had a median income of $30,264 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Canton was 28.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Canton (%) Ohio (%)
White 69.1 82.7
Black or African American 24.2 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 0.2
Asian 0.3 1.7
Two or More Races 4.8 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.6 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 49.2 48.7
2008 51.6 46.1
2004 50.6 48.9
2000 47.1 48.9

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[5]


The current Superintendent of Canton City Schools is Adrian E. Allison. He has served in the position since January 2013 when he was appointed to replace Chris Smith, who passed away in November 2012. Allison previously served in the Ohio Department of Education as executive director of policy as well as senior director of accountability. He is the first African American superintendent in the district's history as well as the youngest at 40 years old.[6]

School board

The Canton Board of Education consists of five members who are elected to four-year terms. Two members of the board are elected by district and three members are considered at-large. The district offers compensation for board member attendance at approved training programs with payments ranging from $60 to $125 per session.[7]

Canton Board of Education
Member District Term Ends
Richard S. Milligan District 1 2017
Ryan Brahler District 2 2015
Lisa Gissendaner At-large 2015
John M. Rinaldi At-large 2017
Ida Ross-Freeman At-large 2015

School board elections

See also: Canton City Schools elections (2013)

Members of the Canton Board of Education are elected to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Two seats were on the ballot on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be up for election on November 3, 2015.


The table below displays the budget for Canton City Schools:[8]

Expenditures by Category
School Year Staff Expenses Student Services Operational Expenses Debt Service Other Budget Total
Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget Total % of Budget
2010-2011 $80,232,000 63.5% $7,247,000 5.7% $35,148,000 27.8% $1,519,000 1.2% $2,129,000 1.7% $126,275,000
Averages: $80,232,000 64% $7,247,000 6% $35,148,000 28% $1,519,000 1% $2,129,000 2% $126,275,000

Teacher salaries

Teachers in Canton City Schools earn annual salaries based on experience and educational attainment. The annual salary schedule for teachers with Bachelor's degrees has a minimum salary of $32,977 and a maximum salary of $54,742. The district pays a minimum of $36,275 and a maximum of $61,997 to teachers with Master's degrees with up to 13 years experience. The maximum salary for Master's degree holders is $72,549 after 30 years of service.[9]

Schools in district

Canton City Schools operates 31 K-12 schools in 2013-2014 that are listed in alphabetical order below:[10]

Canton City Schools
Allen Elementary School
Arts Academy at Summit
Belden Elementary School
Belle Stone Elementary School
Canton Academy
Cedar Elementary School
Choices Alternative School
Clarendon Elementary School
Compton Learning Center
Connections Academy
Crenshaw Middle School
Digital Academy
Dueber Elementary School
Early Childhood Program
Early College Academy
Early College High School
Fairmount Elementary School
Gibbs Elementary School
Graduation Academy
Harter Elementary School
Hartford Middle School
Lehman Middle School
Mason Elementary School
McGregor Elementary School
McKinley Senior High School
Passages School
Portage Montessori School
Schreiber Elementary School
Timken Senior High School
Worley Elementary School
Youtz Elementary School

Academic performance

The Ohio Department of Education issues an annual report card for each district based on scores from the Ohio Achievement Assessments. This testing process assesses the proficiency of students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 10 and 11 complete the Ohio Graduation Test to not only assess proficiency but demonstrate readiness for postgraduate life.[11][12]

Canton City Schools received a C on the state's Performance Index and an F in the Indicators Met section. The Ohio Department of Education found that 63.2% of students qualified as Proficient or higher. The district only met proficiency levels in 16.7% of performance indicators from grades 3 through 11. The following tables detail results from the Performance Index and Indicators Met sections in the 2012-2013 district report card.[13]

Performance Index, 2012-2013
Performance level Percentage of students (%)
Advanced Plus -
Advanced 10.1
Accelerated 17
Proficient 36.1
Basic 21.5
Limited 15.1
Untested 0.1

Indicators Met, Reading
Grade Canton City Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 69.4 69.1 81.4
4 73.9 76.4 87.7
5 56.2 56.9 74.2
6 70.9 67.1 82.9
7 67.5 64.6 81
8 72 71.8 85.8

Indicators Met, Mathematics
Grade Canton City Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 66.7 63 78.5
4 65.4 62.4 77.7
5 55.6 48.3 68.7
6 64.2 54.2 75.1
7 58.3 51.5 73.3
8 59.5 58.1 77


State report card

The Ohio State Report Card for Canton City Schools gave failing grades on five of nine measurements of academic performance. The 2012-2013 report was criticized by Superintendent Adrian Allison for failing to adequately capture progress in the district. “I think that these new report cards may even mislead some of the public on what is happening in some of our schools," said Allison.[14]

Contact information

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Canton Board of Education
305 McKinley Avenue NW
Canton, OH 44702
Phone:(330) 438-2500

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