On February 7, 2017 Awakening Minds made a return visit to Mrs. Hamilton’s classroom. This time Miss Megan, our art instructor, helped us paint a beautiful Valentine’s Night sky. The children are always so proud of their artwork, even naming each painted piece that they create. This experience has been enlightening and exciting for the children and teachers involved. We are so grateful to Awakening Minds for providing this wonderful therapeutic art experience for the children. Mr. Burkett, Mr. Horstman, and Mrs. Smith have all had the opportunity to visit during these amazing art sessions. A huge thank you to Awakening Minds and Miss Megan who provide this terrific experience for the students.
Congratulations to all students who made the honor roll for the second quarter!
Seniors 4.0 Grade Point Average
Makenzie Van Den Eynde
Seniors 3.2 Grade Point Average
Juniors 4.0 Grade Point Average
Juniors 3.2 Grade Point Average
Rafael Naranjo Garcia
Sophomores 4.0 Grade Point Average
Sophomores 3.2 Grade Point Average
Freshman 4.0 Grade Point Average
Freshman 3.2 Grade Point Average
Eighth Grade All A Honor Roll
Eighth Grade All A/B Honor Roll
Seventh Grade All A Honor Roll
Seventh Grade All A/B Honor Roll
Sixth Grade All A Honor Roll
Sixth Grade All A/B Honor Roll
On Saturday, January 28, that the middle school student council held a middle school dance. It was a Hawaiian theme. The students also participated in a limbo dance and enjoyed getting photos with their friends in the photo booth. We had an excellent turnout.
The Liberty-Benton Local School District Board of Education will take action during the next regularly scheduled meeting on February 20, 2017 at 6:00 pm, in the High School Library to employ Mr. Mark Kowalski as Superintendent of schools, for the 2017 – 2018 school year. A small reception with Mr. Kowalski will immediately follow the meeting. Mr. Kowalski, who will be awarded a three-year contract, is currently the Director of Operations for the Harrison Hills City School District. He will replace Larry Cook, who is serving as Interim Superintendent of Liberty-Benton through July 31, 2017.
The Board of Education has been conducting a search which began in October, 2016. The board received assistance in the process from K-12 Business Consulting. After developing a superintendent profile that was based on information provided by parents, teachers, administrators, support staff, senior citizens/major stake holders and students, the board reviewed twenty-one (21) highly qualified individuals. Interviews with eight semi-finalists were conducted by the board and a community committee on January 24 and January 25, 2017. Four finalists returned for second interviews with the board on February 1 and February 4, 2017. After the interviews the board negotiated a contract with one of the finalists.
Mr. Kowalski has served as the Director of Operations for the Harrison Hills City Schools for the past three and a half years. His experience in the Harrison Hills City School District includes Elementary School Principal, Middle School Principal, High School Assistant Principal/Athletic Director and High School Principal. He taught high school learning disabled students (social studies) in Coshocton City Schools for four years. He also taught social studies in Newcomerstown Exempted Village Schools, Chillicothe City Schools and Morgan Local School District and has athletic coaching experience in basketball, golf, football, baseball and track.
He led Harrison Central High School to an Excellent Rating on the Local Report Card in 2012 as High School Principal. While at Harrison Central High School he collaborated to open a school for at-risk youth called Harrison Central Opportunity School to help students graduate and be successful in life.
Mr. Kowalski is a 1986 graduate of Buckeye West High School in Mount Pleasant, Ohio. He received his Master’s degree from Ashland University in educational administration in 2015 and his Bachelor’s degree in social studies education in 1990 from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to his superintendent license, Mr. Kowalski holds a school business manager license and a vocational education license.
Board President, A.J. Granger spoke for the board and stated, “We believe Mark has the expertise to work with the board, the staff, the students and the community to establish an exemplary vision and direction for our future.”
Mr. Kowalski and his wife, Lisa, currently reside in Cadiz, Ohio and have been married for 25 years. They have a son, Austin, who is a sophomore at Kent State University.
Senior Josilyn Lieb is a member of National Honor Society and choir, and her favorite subject is history. She enjoys taking violin lessons at Ohio Northern University, and she is looking forward to graduation. Her personal goals are to make the most out of her remaining months of high school and view them with a pos itive outlook. Josilyn is the daughter of Rodney Lieb.
Junior Alexa Lenhart enjoys spending time with family and friends, baking, and babysitting, and her favorite class is anatomy with Mr. McRedmond. She is active in football cheerleading, basketball, track, student council, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and National Honor Society. She is looking forward to going to college and pursuing a career she enjoys! Her personal goals are to graduate from college and start a family. Alexa is the daughter of Matt and Missy Lenhart.
Sophomore Chloe Miller is active in volleyball and track, and she enjoys hunting, fishing, and being with friends. Her favorite classes are Spanish and geometry, and she is looking forward to summer break. Her personal goals are to graduate successfully from high school and share the light of Jesus. Chloe is the daughter of Steph and Scott Miller.
Freshman Abbey Hatch is active in soccer, basketball, choir, Fermatta the Blue, and student council, and her favorite subject is math. She enjoys attending church youth group and spending time with friends and family. She is looking forward to continuing to represent the Eagles on the soccer field and basketball court. Her personal goal is to have a successful academic and athletic career at Liberty-Benton High School. Abbey is the daughter of Rob and Arika Hatch.
Mr. Chad Marzec is in his first year of teaching at Liberty-Benton High School after teaching the past two years in Toledo at St. John’s Jesuit. Chad earned his bachelor’s degree in systems engineering from the United States Military Academy and his teaching licensure from the University of Findlay.
Chad lives in the district with his wife, Alisa, and they have three children: Jack (5), Kate (4), and Emily (1). They are looking forward to the birth of their fourth child in June. Chad enjoys spending time with his family, working out, running, swimming, wrestling, and doing anything outdoors.
Chad enjoys the challenge of molding and mentoring each student. His focus daily is caring for the whole student; not just academically, but also physically and emotionally. His overall goal is to help each student become a better person and a better version of themselves.