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Pickerington Schools awarded grant to host science program
Pickerington Schools has been awarded a grant to host a Modeling Instruction in Science program this summer.
The program will run from June 15 through July 2, science teacher Doug Forrest told board members at their March 9 meeting.
Pickerington North High School will be the site for the training program, which will include approximately 72 teachers from Ohio. As host district, a number of spots will be set aside for district teachers.
The grant money is being provided by the Ohio Board of Regents and anticipated to be valued at around $2,000 per teacher participant, Forrest said.
The 2009 workshop program is a collaboration among Pickerington Schools, Columbus Public Schools, The Ohio State University and Denison University.
"Instruction encourages the use of technology-infused labs with low-tech alternatives," Forrest said.
Seven district physical science and chemistry teachers have participated in past programs when hosted at other locations.
In other news, the first Issue 7 poster was unveiled by Superintendent Dr. Karen Mantia.
The poster declares in large letters "No New Taxes" and reminds residents that a yes vote for Issue 7 will bring an additional $50 million of state money to the district. The tax is not new, however. Currently, it costs $11.15 on a $100,000 value house and will continue to be paid by residents.
Also at the meeting, school officials announced that Ridgeview Middle School English teacher Molly Dalgarn will be the new principal at Violet Elementary School, replacing Kristi Motsch, who will take on the principal position at the new Tollgate Elementary School.
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