Ohio Department of Education awards $4.2 million to Marion City Schools for partnerships

The front of Marion Harding High School is shown. Three school board candidates will run for two seats Nov. 2, 2021.

The front of Marion Harding Higher Faculty is demonstrated. Three college board candidates will run for two seats Nov. 2, 2021.

Marion City Educational facilities has not long ago been awarded a $4.2 million Summer Understanding and Afterschool Options grant from the Ohio Section of Education to help community partnerships and deal with students’ needs exterior the classroom.

This grant funding, which is meant to meet educational and psychological wants that resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, is a part of $89 million that the Ohio Division of Schooling is awarding to 161 local community-based mostly companions across the condition from over 700 purposes.

The district is now partnering with companies together with Marion-Crawford Avoidance Systems, the Marion Family YMCA and Marion Technological Higher education to supply equally summer season and afterschool programming for college students most influenced by the pandemic, Superintendent Dr. Ron Iarussi spelled out.

“It needs us to have group companions, and so the 1st just one we obtained is a partnership with Marion-Crawford Avoidance Packages, and that is growing right after school plans,” Iarussi mentioned.

“They’re heading to be in a position to deliver programs like strengthening households, smoking cigarettes tobacco cessation, all just for health and properly-remaining of learners and people,” he said.

The district is also wanting at making use of this group-targeted funding to increase possibilities with its Equipment UP method which it is continuing as a result of Marion Complex Higher education immediately after the primary grant funding expired this calendar year a lot to the community’s lament.

“That will be readily available to deliver job advice and counseling to much more college students by that,” Iarussi mentioned.

The programming ensuing from the $4.2 million grant is to start off this summer season soon after a mandatory training for new grantees which took put Tuesday.

Marion Loved ones YMCA Executive Director Theresa Lubke represented the YMCA at this teaching to equip the organization to start its programming, which she verified will be starting in the summer months.

It will be closely centered on young learners and filling in the gaps in childcare in the local community.

“The YMCA: we actually have 4 grants with them. We are hunting at undertaking some enlargement of doing preschool in this article. We’re also wanting at undertaking some Kindergarten readiness systems,” Iarussi reported.

Programming provided at the YMCA will also include things like afterschool prospects for moms and dads and people, which includes a Latchkey-form program for households who need childcare or excess assistance, he spelled out.

Tale by: Sophia Veneziano (740) 564 – 5243 | [email protected]

This report initially appeared on Marion Star: Marion City Schools awarded $4.2 million for local community partnerships