Chardon Local Schools News

OSBA Capital Conference

Chardon High School CREW members (l to r, back row) junior Ashlei Butt, senior Sophie Thompson, teacher Mrs. Butala and (l to r, front row) teacher Mrs. Britt and seniors Frankie Janek and Bryson Juker showcase their CREW career-based program booth on Nov. 14 at the Ohio School Boards Association 2022 Capital Conference and Trade Show’s Student Achievement Fair at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

The District was pleased to have district administrators, faculty members and students selected to participate as presenters at the Ohio School Boards Association’s 2022 Capital Conference and Trade Show held Nov. 13-15 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. This event is Ohio’s premier professional development conference with over 7,000 BOE and district administrators participating in this annual opportunity.


Chardon High School CREW teachers Tracey Britt and Kim Butala — together with CREW seniors Frankie Janek, Bryson Juker and Sophie Thompson and CREW junior Ashlei Butt — presented their career-based program on Nov. 14 to conference attendees and also hosted a CREW booth at the conference’s Student Achievement Fair.


District administrators, including superintendent Michael Hanlon, treasurer/CFO Deb Armbruster, and assistant superintendent Ed Klein, presented on Nov. 14 on the fiscal and programmatic impact of the district’s reconfiguration in 2018, highlighting over $7.3 million in savings for Chardon Schools since 2018. The presentation can be accessed via the news page of


In addition, Dr. Hanlon, together with other members of a statewide task force, presented at the conference on Ohio’s new school funding model — The Fair School Funding Plan.

Schools Earn Ohio PBIS Silver Awards

Congratulations to the Chardon Early Learning Center, Chardon Middle School, Munson Elementary School and Park Elementary School, each earning the Ohio PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) Silver Award 2022, a recognition of specific PBIS milestones achieved in their schools during the 2021-22 school year.


The PBIS program, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, is designed to enhance social, emotional and academic outcomes for all students through a three-tiered approach focused on prevention of behavioral issues rather than punishment.


CELC, CMS, Munson and Park will be awarded their Silver 2022 certificates from Ohio PBIS in the upcoming weeks and also be formally recognized at the annual Ohio PBIS and Ohio Leadership Advisory Council virtual showcase event on Dec. 6. The theme for this one-day conference is All In: For Ohio’s Schools, Students and Communities.


To learn more about Ohio PBIS and view a list of the schools’ PBIS coordinators and teams, visit the news page of

State of the Schools

Chardon Schools was among several Geauga County school districts that participated in the Nov. 4 State of the Schools event hosted by the Geauga Growth Partnership and the Kent State University Geauga Campus and Twinsburg Academic Center. The District was grateful for this community connections opportunity.


Superintendent Michael Hanlon’s presentation for Chardon Local Schools can be found on the District’s news page at

Inspirational Speaker Visits CHS

Chardon High School hosted David Petrovic on Oct. 18-19 to share his inspirational and educational story of resilience. Mr. Petrovic is a middle school teacher, an author, and a national speaker who visits schools and other organizations to discuss his own firsthand life experiences with autism and how he embraces it.


All CHS eighth-grade students and all CHS faculty attended Mr. Petrovic’s on-site presentations, while an open invitation was extended to all grades 9-12 students.


CHS principal Doug Murray stated: “Mr. Petrovic did a remarkable job steering his presentation to students in grades 9-12 toward the importance of modeling leadership; and with 8th-grade students, he shared his struggles and provided insights on how to seek out others.”

Topper Talk Newsletter

The Oct/Nov edition of the District’s bi-monthly e-newsletter, Topper Talk, is now available online. The publication is filled with classroom achievements and learning in the classroom and community; arts and athletic highlights; school awards; administrative news; alumni news, and more. The link to this latest edition can be accessed from the news page of


Topper Talk was recognized with a 2022 Mark of Excellence award by the Ohio School Public Relations Association earlier this year.

Tasty Class Project

Chardon High School junior Brittney Metz smiles with anticipation in a classroom kitchen as she crimps pie crust in preparation for making a pumpkin pie, a seasonal class project providing practice at following recipe steps and exercising life skills.

CHS French Club Trip to Cleveland


Chardon High School juniors (l to r) Hollie Straka and Madison Primc pose with the fresh-baked baguettes purchased from the Euro Sweets bakery during the CHS French Club’s trip to the West Side Market in Cleveland on Nov. 5.



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