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Liberty-Benton Soaring Into 2023

Our staff and students are off and running in 2023. There is no doubt in my mind this will be another exciting year for our Eagle community. I am hopeful for a year of progress and continued growth in the areas of academics, arts, and athletics.  In addition, we will usher in additional facility upgrades.  Most notably, the opening of our new PK-8 facility.  
 
As a reminder, the end of the first semester is January 27. Our staff and students have continued working hard this school year to close the learning gap that widened because of the pandemic. We hope you will see this hard work reflected in your student’s grades and state achievement test scores. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher(s). 
 
We are now well into the winter sports season. I encourage you to catch a game or match and stay tuned to social media for other upcoming events so you can show your support for our students no matter what their endeavors. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break and that 2023 is shaping up to be a great one for you and your loved ones. And as always … GO EAGLES!
 
Mark Kowalski
Superintendent

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Posted Thursday, January 12, 2023

Liberty-Benton Quality Profile for 2021-2022

Liberty-Benton Quality Profile for 2021-2022

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Posted Thursday, January 12, 2023

Liberty-Benton Ranks High in the State

What a great time to be an Eagle! Most recently, we were awarded 24 of 25 stars on Ohio’s School Report Cards, which give parents/guardians, community members, educators and policymakers’ information about how districts are performing. Schools are graded on Achievement, Progress, Gap Closing, Graduation, and Early Literacy. 
 
Additionally, Liberty-Benton received a grade of A- from Niche, which is designed to help connect students and families with the schools and neighborhoods that suit them best. Niche considers academics, teachers, clubs and activities, sports, resources and facilities, diversity, college prep, administration, and even food when issuing grades. Some of our highlights include:
  • #57 of 608 for best school districts for athletes in Ohio
  • #58 of 607 for districts with the best teachers in Ohio
  • #87 of 607 for best school districts in Ohio
 
Coming up at the end of this month is third grade reading guarantee testing. As a district, we will administer our own assessments to help tailor instruction for the remainder of the school year.
 
As we progress further into this school year, we will maintain our focus on academics, athletics and the arts so our students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in life beyond Liberty-Benton. 
 
Thank you and congratulations to our staff, students and the community on making Liberty-Benton one of the premier learning destinations. As always… GO EAGLES!
 
Mark Kowalski
Superintendent

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Posted Tuesday, October 11, 2022

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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Posted Thursday, September 22, 2022

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

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Posted Thursday, September 1, 2022

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