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Liberty-Benton Celebrates High Marks on State Report Card
Liberty-Benton Celebrates High Marks on State Report Card
It is hard to believe, but we are nearly a month into the new school year already. We have had a great start to the year, including some celebratory moments. 
 
Ohio’s School Report Cards were released on September 15 and Liberty-Benton ranked 13th in the state out of 607 districts. This was the first time in two years that report cards were issued because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Replacing the traditional letter grade scoring system is a five-star rating, with one being the lowest and five being the highest. We were one of only three districts in Northwest Ohio that received 24 of 25 stars. Only 32 districts in the entire state received a four or five star rating.
 
Districts were scored on the following: Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation and Early Literacy. College, Career, Workforce and Military Readiness is a new category, but districts will not be scored in this category until future years. The report card is only one measure of success for Ohio’s schools, but we are so proud of this accomplishment! Thank you to our staff and students for all of your hard work, and to our community for your continued support. 
 
Our high school students are already realizing the impact of a more modern learning environment thanks to our high school renovations that took place this past summer.  Again, this was made possible by our generous community support of our Bond Issue in May 2019.  I can’t wait for this project to be completed with the grand opening of our new K-8 in August of 2023.
 
Lastly, fall is finally here. I hope everyone enjoys the cooler temperatures and the brilliant fall colors, and don’t forget to support our student-athletes or performing arts students at an upcoming event. And as always … GO EAGLES!
 
Mark Kowalski
Superintendent
 
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LBHS Alumni Veterans/Active Duty Military and Family Member Veterans of current students
The Liberty-Benton High School Action Team "Support Our Soldiers" is looking to collect names of currently living veterans of the military or those who are actively serving in the military.

Restraint and Seclusion, Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) in Ohio Schools.
What Parents Need to Know

New guidance came out for K-12 that students no longer have to quarantine at home if they are exposed to COVID in the household or outside contact. They will still have to wear a mask for 10 days at school still, and some parents may choose to keep them home if they don't like masking at school. We will only be keeping track of students who stay home due to not wanting to mask to stay and positive cases. Hancock Public Health Covid-19 Update 2022-01-28

The Ohio Department of Health issued new quarantine  guidelines today.  Liberty-Benton Local Schools will be operating under these guidelines beginning Tuesday, October 26, 2021.  https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/responsible/schools/k-12-schools-quarantine-alternative.pdf





Liberty-Benton Kicking Off New Year With Campus Improvements
Liberty-Benton Kicking Off New Year With Campus Improvements

Liberty-Benton Kicking Off New Year With Campus Improvements


Welcome to the new school year Eagle Nation! I can’t wait to hear the hustle and bustle of students filling our hallways in just a few days.


Kudos to the students who continued their learning over the summer through Liberty-Benton’s summer reading program and/or our summer library program. Our students weren’t the only ones who stayed busy the past few months. Our staff, advisors and coaches have been preparing for this school year so that each student can achieve success through academics, arts and athletics.  A huge thank you to our dedicated band members, cheerleaders, and student-athletes who sacrificed the better part of their summer to represent L-B in a positive light!


Our custodial and maintenance crew also deserves a huge Eagle thank you! They have been hard at work putting the finishing touches on our buildings and grounds as we close summer break.  The new stadium entrance, high school renovations, and the County Road 9 widening project are all near completion and will add to our great campus now and in the future. We can’t wait to hear our high school students' reactions when they enter the renovated building and look forward to seeing how the new spaces will expand their learning this year. We will also have plenty of opportunities this year to recognize and celebrate the great moments that have taken place in our elementary and middle school over the years before students transition to the new K-8 building next school year.  


After the past two years, we are looking forward to a year of normalcy. We have much to be thankful for here at L-B and I hope everyone has a happy and safe Labor Day weekend, and we’ll see you on September 6! And as always… Go Eagles!


Mark Kowalski

Superintendent

LB Finishes School Year Strong, Begins Preparations for 2022-2023
LB Finishes School Year Strong, Begins Preparations for 2022-2023
As I shared in my last blog, the final months of school were filled with our typical events — in-person I might add. This allowed us to put an exclamation point at the end of what was another challenging year.
 
One of the most notable events was graduation. On June 5, 112, seniors transferred their tassels to the other side of their graduation caps and said their final goodbyes to Liberty-Benton. We wish the class of 2022 much success and happiness in the next step of their journey.
 
Many of our student-athletes ended the year on a high note, literally and figuratively. Karis Willow’s high jump of 5’6” made her the regional champion and qualified her for the state meet on June 3, where she placed fifth. Similarly, Izzy Granger, the defending state champion in discus, won the state runner-up title.
 
This summer, we will be completing construction projects across our campus to ensure our buildings, parking lots and sports complexes are in tip-top shape for the coming school year. This includes a new entrance and replacing concrete and fencing at our stadium. Additionally, work continues on our all-new K-8 building.

I hope everyone has a happy and restful summer. We cannot wait to see all of our staff, students and families again in September! GO EAGLES!

Mark Kowalski
Superintendent


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By the Numbers
1986
88.3% of the class of 2021 earned college credit while attending LB. The Class of 2021 earned a total of 1986 semester hours of college credit. (There are 121 seniors in the Class of 2021.)
20.534
18 seniors earned an honors level of 26 or higher on their ACT. 5 seniors earned a 30 or higher on their ACT (%) All members of the class of 2021 took the ACT with a class average of 20.534. 
73%
Class of 2021
4% is joining the military 
23% is employed
73% is heading off to college
$1.97M
42.9%of the class received scholarship money totaling 
$541,086 for their first year and 
$1,971,844 over their 
four years of college.
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