Cardinal Intermediate School
16000 East High Street
Middlefield, Ohio 44062
Cardinal Business Collaborative: A concept for the future………..
The Cardinal Local School District is truly in a unique position as we move into the future. This year we moved our 3rd and 4th grade students and teachers from the Cardinal Intermediate School building to A.J. Jordak Elementary School. Herein lies the opportunity. Already we have reached an agreement with Family Pride of Northeast Ohio as they will lease space to provide counseling and social work services for the community and our schools.
The concept that I believe can have an impact on school, business, and community is what I am calling the Cardinal Business Collaborative. The concept is to partner with our local businesses to provide space in the CIS building that our businesses can utilize for large group training, professional development, job fairs, and online coursework for training and college credit. We actually have a direct pipeline for a specific group of students who wish to enter a career immediately after high school…what a great opportunity for us to collectively bring businesses to the schools and students to businesses. Similar to the Cleveland Indians farm team, (where they send out their talent scouts to target that six foot one, 210 lb. fourteen year old pitcher who throws a 95 mph fastball) this concept allows for our local business “talent scouts” to bring along young future employees into their organizations.
Although, at this time, this is only a concept there is genuine interest from our local businesses and their support organizations (GGP/Chamber of Commerce) to build on this idea to bring it to fruition. As we prepare this year to engage in a strategic planning process to set a foundation for our future I can say with certainty that I will continue to work to bring the community back to Cardinal! #HuskiePride!
Scott J. Hunt, EdD