John K. Baxter School in southwest Canton to be demolished

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CANTON – A former primary school in the southwest will be demolished by the end of the month.

The Canton City School Board on Monday hired Ray Bertolini Trucking of Akron for $240,900 to demolish the old Baxter School at 3386 13th Street SW. Demolition should begin within a week.

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The building, named for former Superintendent John K. Baxter who ruled the district in 1905, was built in 1928 to accommodate the then growing student population around Bellflower Avenue and 13e Street SW, Township Depot Archives exhibit. The first students enrolled in September 1929. The district added a wing to the building in 1946.

Baxter closed as an elementary school in 2004 due to declining enrollment in the district and its proximity to other elementary schools. Baxter’s last educational use was to house the district’s Canton Academy, an alternative learning program. When this program ended about five years ago, the district began using it as storage.

District officials haven’t announced their plans for the property, but it likely won’t be a future school site. Last month, Superintendent Jeff Talbert recommended the construction of a new school building at Souers School, located about a mile from Baxter.

The Canton City School Board on Monday hired Ray Bertolini Trucking of Akron for $240,900 to demolish the old Baxter School at 3386 13th Street SW.  Demolition should begin within a week.

Township 5 Councilor Rob Fisher hopes Baxter’s property can be repurposed in a meaningful way.

“I’m glad they’re taking it,” he said. “I have too many empty buildings in Ward 5 now. … It will be useful land for a future project and we will have another empty, dilapidated building.

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Free vaccination clinic for students this week

In other cases, the school board:

  • Hired Terrence Jones to the newly created position of Graduation Coach. For the full-time administrative position, Jones will help guidance counselors identify students at risk of not graduating on time, help develop a plan to get students on track to graduate, and work as an agent. liaison between local businesses and the district to help students find jobs where they can also stay enrolled in their courses. Superintendent Jeff Talbert said Jones fills the role on a volunteer basis. The salary for the job, which was publicly posted, was not immediately available.
  • Nick Demetro has been promoted from Security Liaison Manager to Safety and Security Supervisor, effective October 17.
  • Accepted the retirement of teacher Kathryn Lacefield, effective May 30, and the resignation of teacher Alexis McPeak, retroactive to September 27.
  • Agreed to partner with Lifecare Family Health & Dental Center of Canton to provide free vaccinations to students. Talbert said the district continued the partnership after identifying many students who did not receive their required vaccinations this school year. Students must be uninsured, underinsured, or on Medicaid. The clinic will take place from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. on October 11, 12 and 13 and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on October 17 and 18 on the Timken Career Campus.

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The Canton City School Board on Monday hired Ray Bertolini Trucking of Akron for $240,900 to demolish the old Baxter School at 3386 13th Street SW.  Demolition should begin within a week.

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