Short family supports technology at Warren schools

For the Short family, Go Warriors has meant: Go into the future.

Allen Short served as the principal at Warren High School from 1970 through 1982, and his wife, Nancy Short, taught sixth grade at Little Hocking Elementary School. All four of their sons are Warren graduates. In gratitude to the school district that provided them with both educations and careers, the family in 2004 established the Warren Local Schools Technology Fund.

“They’ve done some fantastic projects; every other year or so they’ll come to us with a project, and we’ve been able to support it,” Andy Short, youngest of the family, said Monday. “It’s been a great relationship, and it’s an awesome feeling to be able to give back to the school system that has done so much for us.”

The latest project is upgrading the aging wi-fi at Warren Middle School, a $17,600 system replacement that will form the basis for systems throughout the district’s new buildings.

“This gift is a big deal for our district and for Warren Middle School,” district technology coordinator Scott Elzey said. “The wireless internet at the middle school is over seven years old, and as with any technology that is seven years old, it is out of date and needing an upgrade.”

Elzey said the district can now set up the new elementary and high school buildings to integrate with the new system at the middle school, and the gift from the Short family also will free up money that would have been invested in the system to be used for additional technology for students.

Warren is well into a $63 million building project that ultimately will put up new high school and elementary school buildings adjacent to the middle school, which will be expanded and modernized.

Andy Short said the fund came about to honor both the family and its connection with the Warriors. In 2005, Allen and Nancy marked their 50th wedding anniversary. Andy and his brothers Rodney and Ken were thinking of ways to commemorate their parents, the family’s connection to Warren, and the memory of their brother Darrell, who two years previously had died of cancer.

“Darrell worked for IBM, after he got a marketing degree from The Ohio State University, back in 1981 to 1987, and tech was really just taking off, personal computers were coming out, and he worked on a lot of projects for IBM. He could see where the megatrends were headed, and we thought it would be a great idea to help Warren gain access to this technology,” Andy said. “It was mom and dad’s 50th wedding anniversary, and to show our love and respect for all they had done for us, we came up with this local technology fund.”

In the past decade, the fund has provided more than $75,000 in technology grants to the district. The fund is administered through the Marietta Community Foundation.

Over the years the family has scattered, Andy said. He now lives in Georgia, Rodney resides in North Carolina, and Allen and Nancy, who marked 64 years of marriage in May, split their time between their Florida residence and visiting grandchildren. Ken Short is the only remaining family member in Ohio – he lives in Columbus and works for Peoples Bank.

Andy remains a dedicated Warrior.

“There are a lot of great people in that community who have supported the school system over the years,” he said.