Avon Schools: Social Media Recap

Avon Performing Arts Center Beam Signing

Avon Schools held a ceremonial “signing of the beam” for the new Performing Arts Center on March 25.

Students from various performing arts groups at the high school took part in the event.

The beams were provided by the construction company for student and staff signatures.

The event took place in the high school orchestra room.

In 2019, Avon voters approved a 0.98-mill 10-year bond issue to finance the Performing Arts Center. Additional monies from the district’s permanent improvement funds will be used to supplement the cost of the kitchen and common area renovations at the high school.

The 61,344 sq ft. Performing Arts Center is expected to open in November at a value of $17 million.

According to Construction Management Co. Dunlop & Johnston, Inc., the firm is constructing a 27,790 sq. ft. primary auditorium addition, a 14,660 sq. ft. secondary auditorium addition, renovating 4,891 sq. ft. of existing space, and building a 2,368 sq. ft. orchestra pit which will be housed below the 4,000 sq. ft. stage. The newly renovated and constructed addition will increase seating capacity from 608 to 1,600. Additionally, they are renovating Avon High School’s cafeteria which encompasses 3,890 sq. ft. next to the 2,145 sq. ft. commons addition. Thank you also to the Architectural Vision Group.

Brandon Guyer, Reads to Avon Kindergartners

Former Cleveland Indians player Brandon Guyer read a special story to our kindergartners this week. The students also asked him a variety of questions, including, “What was his best game ever?” His reply, “Even though we didn’t win, Game 7 of the 2016 World Series I will remember forever. The excitement in the stadium was crazy.” Let’s go Tribe! #AvonInspires

Avon Schools: We Will Miss You, Dr. Koehler!

The beloved Dr. Koehler with students in a pre-pandemic photo. Story and photo courtesy of Support Avon Schools Facebook, www.facebook.com/supportavonschools/

We are going to miss your Koehler Kook-outs!!

Thank you Dr. Koehler for everything!! #AvonInspires

After 43 years in education, Dr. Craig Koehler recently announced that he plans to retire, effective July 31, 2021, as the principal at Avon Middle School.

In 1994 he joined the administrative team of the Avon Local Schools. Having a school guidance and counseling background, he moved into administration after receiving two masters degrees (M.Ed) and an educational specialist degree (Ed.S.). In 1988 he began work on his doctorate at Kent State University and earned a Ph.D. in Educational Administration (Leadership K-12 with dissertation studies in Transformational Leadership). In 1995 Dr. Koehler earned his certification in school superintendence from the Ohio Department of Education.

Under Dr. Koehler’s leadership, Avon Middle School was named a 2020 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

“One of the greatest joys of my life has been to have the honor and privilege of being instrumental in assembling a dynamic professional team at Avon Middle School that is like no other,” said Dr. Koehler.

Over four decades, Dr. Koehler has witnessed many changes in education and students.

“I have seen certain trends at different times,” he said. “Kids’ needs have relatively stayed the same, but I think challenges change from time to time. The advent of the electronic era and increase in technology has made it more complicated for families and children to navigate through.”

As for his best memory after all these years, Dr. Koehler had this to say, “When we first became a middle school in 1998, we had been a part of the high school and not having our own identity. We were able to form that identity as a “brand new” school in the Avon district. Also, having the honor and privilege of working to build our new middle school will always be a highlight for me”

Currently, Dr. Koehler is a member/board member of the following associations and organizations: Lorain County Prevention Connection (President/Board of Directors), LifeShare Legacy Foundation (Advisor), Avon Schools Education Endowment Fund (Member/Board of Trustees), Lorain Community Music Theatre (Vice President/Board of Directors), Lorain Public Library System Foundation (Member/Board of Directors), Lorain County School Crisis Counseling Team (Advisor), Southwestern Conference – Middle School Division (Member), Young Life-WyldLife (Advisor), Christian Educators Association International (Member), Ohio Middle Level Association (Member), Bay Presbyterian PreSchool (Member/Board of Elders), Avon Kiwanis Club (President/Board of Directors), and International Writers Association (Member).

His plans for retirement include traveling and writing more books, as well as doing some consulting work.

“I would like to thank Dr. Koehler for his years of service to the Avon Local Schools, our students and their families,” said Mike Laub, Avon Local Schools superintendent. “As superintendent, I am appreciative of his hard work and the positive contributions he made to Avon Middle School and our district. As a parent of two students who attended Avon Middle School, I feel fortunate they had the opportunity to attend a building he led. I wish him the best as he transitions to a time of rest and relaxation, as he deserves it.”

Dr. Koehler is an accomplished author. He has authored a series of fantasy novels for middle and young-adult readers titled, “So Many Secrets.” His latest literary work, “Sea Without a Shore (Book Five),” was released this past February. The artist and illustrator behind the series is Stacy M. Cislo, Avon Middle School art teacher. Fantasy and science fiction readers can follow the adventures at www.somanysecretsseries.com.

Dr. Koehler is married and has two daughters (one is pursuing a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, while the other practices in the field of occupational therapy), and has one grandchild. Both daughters are graduates of Avon High School.


“What Music Means to You”

Mr. Martin recently asked his Avon High School orchestra members to describe in one word, ‘What music means to you’. Below is the response from the 145 members of the AHS orchestra. March is National Music in our Schools month. #AvonInspires

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