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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

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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Posted Thursday, June 16, 2022

Sidewalk Superintendent Issue 5

Sidewalk Superintendent Issue 5

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Posted Tuesday, April 12, 2022

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