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Biggest gala ever means new technology in district

Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation awards record $83,538 in grants


A record-breaking gala allowed the Grandview Heights/Marble Cliff Education Foundation to approve an unprecedented $83,538 in grants at its March 10 meeting.

"It's a good deal more than we've ever approved in one year," foundation President Jack Kukura said. "Last year, we awarded about $65,000 in grants, so it's a huge increase."

The Feb. 22 gala drew a record number of people and brought in a profit of $75,000 -- another record, Kukura said.

"The support we receive from the community just keeps growing," he said. "We had more than 300 people attend this year. As more people attend, we raise more money and are able to approve more grant requests."

The latest round of grant applications from Grandview schools teachers and staff totaled more than $116,000, Kukura said.

"We couldn't approve everything, so in some cases we didn't approve the entire amount requested," he said.

In most of the applications, the foundation decided class sizes did not warrant funding for the purchase of as many devices as teachers requested, Kukura said.

Almost all of the applications related to the purchase of computer and technological devices for use in the classroom, he said.

Director of Technology Operations Brad Petit and technology integration specialist team leader Marc Alter have been working with teachers and staff members to coordinate the applications submitted to the foundation, Kukura said.

The latest round of approved grant applications and the funds awarded by the foundation are:

* High school English teacher Bethany Black, $2,665 for the purchase of an Apple TV and iPad with projector.

* Intermediate/middle school counselor, $6,499.50 for the purchase of 50 response clickers. The clickers allow students to indicate when they are not understanding material and a teacher to immediately gauge which students need what kind of assistance and to shift their instruction to respond.

* High school media specialist Erin Engle, $5,000 to buy e-books and digital audio.

* Stevenson second-grade teachers, $10,408.76 to purchase 20 Chromebooks to be shared among classrooms.

* Stevenson third-grade teachers, $11,968.40 to purchase iPad Minis.

* Stevenson kindergarten teachers, $14,922 to buy 20 iPad Minis.

* Fifth-grade language arts and social studies teacher Melissa Davis, $14,172.91 for Chromebooks, iPad Minis and a projector.

* Eighth-grade language arts teacher Melissa Miglesz, $9,901.79 to purchase Chromebooks.

* Middle school Science Olympiad coach Leslie Howard, $8,000 to purchase monitors and keyboards for computers that were donated to the team.

Intermediate/middle school media specialist Kristi Jump had requested $1,903 for a projector and its mounting equipment, but Superintendent Ed O'Reilly indicated the district would cover the cost, so the foundation removed the grant from its list.

"We tend to focus on approving grants for things that are outside of the box and experimental," Kukura said. "If they become a normal part of the classroom and school, then it's time for the district to fund them."