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Superintendent's Message


John Stoddard
Superintendent

September 2021

Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,

With the 2021-2022 school year now in full swing, I commend the students, staff and families for remaining diligently committed to a safe and successful education. Keep in mind that as we move through the fall months, we eagerly approach the transition timeline to the new school building, as outlined below:

  • Our plan remains that the projected move in date for the new school is January 2022
  • As of now, our last student day in the current schools will be Tuesday, December 21st
  • The first semester will end at the Winter Break

Each building is currently finalizing its plans to commemorate the closing of their respective building, and they will be sharing those plans with families in the coming weeks. Ledgemont recently announced their celebration on October 2nd. The Berkshire Local Schools is planning to host a series of tours and open houses for the new school, which will be held the week of January 3, 2022. Classes will resume at the new school on Monday, January 10, 2022, which is the beginning of the second semester.

 

We realize the transition is a few months away, but it will come quick. Our school district leadership wants you to remain informed and aware of the timeline.

 

Berkshire Treasurer’s Office Earns High Commendation

A special word of congratulations goes out to District Treasurer Beth McCaffrey and the entire Treasurer’s Office, for earning the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence from the Government Finance Officers Association. This award is given to Treasurers who demonstrate excellence in financial reporting, and for producing a comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2020. The district’s impeccable reporting was determined to reflect the “highest standards, which includes demonstrating a constructive spirit of full disclosure,” according to a letter of recognition from the GFOA, and which can be read nearby. Congratulations to Treasurer Beth McCaffrey and the entire finance team of the Berkshire Local Schools.

Partnership with PublicSchoolWORKS Helps Report Bullying and Student Safety Concerns

As part of our continued commitment to preventing bullying and promoting a safe school environment, Berkshire Local Schools has partnered with PublicSchoolWORKS, the leading provider of K-12 school safety and compliance programs, to introduce the “Stay Safe. Speak Up!” safety reporting system. The program gives students, families, and staff multiple ways to report safety concerns 24/7, as well educational resources for staff, students and parents covering a variety of student bullying, safety, and mental health crises. Concerns can be reported by MobileApp, by phone or online. Visit the website directly for more information. When safety or bullying reports are submitted, key administrators are automatically notified via email – or phone in the case of an emergency – to investigate and resolve reports. All reports are stored in one centralized online location so Berkshire Local School District can document and investigate incidents and monitor safety trends. We hope that this partnership enables the community to ensure a positive learning environment for every student.

Berkshire Student is Real-Life Superhero, Saves Individual’s Life

Finally, a special word of congratulations goes out to 8th grader Danny Tiller, who became a superhero recently by quickly responding to a life-threatening situation during a recent holiday weekend trip, and in the process, saving another individual’s life. Upon recognizing that an individual was unconscious and not breathing, Danny immediately checked for a pulse and began CPR. He successfully resuscitated the individual who was taken to a nearby hospital, and where medical officials concur that without Danny’s calm and quick action, the outcome would have been very different. Danny’s brother Ryan, a 6th grader in our school district, also played a vital role in helping with the rescue. When you see Danny or Ryan Tiller, congratulate them for their life-saving heroism. Their strength, character and honor are models for us all.

Thank you for your continued support, and as always, GO BADGERS!

 

John Stoddard
Superintendent 
Berkshire Local Schools




9/21/2021


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