Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools is one of only 100 entities to receive a grant from the Straight A Fund Governing Board this summer.
“Ohio’s Straight A Fund has given a big boost to the most innovative of Ohio’s local school districts who recognize that it takes bold, new approaches to equip our students for a more demanding workplace,” said Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction. “Districts’ collaboration on these creative projects tells me we are becoming more cost-efficient, and that means more taxpayer dollars end up in Ohio classrooms.”
Chagrin Falls’ grant, titled “Project Ignite,” will expand upon the district’s existing one-to-one computing project by upgrading the network infrastructure, increasing the number of students with a device and adding online courses into the curriculum. The grant amount will be approximately $640,000. The grant application went through a rigorous screening process which put added emphasis on collaboration and efficiency.
The $250 million Straight A Fund was created in the state budget that was signed last summer by Gov. John R. Kasich. More than 150 entities received $100 million last year, with $150 million earmarked for new grants this year. The fund was created to promote innovative local ideas and programs to help transform and modernize Ohio’s education system.
“We are excited to receive funds to implement this ‘Project Ignite’ initiative. This project supports the technology goals and action steps in the recently approved strategic plan, and affords the district the opportunity to accelerate the implementation of 1:1 technology without burdening local taxpayers,” said Robert Hunt, superintendent of Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools.
In all, a total of 662 separate organizations, including 446 public school districts, requested more than $761 million in the second round of the Straight A Fund grant award process. The applicant pool includes 73 percent of Ohio school districts.
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