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Superintendent's Message

John Stoddard

On behalf of everyone in the District, Happy New Year! As we collectively march into the new calendar year, students and staff in the Berkshire Local Schools do so with confidence and sense of excitement for many new initiatives underway. Project Based Learning continues to further prepare our learners with real world life skills that promote critical thinking and problem-solving opportunities. Our PreK-12 building will take great strides forward in the coming year and we thank everyone for their continued support of the project.

The Berkshire Local Schools hosted its Organizational Meeting earlier in the month and formally welcomed two new members to the Board of Education, Mary Hipp and Linda Stone. These incoming members, along with John Manfredi, Jody Miller and Bryan Wadsworth comprise our very dedicated Board of Education. The month of January is Board Recognition Month in the State of Ohio, and on behalf of everyone in our District, I thank the Board of Education for their tireless efforts to advance our school district. They have cast a bold vision for the future and are helping to fulfill it each and every day. In serving as the primary liaison between the school district and the community, the Board of Education helps to answer questions, set policy and help to enact meaningful change for our students. Please join me in congratulating and thanking our Board of Education.

Another special message of gratitude is extended to Junction Auto for a very generous donation that the Babcock Family recently made to the Berkshire Educational Foundation of $125,000. This extraordinary charity was made to help offset costs associated with the athletics facility of the new project. As a locally owned family business for many years, Junction Auto and the Babcock family are to be commended for their generosity and commitment to our school district. A recent ceremony commemorated their donation, pictures from which can be seen below on online. Thank you very much!

As a reminder, many opportunities exist for everyone to donate to the Berkshire Educational Foundation at varying dollar amounts. Please see the Berkshire Educational Foundation page on our Web site to learn more about your involvement.

On Saturday, January 11th, the Berkshire Junior High Power of the Pen team competed at the District meet at Lake Erie College and earned high honors. Of the five seventh grade team members, three writers finished in the top twelve out of hundreds in the competition India Martin placed twelfth, Aerowyn Dacek finished tenth, and Ella Yoder came in seventh place! After much effort and practice, these two teams proved their talent by writing for three forty-minute rounds. The eighth grade team earned third place in the competition, earning a district trophy. Vicky Spanos placed third place as an individual! Both teams are preparing for the Regional Tournament. Learn more by reading the story online and viewing pictures.

Finally, in another fantastic representation, Berkshire High School Senior Grace Lillibridge was recently featured in a promotional video from University Hospitals Sport Medicine Team along with other athletes from in and around the area. In the video, Grace is featured in her football uniform, as she was a participant on this past season’s Varsity Football team serving as a kicker. Be sure to check out this video posted on our Home Page.

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



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