Our Students Are More Than Just a Number

Mark Kowalski.jpgAt Liberty-Benton Local Schools, our students are more than just a number, ranking or grade. Sure, we are pleased with the recent grade we received on the state report card – B. We were one of only three districts in the county that received this high of a grade. We work hard every day to provide the best experiences for our students, but we could still be – and plan on! – doing more to help our Eagles continue to soar.

The state report card data is a useful tool, but it is just one measure of the work we’re doing in our schools. It does not capture the fact that our district was recently named the #1 district for athletes, the #1 place to teach and the #1 safest school in Hancock County by Niche.com. There is no reference to the six Monarch butterflies our Biology and Environmental Science classes have raised and the two that were recently released to make the journey to Mexico or the incredible growth we’re seeing in our instrumental and vocal music program. In the past year, our band has more than doubled in size and our choir is up 28 students to 172 singers. If we’re going to talk numbers, it is numbers like these that make our district so special.

There truly is something for everyone at Liberty-Benton.

You see, at Liberty-Benton Local Schools, we care about all of our students and support them in reaching their fullest potential. Not only do we want them to achieve in the classroom, but to grow and gain the knowledge and skills necessary to be successful in the future. So that is where we send the majority of our money – to the classroom. Sixty-seven percent of our district budget is sent to the classroom, where mission-critical work happens every day. In addition, our classroom spending per pupil is the lowest in the area, meaning we make the most with the money we have. We know that student performance is directly affected by the resources and services that are readily available, so we make that a top priority.

So, as we review our results on the state report card – and all data is important so we will definitely take time to process and apply key takeaways – it is important to keep in mind that the idea of providing an excellent educational experience for our children is at the center of every decision we make.

I am proud of everything we have accomplished in our district and am grateful for the support of our parents and community. I look forward to this year’s achievements and the story our students will be able to tell after another successful year at Liberty-Benton!

Respectfully,

Mark Kowalski
Superintendent
Liberty-Benton Local Schools


State’s school superintendent visits Liberty-Benton

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Liberty-Benton STRIDES leaders with Paolo DeMaria, Ohio's Superintendent of Public Instruction.

https://thecourier.com/local-news/2018/09/27/states-school-superintendent-sees-strides-at-liberty-benton/

Liberty-Benton Local Schools 2018-2019
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L-B Grandparent's Day
Monday, October 29, 2018

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dotbenjamin/2560935556We are so excited to introduce our bi-annual celebration of Grandparent’s Day.  This is an event for kindergarten through grade 8 at our school. This is a special day planned for grandparents to come to school and participate in a 30 minute class with their grandchildren.  Pre-registration is due by October 19.

Grandparents' Day 2018 Pre-Registration Form.pdf


Please check out the online edition of the Eagle Update!

Stories of Soaring Eagles
October 11th
Liberty-Benton High School Students of the Month for September Senior Grace Schlumbohm is active in musical, FCA, choir, and is the junior-senior choir rep officer. She is a 10-year member of 4-H, the 2018 Poultry Queen, the 2018 Jr. Fair Queen for Hancoc…
October 11th
Liberty-Benton High School Staff Member for the Month of September We welcome Mr. Taylor Pothast to Liberty-Benton High School this Fall. He is currently in his fourth year of teaching, and he earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tole…
September 27th
Paolo DeMaria, Ohio’s superintendent of public instruction observed STRIDES Leadership Day at Liberty-Benton High School.  He then met with STRIDES leaders for a discussion about education at Liberty-Benton.
September 19th
The LB Marine Biology students had a great opportunity meeting world renowned marine biologist Dr. Sylvia Earle at BGSU. Dr. Earle talked about the importance of the ocean and stressed how we can make a positive impact in our daily lives.
September 10th
The Liberty-Benton Biology and Environmental Science classes have been working with the Toledo Zoo to take care of Monarch Butterflies. Today, our students marked and released two of the butterflies that will make the journey to Mexico. In total the stude…