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North Canton schools receives state grant for classroom innovation

By Dottie McGrew
Special to the Beacon Journal

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NORTH CANTON: The city school district has received a $4.6 million grant from Gov. John Kasich’s Straight A Fund.

More than 570 grant applications were submitted; North Canton’s was the sixth largest of the 24 chosen.

The goal of the Straight A Fund is to support innovative projects to improve efficiency, modernize operations and achieve cost savings in local schools and districts.

North Canton Superintendent Michael Hartenstein, along with other recipients, will go to Columbus on Monday to receive the grant money.

“One of the things that helped us get the grant is the reputation of our school district,” Hartenstein said. “Our district performs at the highest level. The North Canton community should be really, really excited and proud of the caliber of our teachers and students.”

North Canton’s grant proposed to overhaul traditional classrooms in all district buildings to create dynamic, movable learning spaces. The grant specified that everything in each classroom would be portable, except for stationary “learning centers” in each corner.

The district will work with Walsh University’s College of Education to develop teacher training in the new classroom concept.

Northern Local School District in Perry County received the top grant, just under $15 million.


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