CNE changes help
improve academics, security
By Dick Maloney
Clermont Northeastern Schools
If you stand at the corner of U.S. 50 and
Newtonsville-Hutchinson Road and look at the Clermont Northeastern School
District’s three main buildings there, you may not notice the changes
Inside the walls and beneath the roofs, however, the
environment is changing – starting with those roofs.
By the end of September (weather permitting), three of the
district’s buildings – the high school, elementary school, and the preschool on
South Broadway, will have new roofing. The wet summer has delayed work and
caused a modified work schedule.
working with the contractors to come up with a different work schedule,
starting at 5 in the morning with tearoffs, which is noisy, and then when kids
come, stopping with that and covering back up. So it looks like we’re a month
away, total. So that’s taking us longer, but everyone has acknowledged it’s
been the wettest summer in forever,” Superintendent Michael Brandt, whose
office is in the middle school, said.
what we’re looking for is a tone to alert the parents that while there are construction
issues with the weather and whatever, our main issue is safety, and working
conditions for everybody, the students and teachers, so we’ve tried to cut back
on the odor and doing things, but it’s just been a difficult process with the
weather putting us so far behind.”
and the construction cones, flags, tapes and other equipment, are the most
visible sign of progress. What’s unseen is just as important.
the district has completed the transition to its one-to-one Chromebooks plan.
Each student and faculty member has a Chromebook laptop computer, paid for the
district. Each classroom also has new textbooks.
the Chromebook initiative should “vastly improve our academic performance over
time,” including better preparing students for academic testing, which is now
contracted with Hamilton County Educational Service Center to provide
in-service training for all teachers on a continuous basis in order to get the
most out of the one-to-one,” Brandt, who is in his fourth year at CNE, said. “It
takes more training than just handing them a computer. They have to know where
to go, what web sites, what standards are being taught against, so all that’s
being done, so we’ve started the training process with everybody. We’ve bought
all new textbooks across the district which are up to date now with all of the
standards, which is a huge improvement for us, so we feel really good about
technology director Andy Seals said in the past, teachers had to reserve
Chromebook carts days or weeks in advance.
“If we were
doing AIR (state) testing or other online assessments, the teachers were out of
luck. With 1:1, teachers have the freedom to use the devices when and how
they need to improve instruction,” Seals said. “All of our new textbooks came
with online components that are Chromebook compatible. So students will
be able to utilize those resources any time they need them.”
Principal T.J. Glassmeyer said the upgrades will help faculty and staff prepare
students for their post-high school world.
incredibly happy with the investments the district has made at the high school,”
textbooks allow our students to have the most up to date, relevant and rigorous
providing each high school student with a Chromebook we are able to impart 21st
Century skills and train our students to be college and career ready. Through
the Chromebook use our students are able to expand their learning and deepen
textbooks include a digital component, which makes the Chromebooks that much
more important, Brandt said.
you buy textbooks now is you buy hard copies, but then you buy the digital, so
we got all six-year contracts starting this year, so that will make a major
difference in what the kids are being taught, and therefore what they’re going
to be tested on will be something relevant that they’ve seen before and not
just teachers just sort of playing darts with the standards,” he said.
the principal at the middle school, will benefit CNE students in their core
classes – English language arts, math, science and social studies.
“We are so
excited to have researched based resources, lessons linked to standards and
aligned assessments in all of our core classes,” Nazzarine said. “Our staff is
very appreciative of our superintendent and the board of education's support as
we utilize these resources and move to 1:1 technology. Our students love
working with these interactive resources that are online as well as their
consumable textbooks. These materials will help us meet our goal to
challenge our CNE MS Rockets and create lifelong learners.”
news for taxpayers and others is that the district is implementing these plans
without having to go to voters for more money. All of the costs are being paid
from the permanent improvement fund, which is money that comes from the state
of Ohio based on student enrollment, and is offset by local property taxes and
other revenues. The roofing projects cost $3.4 million; the Chromebooks about
$200,000, The district is taking out a $6 million loan over 10 years that will
be paid back out permanent improvement funds, Brandt said.
a really good steward of the taxpayers dollars, and we’ve been saving for
several years wherever possible, and we’ve made these investment as a way to
help our achievement level,” Brandt said. “All of our contracts are for six
years, so we’re good for six years out. What we’ll start doing this year is
putting a small amount of money in savings, so when we need to replenish,
whoever the superintendent, me or somebody else at that time, will have a pot
of money to go to. But we don’t have any intention of asking taxpayers for any
the board has also eliminated all parental academic fees.
be assured that the district is doing everything it can to keep students safe.
While Brandt said he couldn’t discuss many details of the new security
procedures, he mentioned new cameras, reworked doors and an alarm system that
uses new key cards for all staff.
“We have doubled the number of cameras in
the district. All of the doors in the buildings are now monitored and will
notify administrators if someone is coming/going without permission. This
allows us to keep track of who is coming and going,” Seals said. “I remember a
few years ago a fence jumper was able to bypass the muti-million dollar
security and walk into the White House. He was able to do this because the
front door was unlocked. The first step in security is to lock the door.”
the district has also hired a fulltime dedicated resource officer (Ryan Patton,
from the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office).
big deal for us. Someone with a great deal of experience, and we’re really
thrilled to have a sheriff’s department presence here all day every day,”
CNE, in partnership with the community, will provide students
with the skills and exploratory experiences that enable them to reach their fullest
potential. To accomplish this, the CNE staff will:
- Strive to make children confident and creative builders of
- Research, design, and provide the best academic program and
learning environment possible for students.
Schools in the CNE District include Clermont Northeastern High
School, Clermont Northeastern Middle School, Clermont Northeastern Elementary
School and Clermont Northeastern Preschool.