Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

On behalf of the entire school district, Happy New Year! The Berkshire Local Schools is poised for success with the start of another calendar year and is prepared to continue communicating all of the major milestones with the residents that comprise our District.

The P.R.I.M.E. initiative will take another step forward next month at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on February 11, 2019, beginning at 6 p.m. at the Board Office. At this meeting, the District intends to publicly share its initial renderings from the architecture team to the community regarding the new PreK-12 facility. Although the renderings to be presented will be preliminary in nature, they will certainly reflect the feedback that was given last fall during the series of public meetings and charettes that were held with parents, stakeholders and staff. The drawings that will be presented also demonstrate the collaboration the District maintains with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission as well. Please plan to attend the Board Meeting on Monday, February 11, 2019, at 6 p.m. to learn more.

At the District’s most recent Board of Education meeting, a handful of first grade students delivered a presentation on the various Project Based Learning assignments that they have been given over the last several weeks. As the Berkshire Local Schools have made a routine of inviting student groups to the Board of Education meetings, the leadership of the District as well as the community, have been able to see firsthand the positive impact that Project Based Learning is having on our children. Great job to our first grade students for their preparation, professionalism and project-based presentation.

Finally, the month of January in the State of Ohio is Board of Education recognition month. At the most recent Board of Education meeting, the District formally recognized the public service of the five dedicated members of the Berkshire Local Schools for their leadership and vision. They were each presented with a certificate of appreciation. The Board of Education plays a vital role in setting the strategic direction for our District. They make vital policy decisions in tandem with the administration on behalf of students and promote their best interests. The Board serves as an important liaison between the community-at-large and the administration of the schools, and are integrally involved with allocation of funds, the academic trajectory of the District and improvement of public assets and facilities. Please join me in commending Mr. Jim Boyd, Mrs. Robin Stanley, Mr. John Manfredi, Mrs. Barbara Raikes, and Mr. Bryan Wadsworth, our loyal and dedicated Board of Education.

Thank you for your continued support of the Berkshire Local Schools!



John Stoddard

Superintendent of Schools


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