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Mark Kowalski - Superintendent

Mark Kowalski
BIO: Mark Kowalski has held the position of superintendent of Liberty-Benton Local Schools since August 1, 2017.  Prior to serving our school community, he worked at Harrison Hills City School District in Cadiz, Ohio, where he held various administrative positions during his thirteen-year tenure.  Mr. Kowalski has worked in education since 1991, and has served as a teacher, coach, athletic director, principal, and director of operations.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from Ashland University.  Mr. Kowalski resides in the Liberty-Benton Local School District.  He has a son, Austin, who is a graduate assistant at Kent State University.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

District News

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Educational Plan

Since last March, I have done my best to keep you informed about how COVID-19 is affecting our students, staff and operations in the Liberty-Benton Local School District.
 
Unfortunately, the district has recently endured a spike in student and staff COVID-19 confirmed cases and quarantines. Because of the illness and quarantines, the district has become stressed in all of our school buildings and departments. Ultimately, we have a duty to provide education and extra-curricular opportunities to our school community but to do it as safely as possible.  Now this has become jeopardized. As a school district, we are not alone in this. The entire state of Ohio and Hancock County are experiencing the same stress.
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Looking Ahead

Since the start of the 2020-2021 school year, we have been fortunate enough to welcome our in-person learners back into our school buildings and provide quality education to students both virtually at home and in the classroom.

Due to the adherence to safety protocols in the schools and the support of our community working hard to keep COVID cases to a minimum, we are on track to return to school “all-in”. If Hancock County remains either yellow or orange on Ohio’s COVID Alert System, our students will return to school full-time, all day, every day beginning Monday, November 9.  
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COVID-19 Update

A Liberty-Benton Elementary School student and staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 and are currently under quarantine. The Hancock Public Health Department, in collaboration with the school, will complete contact tracing to identify other students or staff members who may need to quarantine for 14 days. Only those who have been in Close Contact with the student or staff member will be contacted. Close Contact is defined as someone who has been within 6 feet of an individual for more than 15 minutes.
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Eagle Update

Eagle Update

The entire district, grades K-12, will operate under a remote learning model on Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24. We will be providing curbside food service from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in front the high school. Thanksgiving break will begin on Wednesday, November 25, as previously scheduled.  As we return to school on Monday, November 30, we will return in our hybrid learning model and remain in the “hybrid” model through Tuesday, December 22.


If you want to pick up meals during remote learning model, please complete this form: https://bit.ly/LBCurbside


Bus Route Times (Updated Nov. 2020)




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School Bus Safety with Deputy Kendrick

School Bus Safety with Deputy Kendrick

Greetings Liberty-Benton Students, Staff, Parents and community from Deputy Kendrick, your School Resource Officer.  Your full time SRO is excited to be working with the students and staff every school day and to serve the Liberty-Benton community 

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Student eat for free

Students Eat for Free

Last week, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would extend several flexibilities for school meals throughout the remainder of 2020. “As our nation reopens and people return to work, it remains critical our children continue to receive safe, healthy, and nutritious food,” the USDA said.

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The wait is over!

The wait is over! The doors to our school buildings are open and teachers and staff have welcomed our students back to school for another great year here at Liberty-Benton.

For our in-person learners, this is the first time back in the school buildings for nearly six months. Moreover, while this year will look and feel very different from past years, we are excited to have the opportunity to begin our school year with our students - whether they are at home or in the classroom.
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Financial Forecasting in Uncertain Times

The Liberty-Benton School District has a long record of responsible, thoughtful stewardship of taxpayer funds and maintaining a sound budget while sending dollars to the classroom for students. While our recent five-year financial forecast reflects these priorities, the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic has interjected a number of unknowns for our future.  More +
Fee Update

Fee Update

The Liberty-Benton Board of Education unanimously passed a resolution at the May 27, 2020 board meeting to provide all district families with a 25% fee reimbursement for the 2019-20 school year.  More +
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That's a Wrap!!!

With the 2019-20 school year behind us, I want to thank everyone for your support of Liberty-Benton Schools during the COVID-19 pandemic. I know it is difficult to believe, but we had almost seven months of school that took place before our school buildings were directed to close because of the pandemic so I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you of some accomplishments and milestones we celebrated this year.

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Coping with Uncertainty and Finding Hope

The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed the way we approach learning across the country and throughout the world. Students and families are not only coping with the upheaval of school, work and possibly their health or finances, they are also missing out on experiences  More +
A Guide To Remote Learning

A Guide To Remote Learning

Stay healthy! Get a good night’s sleep, eat healthy and drink water
Connect with your teacher(s) and complete your assignments
Spend time reading
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Daily Update

Daily Video Updates

Summer Survey
 
 
 
Parade Route Videos - Benton Ridge - Western Meadows
 
 
Counseling Services - counseling@liberty-benton.org 
Smile Parade - Monday, April 20th, 2:00pm - Video
Food Decorating Contest Winners 
Technology Support - tech@liberty-benton.org
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Closure Update

