Superintendent’s Column by Patti Cleary
In previous columns I have reported on the State of the Schools in regard to finance, facilities, and academics. The final installment of this report will focus on athletics, extra-curricular activities, communication and collaboration with families and community partners.
Magic Pride is very evident when you attend any of our athletic competitions. Being independent of a league over the last four years has been challenging, to say the least. Some of our teams fared well, but some teams “took it on the chin” in regard to our ability to schedule schools that matched us competitively and were close to home. Beginning next winter, we will be back in a much expanded Suburban League. Traditional rivalries will be restored and we are confident that we will competitively match up well with other teams in the small district division of the Suburban League.
While the majority of our athletic facilities are wonderful, we do need to improve some of our fields. That will be a focus of our work within the few years. The district spent capital improvement funds wisely during the school building construction project, so we may be able to afford some improvements to our athletic fields out of this fund.
We are very proud of our music and band programs. If you had a chance to attend the Tri-Arts Festival on March 22 and BHS’s musical production of Shrek, you saw the incredible talent of our students.
For the first time in over 50 years, one of our BMS students, Euro Aditama, will represent the five-county area at the Scripts Howard Spelling Bee in Washington D.C. This month, we will send six teams to the state competition of Destination Imagination!
Communication and collaboration with community partners and parents has been a focus for Barberton Schools. Our website at www.barbertonschools.org is up-to-date and filled with news for staff, parents and community members. If you sign up for e-communication on the website, I will send you a weekly email with news and upcoming events. Our Regular Board of Education meetings are held at our school buildings so that students, teachers and administrators can present relevant information to the Board and audience. (Meeting schedules are on our website, under Board of Education.) In August, we will publish Quality Profile, an update on all facets of the district’s programs.
Barberton Schools also have close collaborations with the City, police and fire departments. We are very fortunate to have the Barberton Community Foundation’s generous support of programs such as Third Grade Swimming Lessons, College and Career Readiness activities and technology for student classroom use. Barberton Alcoa has helped us equip our BHS and BMS STEM labs, funded elementary technology and enabled us to have a district-wide recycling program. Barberton’s Kiwanis and Rotary clubs are always willing to support our extra-curricular activities, such as the high school musical and Destination Imagination. We truly appreciate our parents and our community partners. Thank you!