Updates from Barberton Schools
While I know that many students love to have school called off because of snow, I take this decision very seriously and consider a number of things before a snow day is called. Generally speaking, school will probably be cancelled if the wind chill is negative 10 to 15 degrees or lower. If the snow is only 1-3 inches, we most likely will not call off school. A lot depends on if more snow is expected during the day or not. We could also cancel school for a thick coating of ice. I realize that calling snow days can cause headaches for parents who must scramble for child care, so I consider this as well as the overall safety of students and parents. If a parent feels that it is too dangerous for their child to go to school on any day, please call the school office and your child’s absence or tardiness will be excused. There will be no negative consequence to a child if this is a parent’s decision.
State Report Card
Last week the State of Ohio released several components of the State Report Card. Our graduation rate is in line with the State of Ohio’s average, but we will continue to work hard to exceed the average. Also released is our K-3 Literacy Grade. Once again we scored in the average range, but what is important to note is that they do not include our success on the Third Grade Reading Guarantee. Last year every Barberton third grader reached the State’s benchmark for reading proficiency by the end of third grade. The report card grade only recognizes how third graders score at the beginning of third grade. More information will be release by the State in late February.
I Am Barberton Schools Campaign
We have begun a campaign to honor several community members who exemplify Magic Pride. You will see profiles of these people beginning this month in area businesses and in the school buildings. This month our honoree is Mrs. Lois Matney, an ardent BCSD supporter who designed the Lamp of Learning logo in the main entrance of the high school. Each month through May we will be spotlighting a different person of distinction. Watch our Facebook page and website to see who is next!
The Barberton City School District owns several vacant properties and have been unsuccessful in selling them. The sale of these properties would give us funds to make more upgrades to our existing buildings and athletic facilities. Also, selling them would benefit the district because we spend school funds mowing and maintaining these properties. We have decided to erect signs on these lots that indicate they are for sale. The district would like to find buyers who will provide a positive impact to Barberton, add to the overall value of the community and enable us to spend more taxpayer dollars directly on children. If you are interested in purchasing one of these properties, please call us at 330-753-1025.
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