Key Accomplishments

Through the years, the priorities of the Heartland Education Community, Inc. have evolved to serve the needs of the Orrville community.

Heartland’s priorities have resulted in the following, which are a small sampling of various Heartland activities:

 Character Education and Citizenship

  • Designation as a State School of Character and Finalist for the National School of Character in 2013
  • Partnership with the Institute for Global Ethics
  • Support of community and Orrville schools staff training programs
  • Creation of “Character Kits” resource guides for faculty members
  • Creation of the "Word of the Month" initiative
  • Sponsorship of Orrville’s annual Character Education Week
  • Expansion of the Junior Achievement program to the elementary levels
  • Participating with Orrville High School and Orrville Middle School in the Institute for Global Ethics Ethical Literacy project

 Connecting Learning to Life

  • Explored concepts for connecting curriculum to real life applications
  • Creation of Work Exploration Program
  • Development of School to Work grant initiative


  • Established district-wide technology plan
  • Assisted with technology implementation and funding plan

 School Facilities Plan

  • Creation and support of long range facilities plan
  • Explore and implement middle school concept, including construction of new building
  • Support for construction of a new consolidated elementary school building and high school addition and renovation

 Continuous Improvement Planning and Staff Development

  • Sponsored curriculum enhancement and Ohio Proficiency Standards training
  • Facilitated Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation – History and Science Institutes
  • Conducted Kepner-Tregoe Problem Solving and Decision Making Training
  • Assisted with development of district’s continuous improvement plan
  • Provided support for the creation and implementation of the district’s strategic plan
  • Provided support for Success School and College Academy initiatives

 Community Education Programs

  • Sponsored family math and family literacy parties
  • Supported the Ohio Reads initiative and the transition to funding the program locally as Orrville Reads when state funds were no longer available
  • Educational programming for all ages through Heartland Point Lifelong Learning activities 


  • Publication of district calendar and annual report
  • Creation of OrrViews community paper
  • Creation of the Heartland website

 Awards and Special Recognition

  • Secretary of Education, Lamar Alexander A+ Excellence in EducationTM Award
  • Ohio’s BEST Practices Award
  • Battelle for Kids Pilot Project
  • Promising Practices Award for Word of the Month Program from Ohio Partners in Character Education and Character Education Partnership