@ The Table: Chardon schools superintendent

7:05 PM, Apr 24, 2012   |    comments
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CHARDON --  Prom is right around the corner for students at Chardon High School and soon after, yet another milestone in a teen's life -- graduation.

But all of these celebratory events have no doubt been dampened by the events of Feb. 27. 

Chardon Schools Superintendent Joe Bergant sat down @ The Table to talk about the transition.

"We still have to restore the environment but part of getting things back to a new normal, like the prom, will help," Bergant said.

Chardon High School is filled with help and hope in the form of messages of mostly strangers. There are thousands that paper the walls of the school, where life changed when time stopped Feb. 27.

Support also came in the form of votes, as Chardon won the "Rock Your Prom" contest. 

But for Bergant, these days, a Chardon win is still coupled with loss.

"Sometimes it's hard to accept a lot of those things because you always think of those three families," Bergant said.

Demetrius Hewlin, Russell King Jr., and Danny Parmertor are gone. Their lockers are memorialized by their classmates.

"Those particular lockers, obviously, till the end of the school year, they'll remain that way. I don't know if they're contemplating on keeping them that way forever. I don't know that answer to that," said Bergant.  

Eventually, the cards, the banners, the posters will come down.  How or when, seems to be up to students. 

Administrators will be meeting with several different student groups, to help determine when things should start to come down and what they'd like to do with them. 

Bergant, who had plans to retire this July prior to the shooting, says his place is here.

He's decided to put off his retirement plans and stay one more year to help see the junior class through their high school graduation.

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