In an effort to continually remain proactive and thoughtful about the future of the Berkshire Schools, Superintendent John Stoddard recently participated in a collaborative meeting among several organizations to explore the future and best use of the facilities and properties of the District once the construction of the new school campus is completed. Joining Tracy Jemison of the Geauga Growth Partnership, representatives from First Energy’s economic development consulting team and the Berkshire Community Planning Association, Superintendent Stoddard began the discussion by summarizing the P.R.I.M.E. initiative and then leading a discussion of the best ways to analyze the marketplace for future use of the current facilities. The Berkshire Schools, throughout this conversation, will remain dedicated to upholding the character and charm of the community while pursuing the highest and best value for the property use over the long term. After sharing with the partners at the table the District’s desire for a market study that would yield potential usage options, the Berkshire Schools hopes to convene a potential partnership with the Kent State University School of Urban Design for a vital community engagement component. This meeting represents only a first step in the process of being proactive and dedicated to the best long-term interests for the Berkshire Schools and the communities it serves, during these planning and design phases for the new facility. Stay tuned for more updates in the near future.