CANTON, Ohio – The North Canton School District is set to receive a nearly $5,000,000 grant thanks to the new ‘Straight A Fund.’
The $4,594,874 is part of $250 million in the fund that was signed into law by Gov. Kasich over the summer. The fund’s purpose is to provide money to school districts who develop new programs to improve education across Ohio. The programs must be sustainable and easily duplicated by others.
In a press release, North Canton City Schools Superintendent Michael Hartenstein said, “I‘m very pleased that the Ohio Department of Education recognized the value of the work we are currently doing at North Canton City Schools, and propose to do, with the help of this grant. Being one of only 24 projects selected out of more than 570 is affirmation of our work.”
North Canton’s educational proposal, was called “Viking21: Real Life Learning for the 21st Century.” It focuses on improving student achievement while reducing district spending. It also includes a partnership with Walsh University for professional development and student field experience.
“This grant gives us the opportunity to re-imagine our current learning environments. These new learning spaces will create flexibility in instruction and provide students with exposure to important 21st Century skills like collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity,” said Kim Nidy, Innovation Specialist for the North Canton City School District and a key member of the team who conceptualized the program.
The governing board’s award recommendations are scheduled to be presented to the Ohio Controlling Board for final approval on Dec. 16.