Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

badgerAugust 2017


Berkshire Local Schools Community Member:


Our first day of classes is just around the corner, and I wanted take this opportunity to introduce myself and my family. I come to Berkshire from the Oak Hills Local School District where I served the community for seventeen years in many different roles. Most recently I served as the Oak Hills High School principal.  During my time with Oak Hills, I have been a principal at the Elementary and Middle Schools as well as serving as a 7th grade Science teacher. My wife, Rena, and I have been married for 19 years (high school sweethearts). We have three children. Max is going into his senior year in high school. Lucas will be starting the eighth grade and Hayley will be starting the sixth grade. Rena also worked for the Oak Hills Local School District as an elementary school secretary. Everyone we have met from the community has made us feel welcome, and we look forward to becoming part of the great traditions that have been established here.


The opening day for students is Wednesday, August 23. If your child will be participating on an athletic team this school year, there will not be a pay to participate fee again this year.  For students who haven’t signed up for a fall sport but have interest or questions, please contact Brian Hiscox, Athletic Director, at 440-834-3380, ext. 3624.


School start and end times are shown in the table below:


          Start Time

               End Time

Berkshire Junior/Senior High

           7:45 a.m.

               2:41 a.m.

Burton Elementary School

           8:45 a.m.

               3:15 a.m.

Ledgemont Elementary School

           9:00 a.m.

               3:30 a.m.


Bus schedules will be posted on Berkshire’s website, www.berkshireschools.orgas soon as they are finalized.  Other information about our district including: 2017/2018 School Calendar, school supply lists for grades K – 7, staff e-mails and the Parent Portal can be found on the website.  Grades 8-12 will receive supply lists from teachers on the first day of school.

 PLEASE NOTE:  Berkshire Schools will not be in session from August 30 – September 5 due to the Geauga County Fair and Labor Day.

REMINDER:  Berkshire Junior/Senior High School, Burton Elementary, and Ledgemont Elementary will be on an adjusted bell schedule on Thursday’s to provide time at the end of the day for team meetings. On those days, our junior/senior high school students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m. Burton Elementary School students will be dismissed at 2:30 p.m., and Ledgemont Elementary School students will be dismissed at 2:45 p.m.


The district faces many exciting new opportunities over the next several months. Our number one priority is continuing the great educational program that we have at Berkshire. I look forward to us working together towards that goal and the many others that we will encounter. Take care and we will see you in a few weeks.



John Stoddard
Berkshire Local School District


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