Supporting Our Community during COVID-19

Today, Liberty-Benton and school districts across the country are grappling with closures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

As a community, it is vital that we take care of each other during this challenging time by following state and local directives, and by taking personal and collective steps to limit the impact of this virus. 
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IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION

March 13, 2020

IMPORTANT COMMUNICATION from Mark Kowalski, Superintendent

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Preparing Students for Success beyond Testing

With spring right around the corner, our schools are getting ready for annual spring milestones - awards banquets, field trips, graduation and state testing. At Liberty-Benton, test preparation and life skills go hand-in-hand throughout the school year and culminate in the spring with state-required testing.  More +
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Building the Future

The New Year is underway, and so are the plans for the new construction at Liberty-Benton Local Schools!  More +
Less Millage

Liberty-Benton School District Bond To Collect Less Millage, Decreases Impact On Taxpayers

The millage amount approved by voters in May 2019 for the Liberty-Benton Local School District bond issue has been reduced from a 5.5-mill true tax impact to a 4.35-mill true tax impact.  More +
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Reflecting on the past, looking to the future

Another year is drawing to a close at Liberty-Benton Local Schools, and as we continue planning for the future, we find ourselves reflecting on the events of 2019 and the past decade.
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Thank You!

Issue 1, the renewal operating levy put forth on the November 5th ballot, has passed, and we are grateful to all of you who helped support it. The levy will continue More +
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Continue Excellence on November 5th

The state of the school is something you often hear public school leadership talk about - the condition of the facilities, the initiatives implemented in the classroom, More +
25th Anniversary Celebration

25th Anniversary Celebration

We are excited to invite you to attend the 25th Anniversary Celebration of Liberty-Benton High School on Friday, November 1, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.  This special More +
State of the Schools address

State of the Schools Address

Here is a copy of the superintendent's State of the School presentation from October 8, 2019. More +
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The State of Our Schools

The state of the school is something you often hear public school leadership talk about - the condition of the facilities, the initiatives implemented in the classroom, the budget decisions that must be addressed, and the past, present and future of the district.  More +
From the desk of Mr Kowalski

Critical Thinking in the New School Year

Welcome back, Eagles! It is finally time to welcome our students back into our schools’ doors and into our classrooms where we will embark on new adventures. This year students will become scientists, historians, inventors, artists and authors - the options are limitless! More +
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Schools Are Full of Activity all Summer

All summer long, Liberty-Benton hallways, gyms and auditoriums echo with the sounds of arts and athletic camps and activities. School may be out for the summer, but our buildings are still bustling with activity. Summer also presents an opportune time for the completion of projects throughout our grounds and facilities. More +
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Celebrating Excellence

As we wrap up another successful school year, it is the perfect time to celebrate the excellence throughout this past year. 

This year we continued to pursue high-quality educational experiences for all Liberty-Benton students. High school students were able to take part in expanded elective
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Thank You!

Thank You!

The future of Liberty-Benton Local Schools is bright! Thank you to everyone who voted in support of our schools in the May elections.  Also, a heartfelt thanks to the dozens of volunteers and supporters who dedicated countless hours, tirelessly and enthusiastically, for our schools because they believe in them and in our community.   More +
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Financial Stewardship

The Liberty-Benton School District has a long record of responsible management of taxpayer funds, utilizing every dollar we can to positively impact our next generation and prepare them for success now and in the future. We operate with the highest commitment to responsible stewardship and respect for our community, and will continue to provide an educational experience that includes research-based, data-driven

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State of the Schools

State of the Schools Address 2019

Mr. Kowalski presented the second annual State of the Schools address on March 11, 2019, in the high school auditorium.  There was a performance by Fermata the Blue Performance to start the event.
Our goal is that each Liberty-Benton graduate is equipped to reach his or her potential in: Good Character, American Citizenship, Independent Living, Academics and Critical Thinking.
The presentation is available for download.


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True Tax Impact

The Ballot

I often find myself talking about how rapidly our world is changing. Technology changes just as you learn a new way of doing things, information goes viral in seconds and we are constantly adjusting how we interact with the world. Liberty-Benton Local Schools has also changed the way we approach teaching our students and providing them with an excellent educational experience. More +
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Open Enrollment

According to the Ohio Department of Education, “Open enrollment allows a student to attend school tuition-free in a district other than the district where his or her parents reside.” Sure, it sounds simple enough but the way open enrollment plays out in Ohio school districts is more nuanced than that. More +
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Community Advisory Team Update

We are in the midst of exciting times for the future of Liberty-Benton Schools. For the past year, we have been providing information to the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to receive reliable feedback about how and when we may be funded for new school facilities and upgrades. While the past year has been focused on what More +
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Giving

There is power in giving. Power in the form of compassion, empathy and collaboration. Power in recognizing that there is a need and that you can do something to help fulfill that need. And let me tell you – our local students are powerful. More +

National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month, and at Liberty-Benton Local Schools we make this a focus of the educational experience we provide at all grade levels. More +

Our Students Are More Than Just a Number

At 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. More +
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