Superintendent's Office
Office of the Superintendent
Barberton City Schools
479 Norton Avenue
Barberton, Ohio 44203

Mrs. Patricia Cleary
Phone: (330) 753-1025
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884

Mrs. Kelly Garrett
Administrative Assistant, Superintendent
Phone: (330) 753-1025 ext 13124
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884
Superintendent's Message Archives
Superintendent's Message
January 2017

Request for Community Input Will Come Soon

I announced last week to staff and parents that I plan to retire from Barberton City Schools at the end of July, 2017. I have mixed feelings at this time because while I am excited to be able to have more time to travel and spend with my family, I also know I will miss my “family” at BCSD and all of the wonderful people in Barberton who I have come to know and love since 2005.

Sometimes change is uncomfortable, but often change is a way to reinvigorate and think differently. It opens doors and helps us to reflect on our routines, values and beliefs. I expect that all of this will happen as the Barberton Board of Education begins their search for a new superintendent who will take over on August 1, 2017.

As I said in my letter to staff, “Your Board of Education is made up of intelligent and thoughtful people who truly care about children, the District and the City of Barberton. I am quite confident that they will make a wise decision when choosing my successor.”

Barberton City School District and the Four Cities Educational Compact continue to lead the region in partnerships with the City of Barberton, area businesses and organizations to develop well-educated students who are ready to enter the workforce and college. We have worked hard to forge strong bonds with leading businesses in the area and ensure that a graduate from Barberton schools is known to be an employee who can be counted on for hard work, passion, and a drive to be successful. I look forward to seeing this focus continue for many years to come.

The Board has decided to reach out and engage community members as they decide what characteristics and qualifications they are looking for in a new superintendent. They will be looking for input from students, staff, parents and community members.

I will work very hard to make sure that the transition in leadership is smooth and positive. In the meantime, I will work diligently to continue the academic and programmatic initiatives that are currently in progress right up to my last day on the job. I am very proud of this school district and its accomplishments, but I truly believe that the best is yet to come!


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