Superintendent's Message

Russ Bennett

It’s that time of year again - the winding down of summer and thoughts turning to the beginning of a new school year.   Hopefully, everyone was able to take advantage of the cooler than normal but sunny weather we have had, and are rejuvenated and ready to begin the new school year with lots of energy and enthusiasm.

While our students are enjoying their last few weeks of summer, our staff is busy preparing for the 2014-15 school year.  At the Board Office, my secretary Mary Kohanski has been registering the influx of new students all summer long, with the last few weeks of course being the busiest.  Our secretaries and guidance counselors have been working closely with parents and students to ensure a smooth start to their year.  Teachers are returning to their classrooms and getting them ready to welcome their new students.  Our fantastic group of custodians, have been working hard cleaning, polishing, and waxing, to make sure the buildings are sparkling in time for our first day back.  Our athletic fall sports teams are already running full steam ahead thanks to our Athletic Department (Paul Powers and Mary Beth Tuma).  Our Integrated Technology Department is, as always, behind the scenes making sure we are up and running efficiently.  Not to mention the “bus load” of work our Transportation Department, led by Sal Arquilla, has been doing to assure our students are safely transported to us every day.  It takes teamwork to get the job done right and I want to thank everyone for the hard work and dedication that makes our district among the top in the State of Ohio. 

We recently held a Meet & Greet at Leighton School to give our staff and community the chance to welcome our newest administrators.  Staff members, administrators, parents and students were on hand to introduce themselves and get to know a little bit more about Paul Goodwin (Leighton School Principal), Mike Janatovich (Harmon School Assistant Principal) and Julie Troman ( Craddock School Principal).  If you did not have a chance to attend the Meet & Greet, please feel free to contact any of our administrators and they would be more than happy to meet with you.  We are excited to have them in our district and on our team and look forward to a successful new school year with them. 

Please try to take the time to view our Quality Profile on our website that will be available on September 3, 2014.  It will feature those qualities and achievements that are unique to our district.  It is our hope that this Quality Profile will be a valuable tool with which we can highlight our school district and more accurately convey what you, as a community, deem as valuable in the education of your children.  This is document will be updated with information as we continue to move forward as a district. 

Speaking of success, in June of each year, Cleveland Magazine releases their “Rating the Suburbs” issue.  This year the magazine rated 77 Northeast Ohio communities.  They base their ratings on safety, education and housing.  I am very happy to report that our district earned a rating of #10.  Being ranked in their top ten is quite an achievement for our district and something our community can share in being proud of.  We will continue to keep you updated on our many accomplishments this year and of course, “welcome back.”


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