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Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

June  2022

Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,

The Berkshire Local Schools hosted its annual commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 22nd for the very first time in our brand new, state-of-the-art PreK-12 facility. Festivities began as graduates from the Class of 2022 began congregating in the new administrative offices wing of the new facility. Then, the ceremony continued in the new gymnasium, with remarks from both me and Principal Jon Franks. One-by-one, graduates of the Class of 2022 filed onto the stage to receive their diplomas and experience their very final official moments as 12th grade students in the Berkshire Local Schools. 

On behalf of everyone in the school district, congratulations to our graduating Class of 2022, all the best in your future endeavors, and please remember that you are always a Badger. Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, August 9th at 6 p.m. as the Berkshire Local Schools will have a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new facility which will open for the 2022-2023 school year. The ribbon cutting ceremony will begin at 6 p.m., and the community will be invited to participate and then tour the facility. Some of the highlights that will be seen by the community include the state-of-the-art auditorium and beautiful new gymnasium. Participants will also have the chance to see the maker spaces and Innovation Labs that will inspire creativity and project-based learning. Keep on the lookout for more information on this ribbon cutting ceremony!

As many in the Berkshire Schools family may be aware, House Bill 99 was recently signed into law by Governor Dewine, allowing an employee of a school district to voluntarily be armed while on the school premises. Despite this enactment, I want to share with our school family that the Berkshire Local School District has no plans to arm teachers or staff members. We have a full time School Resource Officer, who is armed for the protection of our students and staff. Safety and security of our students and staff continues to be the top priority of this district, and we will continue to ensure that priority through the collaborative working relationship with the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office and the Village of Burton Police Department, as well as the safety and security features that are a part of our new school. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Congratulations to the Burton Elementary artists who participated in a very fun and creative charitable community art project and auction recently, entitled Garden Pole Greatness. Each grade level from Kindergarten through 6th purchased, then artistically designed a garden pole, graciously donated by our Burton Elementary teachers. The top designs were sent out to the classrooms for the students and staff to choose their favorite designs and select 2- 4 artists to create their class’s very own garden pole, which will be on display in Burton Circle until July 29th. Not only did our students act in a professional artist manner, but they served as heroes for our community since each post will be auctioned off online through Burton Village Now, with proceeds benefitting the family of a 3-year old, Charlotte Ahrens, affectionately known as Little Lottie, who is diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Hypertension. Way to go!

The Berkshire Local Schools’ beloved Badger Lab students took their vocational program to a local fishing hole in an event hosted by Geauga County Commissioner Jim Dvorak in the process. As an annual fishing event during which area first responders, veterans and other local volunteers spend a day fishing with our students. Commissioner Dvorak shares that the event is “…not a derby, not a competition, but an activity at which we’re all happy to be together.” Led by Mrs. Brzozowski, the Badger Lab students expressed how grateful they were to be invited to his annual event, which took place at the Walter Best Wildlife Refuge in Chardon. Badger Lab students had the opportunity to fish, relax, socialize, explore local firetrucks and ambulances. On behalf of Mrs. Brzozowski, and the Berkshire Local Schools, thank you to Commissioner Dvorak, for inviting our Badger Lab students to play a role in this year’s fishing event! Have a safe and enjoyable summer! 

Thank you for your continued support.


John Stoddard
Berkshire Local Schools


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