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Superintendent: Dr. Scott J. Hunt


September 2, 2016

What’s Inside? Huskie Pride!

Members of the Cardinal Local School District:

he 2016-2017 school year is underway! The beginning of the school year is always an exciting time for students and families. I would be remiss if I didn’t thank our transportation department for making certain that our students get to school and home safely everyday. I would also like to thank our families for their patience and understanding as we worked through creating greater efficiency in our transportation service.

Although this summer presented some challenges it also was quite rewarding. Cardinal High School has had the benefit of participating in the CRO (College Ready Ohio) grant. This grant provided us with the student iPads and rigorous training in the Trailblazer Teacher program. The training prepared several teachers the opportunity to learn how to utilize the iPads with students and how to digitize their course content. In fact, Mr. Ben Clutter (Biology Teacher), was invited to present his work at a national conference in Colorado this summer.  In addition, through our partnership with The Ohio State University via CRO, we were able to install a green screen at the high school. Students are already using that space to produce, edit, and post our morning announcements.  We continue to offer 30+ college credits through the CC+ (College Credit Plus) program. These credits are provided at Cardinal High School and the courses are taught by our teachers.  Members our the CMS staff also have been invited to present their learning and expertise in using Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a method teachers use to design and deliver high quality lessons that meet the needs of all students.  Over the next couple of months some of our Lake County colleagues will visit our middle school to see how we implement UDL. At JES and CIS our students continue to get the very best our teachers have to give as they focus on literacy and getting students to be great readers.

Strategic Planning, Task Force, and November Levy

This school year is slightly different than the last few. I had to reduce staff this spring in the midst of our ongoing budget concerns. In fact, I cut 6 teachers and two administrators in the Spring so that we could operate with a positive balance in the books. You will notice that those who were cut are NOT returning. The budget issue is real and will not be alleviated unless we pass the November levy.

The future of the schools and our students really do depend on the response from the community.

This year the district will focus on creating a strategic plan that will allow us to engage the community and invite you to the table to participate in the conversation. We hope to begin the process in October. If you are reading this and have an interest in participating please contact me directly. Your voice will be necessary in designing the future of our schools. In addition, I will be creating a Task Force on School Operations. This group will conduct research and study our district in all areas of our operation. After answering some key questions the Task Force will make recommendations to the board.

We have many great things happening at Cardinal Schools for our students and I hope you will continue to be part of success!

Please feel free to contact me by email or phone. I can be contacted via email scott.hunt@cardinalschools.org or in the office at 632-0261. Also, follow me on Twitter @DrSJHunt.

Scott J. Hunt, EdD


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