Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

With a great deal of enthusiasm, I am writing to share with you that Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School was named Fox-8 News “Cool School of the Week,” and was broadcast on the  Fox-8 News morning program. Being named the Fox-8 “Cool School of the Week,” means that Berkshire Jr./Sr. High School received the most votes from an online poll among three schools in the area who were nominated. Congratulations to the students and staff for creating such positive momentum with our academic achievement and stellar extra and co-curricular activity performance. You can watch the broadcast here.

Among the many reasons that the Berkshire Schools are nominated and voted for such commendations are the constructive stories that emanate from our schools, demonstrating the staff and student commitment to our educational approach. One such accolade comes from Ledgemont Elementary School, where veteran teacher Mr. Morbeto was recently named the Geauga County Innovative Teacher of the Year, by the Geauga County Educational Services Center. This award signifies the passion that Mr. Morbeto demonstrates on a regular basis to encourage his students to dig deeper into curriculum, think critically about solving problems and to write with conviction.  As a math and language arts teacher, Mr. Morbeto has developed a variety of innovative learning methods to which students truly respond. On behalf of the Berkshire Local Schools, congratulations to Ledgemont Elementary Teacher Matt Morbeto for being named this year’s Geauga County Innovative Teacher of the Year.

We also saw great accomplishments taking place at Burton Elementary School; including the team of 5th and 6th grade “Mathletes,” who successfully participated in a recent Math Problem Solving Tournament, sponsored by The Greater Cleveland Council of Mathematics Teachers. The purpose of the tournament was to promote enthusiasm for mathematics and to recognize students for their interest and talents in problem solving.  Our very own BE students engaged in teamwork as they experienced challenging problems in a competitive setting.  Various events consisted of a team problem solving round, a mental math round, and a team construction activity. A special thanks goes out to the Burton Elementary School PTO for funding our students’ participation in this competitive, educational event.

Finally, to help promote the passion that clearly exists in our community for the performing arts, a new partnership has been created with Curtain 440, a new theatrical company in Geauga County, run by established director, author, theater artist and teacher, Angela Miloro-Hansen. The upcoming summer production of two separation performances, Disney’s Frozen Junior and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, is seeking student performers of all ages for the opportunity to participate. Production rehearsal for those interested in Frozen Junior will take place for students ages 9 through 16, Monday through Thursday, June 10th – July 18th with actual performances taking place Thursday, July 18th and Friday, July 19th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 20th at 2 p.m. The production of Beauty and the Beast seeks students ages 7 through 13 and will rehearse Monday through Thursdays, June 17th through July 25th. Production performances for Beauty and the Beast will be Thursday, July 25th and Friday, July 26th at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 27th at 2 p.m. All rehearsals and performances will take place at Berkshire High School. Those students interested should contact Angela Miloro-Hansen by registering online at or by contacting Angela Miloro-Hansen by email at Please take a moment to consider this new and exciting new opportunity for students in our District.

More information about all of these events can be found online at the Berkshire Local Schools website. 

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



John Stoddard

Superintendent of Schools


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