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Shared Transportation Services with Kirtland SchoolsChardon's new business manager, Ted Roseberry, understands that non-instructional services are vital to the success of a school district, but…

Shared Transportation Services with Kirtland Schools
Chardon’s new business manager, Ted Roseberry, understands that non-instructional services are vital to the success of a school district, but too often take money away from its primary mission – educating children. Before coming to Chardon, both he and Superintendent Mike Hanlon were instrumental in developing a successful shared transportation service arrangement in Lake County with the Painesville, Riverside and Perry schools.
“Shared services are a creative way to utilize highly qualified personnel to accomplish efficiencies more economically,”?Roseberry said. “On that note, we are excited that our new partnership with Kirtland Schools to share one transportation supervisor will save Chardon over $30,000 in administrative costs alone.”
An added plus for the district is that new transportation supervisor, Josh Nau, is a former driver for the Chardon Schools, so he knows well the roads and routes. As Chardon continues to search for both efficiencies and financial savings, Roseberry will be exploring additional shared services, which can greatly expand the options available.
“My intent is to ensure that our education dollars are being used as effectively and efficiently as possible,” Roseberry said.
The Transportation Department phone number is 440-285-4069.
Free, Reduced Meals Program
The National School Lunch/Breakfast Program is a federally subsidized program that is designed to help eligible children receive free or reduced-price meals. Families that qualify can confidentially have their child(ren) participate in the program.
Participants in the program must re-enroll by Oct. 1.
There are long-range benefits for all Chardon students eligible for free or reduced school meals other than participation in the lunch and/or school day milk programs. Many of the district federal grant monies depend upon the district-wide percentage of its students eligible for either the Free or Reduced meal program.
If a household is eligible, it does not mean the student(s) are required to participate in the lunch program. The family’s eligibility will help the district in general as noted, however, participation in the lunch program is a personal choice. The application can be downloaded from the school district homepage on the “What’s for Lunch” tab on the left hand navigation bar.
Operating Levy News
The Chardon Schools has placed a 5.9-mill continuing operating levy on the November ballot to fund the day-to-day operations of the Chardon Local Schools. Every dollar will go toward providing classroom instruction, student support, technology, transportation, personnel, textbooks and utilities.
The levy will cost approximately $17 per month on each $100,000 of home value, $34 dollars per month on $200,000 of home value, etc. Failure of the levy on Nov. 5 will mean the district will immediately need to make another $200,000 in reductions in order to balance the end of year (2013-14) budget, and, based on current projections, approximately $1 million more in reductions for the 2014-15 school year.
The district has experienced a loss of academic programming already. This will continue with failure of this levy, further eroding its educational offerings.
The school district has reduced many support resources as well, including guidance, nursing staff, custodial, media center, transportation and administrative/office.
Failure of the levy will be catalyst for state intervention and loss of local control.
The district will host several levy information nights in the coming weeks: Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. at Chardon High School and Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. at Hambden Elementary School.
Detailed financial information can be found on the district website at www.chardonschools.org. Please review the facts and exercise one’s right to vote on Nov. 5.

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