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Online auction to go live

Chardon Schools Foundation’s annual online auction is in full swing with more than 230 items for the public to bid on in support of educational grants for classroom projects. The final hours of the auction will be televised live at 5:30 p.m. on Mar. 7 on Geauga-TV on channels 1020 and 1025. This year’s auction sponsors are Middlefield Banking Company, Pastor Photography and Preston Superstore. 

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that has provided approximately $500,000 in grants since its establishment in 1989. Among the recent classroom projects made possible by the foundation are Pi-Top computers that students build and program at Chardon High School, Spheros robots and LEGO Mindstorm kits for the robotics club at the Chardon Middle School and Orff xylophones for music class at the elementary school. Tiny Toppers Preschool became eligible for funding as of fall 2019, and will issue their first grant proposal for the foundation.

Community attends vision session

Members of the community participated in Chardon Local School District’s Educational Visioning sessions facilitated by ThenDesign Architecture on Feb. 22 and 26. The two events yielded community discussions about the district’s long-term facilities. Of the 112 participants, 86 percent were residents of the district, 33 percent were school district employees (some of whom are also district residents), 16 percent were Chardon students and 14 percent were non-residents (including parents and/or employees).

Career Center hosts parent day

Auburn Career Center (ACC) hosted its Annual Parent Visit Day on Jan. 31 for about 300 parents, grandparents and younger siblings. 

“Parents get to experience a day in the life of their Auburn student,” Cayley Volpin, ACC career development and enrollment specialist, said. “It’s meant to be engaging, hands-on and a chance for our students to show off the skills they have learned so far in their program – whether it’s cooking their favorite dish, showing off their welding ability or giving their parent a brand-new hairdo.”



Bill Nells achieves tech certification

During last month’s Ohio Educational Technology Conference, Bill Nells, information technology director for Chardon Local Schools, was recognized by Consortium for School Networking for becoming a Certified Education Technology Leader (CETL). Mr. Nells is currently one of only 36 Ohio information technology directors to achieve this designation. 

“Being an educational technology leader requires a diverse set of skills, including an overall understanding of existing and emerging technologies, as well as an understanding of how these technologies can be leveraged to transform the educational environment for students,” Chardon schools Superintendent Michael Hanlon said. “We are fortunate to have Bill on our district staff and commend his commitment to continuous improvement and lifelong learning as demonstrated by this achievement.”

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