Dr. Richard Ross of the Ohio Department of Education talks to students at Paulding High School Tuesday. Ross made the visit to congratulate Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a winner of Straight A funding from the State of Ohio. (Joe Shouse/Paulding County Progress)
Dr. Richard Ross of the Ohio Department of Education talks to students at Paulding High School Tuesday. Ross made the visit to congratulate Paulding Exempted Village Schools as a winner of Straight A funding from the State of Ohio. (Joe Shouse/Paulding County Progress)
BY ED GEBERT

Times Bulletin Editor

egebert@timesbulletin.com

PAULDING - The celebration was on Tuesday afternoon as Paulding Exempted Village Schools got a visit from Dr. Richard Ross of the Ohio Department of Education congratulating the district on being awarded grant money in the Straight A funding from the state.
The district had requested more than $1.5 million for the Beyond the Classroom project, which was designed to increase student achievement and provide a greater share of resources directly in the classroom; provide professional development for teachers on flipped-classroom/blended learning strategies through direct professional development instruction and professional learning communities; and hold a business symposium to bridge the gap between local businesses and schools by providing a forum and website to establish internships and shadowing experiences in the community.

Paulding was selected from 570 applications submitted across Ohio. The $250 million new innovation fund was created by Gov. John Kasich and was created in the state budget which went into effect July 1, 2013.

Partners in the application are Paulding Exempted Village, Crestview Local, Lincolnview Local, Wayne Trace Local, Western Buckeye Educational Service Center, Northwest Ohio Educational Technology Foundation, Paulding County Carnegie Library, Vantage Career Center, Northwest State Community, Paulding County Economic Development, Van Wert Economic Advisory Group, and the Van Wert Area Chamber of Commerce.