Reflecting on the past, looking to the future

Mark KowalskiAnother year is drawing to a close at Liberty-Benton Local Schools, and as we continue planning for the future, we find ourselves reflecting on the events of 2019 and the past decade.

Without a doubt, 2019 was a remarkable year for our district, which has been ranked the #1 place to teach, #1 district with the best teachers, #1 safest schools and #1 athletes in Hancock County. 

Our class of 2019 has done exceptionally well, with 87% of students attending universities across seven states, 86% earned nearly 1,500 college credit hours while at Liberty-Benton High School, and 53% received college scholarships. In athletics, we celebrated three league championships in soccer, golf and volleyball. Our girls’ volleyball team won its first state championship and our girls’ soccer team was state runner-up.

On November 5, our renewal levy passed with 70% voter approval, providing crucial funding for staff, technology, utilities, classroom supplies and equipment, as well as ongoing maintenance and repair of school property. 

These accomplishments and milestones illustrate a commitment to excellence that has existed since Liberty-Benton’s inception. Over the past decade, our district has achieved significant recognition and success in academics, the arts and athletics, including the successful launch of our one-to-one K-12 technology initiative in 2013, the passage of the bond issue in May 2019, the development of our College Credit Plus program - which has grown to 19 classes - and the renewed commitment to our fine arts, which has led to increased participation and the production of an annual musical at the high school. 

Year after year, Liberty-Benton has made a meaningful impact on our students, staff, families and community. In addition, as we look to the future, with new construction and expanded program offerings just around the corner, Liberty-Benton is poised to provide the best educational experiences to our community’s children for generations to come.

Mark Kowalski
Liberty-Benton Local Schools 

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