Sidney classroom designed with the boardroom in mind

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SIDNEY, Ohio (WDTN) — A local school district unveiled a classroom Thursday where the goal at the end isn’t just for students to get good grades but to get a job.

The state-of-the-art classroom at Sidney City Schools was furnished with $200,000 in contributions from Shelby County companies.

The idea is for the class to show kids the jobs they can get in the area.

“We want our kids that graduate from Sidney to understand the importance and availability of all these good jobs right in our backyard,” says Sidney Superintendent John Scheu.

Scheu says the class isn’t just for students who plan to get a job right after graduation.

He says what’s taught will also pay off for students who won’t enter the workforce until after college.

“We’re trying to teach them the social skills necessary to make them successful in the world of work whether they go to college or whether they enter the world of work after high school,” Scheu says.

Along with the class, Airstream donated $70,000 to create a trailer that will go to schools across Shelby County to show students what local companies have to offer them.

“I feel that having a good strong partnership between the schools and the businesses is what it’s all about,” Scheu says.

About 150 high school students will take the class and all of the middle school students at Sidney will go through the program as well. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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