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Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

July 2021

Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,

On behalf of the Board of Education and everyone in the administration of the Berkshire Schools, I hope you are enjoying a safe, fun and active summer. Though still a few weeks away from the start of the 2021-2022 School Year, which begins on Tuesday, August 17th in our current school buildings, the District’s leadership has been diligently working to prepare for a streamlined and responsible kickoff to this important transition year.

First and foremost, please join me in welcoming Jonathan Franks as the new High School Principal and Heather Giel as the new High School Assistant Principal, who were officially hired by the Board of Education at the Regular Meeting on Monday, July 12, 2021. Jonathan Franks is a Berkshire Local Schools alumnus who has spent the past six years as a Principal in the Springboro Local School District in southwest Ohio. Heather Giel is no stranger to the Jr./Sr. High School, and we are excited to see her elevate into this administrative role.  Mr. Franks and Mrs. Giel join Mr. Hiscox, who will remain in his role as Athletic Director and Dean of Students. Welcome to this new capacity of serving Berkshire Badger students and staff!

In addition, the Berkshire Local Schools has updated and enhanced its Restart to the 2021-2022 School Year file, completed with valuable information regarding our protocols and policies. Specifically, the Berkshire Schools updated information about building start and end times, transportation, food services and more. Important links to CDC guidelines and other significant reminders are included in this revised Restart Plan as well. The District has posted this information to the website, and you can learn more about it and download the full plan by clicking here. A few important reminders:

  • Jr./Sr. High School start and end time will be: 7:30 a.m. until 2:10 p.m.
  • Burton Elementary and Ledgemont Elementary start and end time will be 8:35 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.
  • Our last day in the current buildings will be December 21st
  • Classes will resume after winter break on January 10th in the new facility

More details will be forthcoming over the coming weeks and months regarding our exciting and historic transition into the new facility. In addition, a variety of ‘farewell plans’ are being made for the buildings and other milestone activities. Please stay on the lookout.

Until then, take a few moments reviewing the Restart Plan as we approach the District’s start date of Tuesday, August 17th. Thank you for your continued support of the Berkshire Local Schools.

Enjoy the rest of your summer

Please be sure to check the website throughout the next several months. Have a safe and enjoyable summer. Go Badgers!


John Stoddard
Berkshire Local Schools


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