TWINSBURG — Blended learning classrooms, refinished gyms and new Chromebook carts are a few of the highlights waiting for students as they return to class Wednesday.

"The district has been very busy preparing for a new school year," said Superintendent Kathryn Powers in her welcome statements posted on the district's website.

Projects the district has implemented include:

• Refinished and repainted gym floors at RB Chamberlin Middle School and Twinsburg High School;

• Chromebook carts for the middle school;

• Roof repairs at the middle school;

• LED lighting upgrades in the multipurpose rooms and gyms at Wilcox Primary and Bissell Elementary, and in the auditoriums at Dodge Intermediate and the middle school;

• Upgrades of the HVAC system and fire alarm panel at Wilcox; and

• Upgrades to the air conditioning system at Bissell.

In the last school year, the district started requesting feedback on a new strategic plan, including a possible construction project called the Conceptual Legacy Project, Powers said. The school board is expected to "finalize and approve the Strategic Plan this fall."

"The main focus of the Conceptual Legacy Project is George G. Dodge Intermediate School and whether the school should be replaced with a new building," Powers said. "To that end, this summer, our Business Manager Chad Welker and I presented the first draft of the Conceptual Legacy Project to elected officials in the City of Twinsburg, Twinsburg Township, and the Village of Reminderville. As the new school year gets underway, a number of community forums will be scheduled to present information about the Conceptual Legacy Project and to gather your feedback."

Dates and meal prices

Thanksgiving holiday is Nov. 27 through 29. Winter break is Dec. 23 through Jan. 3, and spring break is March 23 through 27. The last day for students is June 2.

The school district offers both breakfast and lunch. Breakfast at all schools is $1.5. Lunch is $2.75 at Bissell and Wilcox, and $3 at Dodge, RB Chamberlin and the high school.

Visit http://www.twinsburg.k12.oh.us/foodserviceswellness.aspx for information on menus or on applying for free or reduced meals.

Academy at Twinsburg High School

This year's kick-off event for Academy at Twinsburg High School is Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. in the Twinsburg High School auditorium.

The panel includes Derek Badt, Group Event Specialist from the Cleveland Cavaliers, Jennifer Goings Smith, Director of Delivery for the Eaton Corp, Dr. Roger Goudy the President of AAU, and Roseanne Potter the CFO of the Cleveland Foundation.

Students must register by Sept. 9 to attend. Visit http://www.twinsburg.k12.oh.us/TheAcademy.aspx for details and to register.

Online forms

Parents can register and confirm their child's information through PowerSchool Registration (formerly known as InfoSnap).

"PowerSchool Registration provides a secure site and offers parents the ability to complete some of the required paperwork, such as emergency medical information, in a manner that avoids the need to retype or rewrite the same information on multiple forms," Powers said. "PowerSchool Registration allows the District to distribute forms to our families in an electronic format which will in turn reduce costs for paper and postage."

Parents will receive a separate letter in the mail with information on their PowerSchool Registration account, Powers added.

Student feels also can be paid online, Powers said. For details, visit the district's website at www.twinsburg.k12.oh.us, or call Brian Fantone, Athletic Director/Coordinator of K-12 Student Activities at 330-486-2480, or EZ Pay at 866-693-9729.

Reporter April Helms can be reached at 330-541-9423, ahelms@recordpub.com, or @AprilKHelms_RPC