iCan Swim Camp

iCan Swim Camp Registration Open!

We are excited to bring  iCan Swim Camp back this summer! Partnering with the YMCA, adaptive instructors will work with people with disabilities ages three and up. This year’s camp is July 8th-July 12th, 2024. To learn more and register, click here!

Admin Building Updated Office Hours

Starting this week, the front desk at the Admin/SSA Office (167 West Main Street) will be closed daily for lunch from 11:30am-12:30pm. If you need to reach an employee, you may still call the office at 740-773-8044 or for SSAs 740-775-7044.

Staff Spotlight: Lindsay Kemper

Job Title: Pioneer School NursePioneer Employee for 5 years Tell us a little about yourself.I have been a nurse since 2007 and previously worked at Adena Hospital. I am married to Noah and we have two boys — Max and Miles. We also have a 1.5-year-old Goldendoodle named Molly. What was one of your first/most memorable jobs growing up?My first …

Sensory Friendly Events Columbus Zoo & Aquarium

Columbus Zoo & Aquarium Sensory Friendly Events

The Columbus Zoo & Aquarium has released their season of sensory-friendly programs, starting with a sensory-friendly Summer Night on May 26 from 5:30pm-8:00pm. There will be smaller crowds because reservations are required, music throughout the park will be turned off, and sensory kits with noise-canceling headphones, sunglasses, and fidget devices will be available at Guest Relations. Tickets can be purchased …

Staff Spotlight: Heather Chaney

Job Title: Service & Support AdministratorPioneer Employee for 22 years Tell us a little about yourself.I am the proud Auntie of 2 nephews, Derek and Mason. I am going to be a great aunt this summer. Parker Grace is due in July. I am owned by 2 cats, Charleigh and Charlotte. What was one of your first/most memorable jobs growing …

A Message from Superintendent Amy Beeler

Teacher Appreciation Week — A Message from Superintendent Amy Beeler

Dear Pioneer Center Community, It’s hard to believe May is already here, and I am so thankful for the way the Pioneer staff has worked together to make this another successful year for our students. As we wrap up Teacher Appreciation Week, I want to share my heartfelt gratitude for all the teachers and teachers’ assistants at Pioneer School. I …

2022-2023 Pioneer Program Calendars

At the April Board Meeting, the Ross County Board of DD approved the following Pioneer Center Program Calendar. Click to download the PDF files below. 2022-2023 Pioneer School Calendar 2022-2023 Pioneer Preschool Calendar 2022-2023 EI Calendar 2022-2023 12-Month Employee Calendar

Staff Spotlight: Julie Cooper

Job Title: Instructor AssistantPioneer Employee since 2020, aide through ESD since 2015 Tell us a little about yourself.I’ve been married to Scott Cooper for 36 years. I have four children and four grandkids that keep me busy. We have 6 dogs numerous cats and a flock of chickens. What was one of your first/most memorable jobs growing up?My first job …

DD Awareness Month 2022

For many of us in the disability community, every day is awareness day. But every March we try to spend a little extra time advocating and spreading awareness in the spirit of National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Each March we select a theme to guide our efforts for the month and this year our theme is #InclusionMatters. When we work …

Landrum Endowment Fund

2022 Landrum Grant Funds Now Available

The Foundation for Appalachian Ohio and the Ross County Board of Developmental Disabilities are pleased to announce a grant opportunity that will support projects related to improving lives of individuals with developmental disabilities in Ross County, Ohio. Applications are due by Monday, January 31, 2022. The grant round will specifically focus on the areas of advocacy, community inclusion, community employment, …