While its own individual application was not approved for Ohio's new Straight A Fund, the Grandview Heights City School District is one of several central Ohio school districts belonging to a consortium that won funding.

While its own individual application was not approved for Ohio's new Straight A Fund, the Grandview Heights City School District is one of several central Ohio school districts belonging to a consortium that won funding.

The $250-million Straight A Fund is designed to encourage innovation in the classroom.

The consortium, composed of 12 school districts and Columbus State Community College, won a grant of just under $14.5 million for its Pathways to Prosperity project.

Superintendent Ed O'Reilly reviewed initial details about the project during the Dec. 18 school board meeting.

The Pathways to Prosperity Network is a collaboration of nine states, Jobs for the Future and the Harvard Graduate School of Education designed to combine high school, career tech, college and work-based experience to produce graduates who are credentialed for a career or ready to earn a college degree.

One example is a program in Texas, "where oil companies need workers," O'Reilly said.

A collaboration between community colleges and oil companies created a licensure program that allows students after earning 16 hours of credit to enter an entry-level job in the oil industry, he said.

It still is to be determined how the $14.5 million in grant money will be divided among the consortium members, O'Reilly said.

The first planning meeting will take place early next month with implementation to begin in August.

Grandview's individual application made it to the second round of the Straight A grant process, but was not successful.

The district had applied for a $638,322 grant for a one-to-one computing and blended-learning initiative for grades 7-12 in which instructional activities, content and resources are shared through different modes of online and blended learning.

Also at last week's meeting, the board presented resolutions honoring members Katie Clifford and John Kessler, who will leave office at the end of the year. They'll be replaced by Jesse Truett and Stephanie Evans, who won election in November along with incumbent Grant Douglass.