Office of the Superintendent

Office of the Superintendent

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

Mr. Jeffrey Ramnytz
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

November 2017

Superintendent Ramnytz - 2 Bullet Points

  • BCSD inclement weather guidelines

Calling a snow day is always a difficult decision, and we do not make these decisions lightly. As superintendent of our school district, my decision to close school is always based on the safety of our students and staff. Although there are no hard and fast rules when deciding to close school due to inclement weather, the following conditions are considered:

  •         The amount of snow on the ground
  •         The projected amount of snow to fall
  •         Weather forecast for the school day
  •         Road conditions
  •         Temperature
  •         Wind chill
  •         Ability of the City of Barberton to plow and salt the streets
  •         Conditions of school parking lots and sidewalks 

When hazardous weather arrives in our community, the most important issue is the safety of our students and employees. As parents, you have the right to keep your students home if you feel it is not safe.

If we do close school, my goal will be to make a decision by 5:30 or 6 a.m. When the decision is made, we will send automatic phone messages that reach all of our families and staff members; and we will contact all local radio, TV and newspapers.

Please understand that we make difficult decisions about snow days with thoughtful, well-researched and conscientious practices and procedures.

  • Rethinking school

What is the final goal of grades K-12. There are a few in the public that grumble about state test scores and the fat cats in public schools that have no clue about what we do. First, let them come forward, contact me and I will show them what we do in the Barberton City Schools. We have nothing to hide. Every day we work with a wide variety of students, from various backgrounds, who come to us at various skill levels and that have various needs. We find out where there strengths and weaknesses are and start the process of helping each child grow from year to year. Approximately 4000 students walk through our doors with a wide variety of needs and circumstances. In Barberton we embrace these differences and meet each child where they are at academically, socially and emotionally.  In Barberton our students get a staff that never gives up on them even after they graduate. The state tests will not and cannot define what we are trying to accomplish. For the majority of students in Ohio, these tests are meaningless dribble that do not apply to anything they are currently or will be doing in life.  If people want a school system with hard working teachers that go above a beyond to help our diverse population, and take care of their needs, you are in the right place. In Barberton, the schools provide so many opportunities for students, families and the community.  After twenty-eight years in education, I have come to the conclusion that school(prek-12) is here to help prepare our children to be successful in life, to provide real life opportunities to help them find their pathway, and to support them as they become responsible adults. You will not find a better place than The Barberton City Schools for this goal. We are honored to serve your student and this community as well. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me.

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