Chardon Schools Welcomes New Communications Director and New Treasurer/CFO

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New faces on the scene in the Chardon Local Schools District include Deb Armbruster and Kelly Misch.

Armbruster officially came on board August 1st as the district’s Treasurer/CFO subsequent to serving as interim Treasurer/CFO in June and July. Prior to June, Armbruster was the Treasurer/CFO for Crestwood Local Schools and previously worked as Assistant Treasurer for Chardon Schools.

The District wishes Armbruster’s predecessor, Ashley Brudno, well in her new endeavor with Chagrin Falls Exempted Village Schools and extends a very warm welcome back to Armbruster.

Kelly Misch was hired on July 1st as the district’s new Communications Director. She has over 20 years of professional writing, editing and research experience and has been actively involved in Chardon Schools Foundation, a non-profit organization through which she serves as a Board member and communications coordinator.

Former Chardon Schools Communications Director Ellen Ondrey retired in May after over two decades of service. The district is grateful for Ondrey’s many years of dedication and is pleased to have Misch aboard as her successor.

Laying the Groundwork for Safe Choices

Chardon High School carved out blocks of the school day on August 20th for all students (grades 8-12) to attend special assemblies on the importance of digital citizenship, the dangers of sexting and vaping, and resources for mental health.

Presenters included School Resource Officer Derek Carlson, Chief of Police Scott Niehus, Geauga County Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Natalie Harper and Geauga County Prosecutor James Flaiz. In addition, a representative from National Alliance on Mental Health shared mental health resources with students and addressed the importance of breaking down the stigma of mental illness.

Chardon Schools is grateful for all who contributed to this critical messaging as part of the district’s ongoing efforts to guide teens in making good choices.

Student Resource Officer Derek Carlson addresses an assembly of Chardon High School students
on the topic of digital citizenship.

Mrs. Mele’s fifth grade Chardon Middle School students (pictured on right) work in teams on the “spaghetti marshmallow tower challenge” to see which group can build the tallest structure in just 18 minutes. Mrs. Brown’s fifth grade Chardon Middle School students (pictured on left) work in teams on the “spaghetti marshmallow tower challenge” to see which group can build the tallest structure in just 18 minutes. “It’s harder than you think,” said fifth grade teacher Mrs. Brown.

Pictured In Cover Photo: From Left, Chardon Local Schools’ new Communications Director, Kelly Misch, was officially welcomed on board on July 1st, serving as the successor for longtime Communications Director Ellen Ondrey. Chardon Local Schools’ new Treasurer/CFO, Deb Armbruster, was officially welcomed on board on August 1st.

All photos courtesy of Chardon Local School District

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