Issue 22 on Nov. 2 Ballot
The Chardon Board of Education voted unanimously on Aug. 2 to place a 15-year 0.81-mill bond issue on the Nov. 2 ballot. Issue 22 would generate $7.2 million dollars over 15 years for the district to continue efforts towards maintaining its school facilities. Issue 22 is focused on continuing the next level of capital improvements to the district’s current school facilities and campus to enhance school safety and security, address operational issues, and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act regulations.
The bond issue would cost taxpayers $28.35 the first year per $100,000 of home value with the annual amount decreasing in subsequent years. Previously, in 2019, the school district presented a bond issue for the replacement of school facilities that was not approved by voters. In response to that message from voters, the district leveraged available resources to replace/repair roofs on all schools, replace windows, continue boiler replacement, install touchless restroom upgrades, and continue addressing many other capital improvement projects. Permanent Improvement Fund and Federal aid dollars are the funding source for those improvements. Information on Issue 22 is presented in the fall edition of the district’s Open Lines community newsletter mailed to residential and business mailboxes this month. Further detail, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the district’s Issue 22 online resource web page accessible from the top banner of the https://www.chardonschools.
Grant Supports Real-World Learning
Chardon High School science teacher Rebecca Schneider secured a Chardon Schools Foundation grant in May for Earth Force® water quality monitoring test kits and Rapitest® digital soil test kits for outdoor studies by the school’s environmental science and biology courses in the 2021-22 school year and beyond.
The kits enhance students’ laboratory experiences by giving them real-world data collection techniques and analysis. In addition, the kits are designed to allow physical testing of samples in the field instead of having to transport them back into the classroom.
Chardon Schools Foundation is a non-profit organization providing educational grants for creative and innovative classroom projects in Chardon Schools. Approval for Dr. Schneider’s test kits grant proposal was given through the Foundation’s spring 2021 grant review session that generated nearly $14,000 in educational grants for the district.
Cartoonist Visits Park
ZED comic strip cartoonist Duane Abel visited the Park Elementary students in the school’s auditorium on Sept. 17 where he presented his high-energy, interactive “Draw Your Destiny” assembly. During the Park PTO-sponsored event, Mr. Abel highlighted the importance of student learning while sharing his career path.
The ZED comic strip is featured in Mr. Abel’s Corkey Comics book collections and in nearly 30 newspapers nationwide. Mr. Abel travels to over 100 schools each year to present “Draw Your Destiny” to students.
Chardon High School Homecoming