Projects that will increase access to online catalogs in each of the Bexley City Schools' libraries, enhance acoustics at Bexley High School music concerts and assist with the production of Maryland Elementary School students' daily news show are among $52,683 in grants recently announced by the Bexley Education Foundation.

Projects that will increase access to online catalogs in each of the Bexley City Schools' libraries, enhance acoustics at Bexley High School music concerts and assist with the production of Maryland Elementary School students' daily news show are among $52,683 in grants recently announced by the Bexley Education Foundation.

BEF grants to the Bexley City Schools are awarded twice a year, in the spring and fall. School staff submit proposals to the foundation, and the foundation's Grants Committee makes recommendations to the Board of Governors about which projects should be funded either fully or partially, said Pamela Glasgow, the foundation's executive director.

"The Grants Committee evaluates projects based on their creativity, amount of collaboration, impact on a significant number of Bexley students and support of the best practices of the Bexley City Schools."

The Grants Committee selects from a wide range of proposals, Glasgow said.

"The proposals vary widely each year but generally fall into projects that support all of the areas of the curriculum as well as teacher training, the performing arts, service learning, and social and emotional development," she said.

The grants awarded include:

* $27,000 was awarded to Laura Lipsett, executive director of the district's school programs, to support a two-day professional development for all K-12 educational staff on how to use data and resources to meet the academic and social and emotional needs of students. The staff development will be held Nov. 7 and 8.

* $10,000 was awarded to Amy Blosser, director of choirs, to help support the purchase of moveable acoustical shell panels for the Bexley High School Schottenstein Theater in order to enhance both choral and orchestral performances.

* $5,680 was awarded to school librarians Debbie Ballinger, Mike Nolan, Rachel Riegler and Shaun Stevenson to provide for two Online Public Access Catalog stations in the form of touch-screen tablets at each school library -- a total of 10 OPAC stations. Tablets with catalog software will allow students to easily search for books and academic resources.

* $5,642 was awarded to Bexleo adviser Mike Nolan to provide five new workstations in the Bexley High School library in order to support the production of the yearbook.

* $3,361 was awarded to Maryland teachers Mary Bidwell, Katie Appel and Meghan Kroll to support the purchase of new technology to assist with the production of the daily news show by the school's fifth- and sixth-grade students.

* $1,000 was awarded to Sandra Crandall, orchestra director, to support a clinic day for 66 students at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, located at the University of Cincinnati.

The Bexley Education Foundation supports educational initiatives that enhance excellence in education for students in the Bexley City School District. BEF support is delivered through grants to fund projects that are initiated by teachers and schools and that directly enhance learning experiences for a significant number of students. In its 33 years, BEF has provided more than $4.6 million of support for the Bexley City Schools.

The application deadline for the foundation's fall grant cycle is Oct. 28. For more information, call 614-338-2093 or visit bexleyeducationfoundation.org.