Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

I hope that your summer is restful and relaxing and filled with the opportunities to spend time with family and friends. While students and staff are away, a number of important initiatives are underway in the District that prompt this email and should invite your interest.

Representatives from district’s contracted architectural firms, BSHM and Holabird & Root, delivered another public presentation update featuring the final schematic design and site plan of the new Prek-12 facility at the most recent meeting of the Berkshire Local Schools Board of Education on Monday, July 8, 2019.  The presentation featured a 3-D animated rendering of the campus which will be separated into various wings, or houses, by grade level, so that PreK-elementary, Middle School and High School students will be exclusively taught in their own respective areas of the building.  Each wing will have separate access to shared common areas including the cafeteria, auditorium and gyms.  Special features of the facility will include courtyard areas, nearby outdoor activity and athletic fields and a major focus on including natural lighting throughout.  The presentation also shared how the overall selection of façade materials, including varying colors of brick, were inspired by local architecture to reflect the civic and historic pride of the Geauga County heritage.  The Berkshire Local Schools community is able to view the full 3-D animated rendering of the new PreK-12 facility online.  Stay tuned for more exciting information regarding the construction process of the new PreK-12 campus.

Congratulations to Berkshire High School for earning the #38 ranking among high schools in Northeast Ohio according to the latest publication of U.S. News and World Report. Citing specially that a quarter of all high school students are currently enrolled in Advanced Placement courses, the student-to-teacher ratio of 20:1, mathematics and reading proficiency, US News and World Report elevated Berkshire High School onto this year’s top schools in Northeast Ohio along with some of the most elite public education institutions in the area. For years, U.S. News and World Report ranks more than 23,000 schools nationwide and is considered one of the most respected annual rankings in the country. Congratulations, once again, to the staff, students and families of Berkshire High School. Go Badgers!

Please keep in mind that the first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 21, 2019! Until then, please enjoy the rest of your summer!


John Stoddard

Superintendent of Schools


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