Dear Berkshire Local Schools Community,
The excitement and progress of the construction of the District’s new PreK-12 facility continues to unfold as crews have now officially broken ground on the project. This early site work marks an important milestone in the project, as the activity will include the placement of a silt fence, stump grinding of trees that had been removed and initial grading work. The intention of the construction team is to get the building pad dug out, along with the installation of underground utilities, all before the winter snow season and frozen temperatures hit Northeast Ohio. Successful completion of these steps will permit the foundation for the facility to be poured in the Spring of 2020. The progress being made is all visible for the community to observe from the Geauga County Fairgrounds and eastern edge of the Kent State University grounds, but please note the construction fence while earthwork activity is underway. We will keep the community informed about important information and updates as they unfold.
In preparation for the new PreK-12 facility, and the educational space which it will provide, students at all grade levels continue to obtain real world, hands-on experience through a variety of Project Based Learning (P.B.L.’s, for short) activities and exercises. Often times, these P.B.L.’s take place in a Makerspace, an area, room or space that houses materials, tools, components, computers, and technology allowing children and adults to enter with an idea and leave with a completed project. The goal is to work together to learn, collaborate, and share. Most importantly, Makerspaces allow makers to explore, create, or improve upon things that may already exist. The Berkshire Local School are repurposing rooms in current facilities for Makerspace-centered activities. Our Makerspaces are a combination of hands-on traditional materials and tools such as drills, hammers and sewing machines, along with technology such as Afinia 3-D printers, Epilog laser cutters, Carvey 3-D carving machines, and a Roland vinyl printer. A lot of the work that would have been done in an Industrial Technology classroom in the past, is now being done in our Makerspaces.
These Makerspaces provide areas for students to problem solve and think critically while developing real world, hands-on skills. This, in addition to making visits to partnering local businesses and organizations, will undoubtedly help students to become college and career ready.
Thank you for your continued support of the Berkshire Local Schools.
Superintendent of Schools