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. Sally Avant
Administrative Assistant
Phone: (330) 753-1025 ext 13124
Fax Line: (330) 848-0884
Superintendent's Message Archives
Superintendent's Message

Positive outlook for Barberton Schools

Patti Cleary

The budget proposed by Governor Kasich last week was good news for Barberton Schools. I am very cautious, however, of what the final appropriations will be by the time the budget is approved by the state legislature.

Over the next two years, the plan calls for additional funding for both Akron and Barberton Schools, but takes away funding from many other Summit County school districts. I expect there will be much push-back before the budget is finally approved, perhaps as late as June.

In the meantime, the Board of Education, aided by direction from the Strategic Planning Committee, is in the process of finalizing the Five-Year Plan for the district. The Board will look to improve its educational and extra-curricular programs, facilities, community engagement and communication, while remaining fiscally responsible.

The recent school construction project was under-budget, which will enable a much needed new practice athletic field to be created at the high school. We also hope to add more technology for student use in the classrooms, as the need for print textbooks is giving way to computing devices and e-books. The schools are seeking grants from the State and private foundations to help with this effort.

The Board also hopes to increase parent and community participation in school events. We are looking for ways to share our beautiful facilities more with the community that has so generously supported us.

Most importantly, the teachers and administrators are committed to delivering high quality instructional lessons to our students. Teachers collaborate on a weekly, if not daily, basis to analyze student data and determine how to give students the skills to achieve beyond their own expectations. We are committed to graduating students who will be ready for the rigors of college or a skilled career path.

We understand that public school funding is overly reliant on property taxes, so whatever happens in Columbus over the next several months regarding the Governor’s budget, we plan to be conservative in our spending and keep our students in the center of all decision making. We are very fortunate in Barberton to have fantastic school buildings, a dedicated staff and respectful, talented students. Our overall goal is to make the community proud of its students and its schools!

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