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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

Spring has sprung at Liberty-Benton

Liberty-Benton is in full spring mode and is barreling toward the end of the school year. This month brings the chorale festival, our spring sports kickoff, and the annual honors recognition. In addition, on March 31, Liberty-Benton Elementary M.O.R.E. gifted program students will present the musical Pirates 2: The Hidden Treasure. Tickets are now available for purchase.  

State assessment season is around the corner for our students.  Some assessments occur this month while the bulk take place in April and the first week of May.  Though these can be stressful for our students and staff, it serves as a good representation of how our students are progressing in their academics and potential for success.

I want to remind our high school students and families to mark their calendars. In-person learning will end May 20 and students will transition to remote learning on May 23-June 2. This will allow our construction crew to get to work renovating our high school so that we are ready to open the doors in September for the start of the new school year. Speaking of next school year, the 2022-2023 calendar has been approved and is available on our website at www.liberty-benton.org.

Big changes are also coming for our fifth graders next year. When the new PK-8 building opens for the 2023-2024 school year, the fifth grade will shift to the middle school. To help students and staff prepare for this transition, fifth graders will attend the current middle school next school year. If your child is entering fifth grade next year, more information will be shared as plans are finalized.

We cannot wait to celebrate the grand opening of our long-awaited Eagle Field House on April 2. The 28,000-square-foot facility will enhance Liberty-Benton’s athletic program for years to come. The Eagle Field House will directly benefit our baseball and softball, soccer, football, track and field, golf, and band and cheer programs, and indirectly benefit all other sports.

I hope you are able to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather in the coming weeks. Until we talk again, as always … GO EAGLES!

With Gratitude,
Mark Kowalski


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Posted Monday, March 14, 2022

Wrapping Up Winter with Planning for Next Year

Wrapping Up Winter with Planning for Next Year
 
Spring is just around the corner. Well, I hope so anyway, Punxsutawney Phil did see his shadow this year, meaning we may be in for another six weeks of winter. If Mother Nature does bring any more calamity days our way, they will be remote learning days. This will help us end the school year on time, which is more important than ever so we can stay on track with our construction projects. 
 
Speaking of which, I would like to remind our high school students and families that in-person learning will end May 20 this year. Students will transition to remote learning May 23-June 2. We are on a very tight timeline with the renovation of our high school and this will give our construction crew a head start so that our building is ready to open at the beginning of next school year. Rest assured, we will honor all of our usual end-of-year activities, and please mark your calendar for our graduation ceremony, which will be held Sunday, June 5. The location will be announced soon.     
 
In other news, we learned from Hancock Public Health that the omicron variant has subsided in our community. As such, quarantine guidelines have been updated and can be found on our website.  We are approaching two years of dealing with COVID-19.  I know that most of us are experiencing “fatigue” over the virus and its variants. Let us be mindful and respectful of others as we continue to deal with concerns related to COVID-19.
 
Whether or not spring does make its arrival soon, plans are well underway for the 2022-2023 academic year. On Feb. 1, open enrollment and kindergarten registration opened. Open enrollees are accepted on a first-come first-served basis, so if you are a current open enrollment student and plan to come back next year, we encourage you to return your intent form as soon as possible. Please contact Susan Wright or me at [email protected] or 419-422-8526 with any questions. The open enrollment and kindergarten registration forms are available on our website at liberty-benton.org. We cannot wait to meet our class of 2035!
 
As always … GO EAGLES!
 
With Gratitude,
Mark Kowalski

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Posted Thursday, February 10, 2022

High School Renovation Means Change to Last Day of School

High School Renovation Means Change to Last Day of School

 

With the passage of the bond issue in May of 2019, a renovation of the high school was recommended and co-funded by the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission. This renovation of our high school is scheduled to take place this summer and be completed in time for the start of the 2022-2023 school year. In order for this project to stay on track, a change to the last day of school for our high school students is being made due to the scope of work.

 

Originally planned for June 2, the last day of in-person learning for our high school students is now May 20. Students will transition to remote learning from May 23 - June 2 to finish out the school year. Alternative plans for graduation are also being made and will be communicated later. Graduation will still occur on June 5.

 

Elementary and middle school students will not be affected. Their last day of school remains June 2. 

 

If you have a high school student, please mark your calendar accordingly and thank you for your patience and understanding. We cannot wait to see how this improved learning environment will further our students’ educational experience.  

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Posted Tuesday, February 1, 2022

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