We are thrilled to share a significant opportunity which has been formally presented to us as a means of expanding the Berkshire campus. Should we be fortunate enough to be elected to the Berkshire Board of Education, a valued member of the community has generously, and formally, offered to donate 45-acres of their property to the back of the current school zone for the development of an athletic complex and outdoor learning environment….
A NEW VISION
WHO WE ARE
WHO WE ARE
Hi! I’m Linda (Kornowski) Valentino, candidate for Berkshire Board of Education. I am a graduate of Berkshire High School, having attended school in the district K-12. My husband of 20 years, Mike, son, Noah (16 year old Berkshire junior) and I reside in Claridon in a blended generation home with my parents.
Within my church, I am currently serving in my third year as treasurer and have 10+ years served on our Preschool Board of Education. I have also held the positions of President and Secretary of the Women’s Guild You could say I have a passion for service; I lend a hand volunteering with the Burton-Middlefield Rotary at the Maple Splash Raffle Festival, Jeep Rally and various other community service projects they sponsor. I also support the Geauga County 4-H animal auction at the Geauga County Fair.
This year began my 18th year of my Career with New York Life Insurance Company, where I am currently assisting the Client Communications Department. The bulk of my time is spent managing and solving issues that arise with correspondence that gets mailed to our clients. It requires a great deal of research, investigation and problem solving. Early in 2024 I will begin work on a large scale, multi-year project of developing a new administration system for the company. It is an honor to have been selected to work on this project with 5 of my colleagues who each are subject matter experts in the areas we represent.
Running for the Berkshire Board of Education was not an easy decision, however, I see a great opportunity to be of service and give back to the Berkshire community. My focus when elected to the Berkshire Board of Education is to use my leadership experience to foster an environment of engagement and accountability. Accountability will be key in the New Vision for Berkshire. One of my goals is to assure that the voices of the community are heard and the activities of the Berkshire Board of Education are transparent and representative of the communities they serve.
I am very excited to begin serving the Berkshire Community, therefore, I respectfully request your vote on November 7th, along with your votes for Julie Hunter (education focus) and Tim Snyder (safety focus). Together, VHS will execute a new vision for Berkshire Schools.
My name is Julie (Randles) Hunter, an East Claridon resident and I am running for the Berkshire Board of Education. I grew up in Burton, and I am a graduate of Berkshire High School. Education is my passion and I look forward to the opportunity to help guide Berkshire Schools, using a very student first approach. I thrive on multitasking and am very conscientious and diligent in all things I do.
My husband, Jeremy and I celebrated our 22nd Anniversary in July and we have two children. We live on a small family farm, raising broiler chickens, beef cattle and egg layers. We enjoy family time outdoors; camping, hiking, and playing sports with our kids, along with watching their sporting events throughout the year.
I am in my 18th year in education; with experience teaching grades 5-8. Currently, I am in my 5th year as a sixth grade science teacher at Bio-Med Science Academy, a public independent STEM school. I previously taught at Wickliffe Middle School for 13 years; nine years in sixth grade science and four years as a specials teacher, developing and teaching a STEM/Computer Science/Entrepreneurial class for grades 5-8, along with creating the curriculum for the K-4 computer program. I am also an entrepreneur; running a small hand-stamped metal jewelry business.
I have experience creating curriculum and implementing both project-based and problem-based learning. I have partnered with Hiram College and other professionals in both Lake and Portage County to bring engaging, hands-on learning experiences to my students. I work with the Young Entrepreneur Institute (YEI) at University School to bring Entrepreneurial learning and experiences to my students. I am currently a YIPPEE Market Ambassador for YEI.
This is my 5th year, serving on my school’s research and development team, helping to bring new and innovative educational ideas to the district. I have worked on several committees to develop and align curriculum, develop our school’s learning objectives and to fully implement mastery based grading. This year I will be working with KnowledgeWorks to create personalized learning with other Ohio educators Ohio. I am a STEM redesignation reviewer through the Ohio STEM Learning Network, Battelle Education. I was accepted into the Ohio Rural Educator Program through Ohio STEM Learning Network, Battelle Education; and I am creating a problem-based project for my students through collaboration with other Ohio educators from around the state.
As a former student of Berkshire Schools, I’m excited to share my expertise and passion for education with the district, using a student-first approach to bring fresh and innovative ideas to our classrooms. One of my goals is to enhance communication between parents, students, staff, and our wonderful community. Together, we can create an environment where everyone’s voice is heard and valued. Let’s work together to make Berkshire Schools a place where every student thrives and learns in a way that suits their unique needs.
I am Tim Snyder and I respectfully request your vote for the Berkshire Board of Education along with Linda Valentino and Julie Hunter to bring a New Vision to Berkshire Schools.
I chose the Berkshire community for my family 33 years ago. I have seen the value of a great Berkshire education as two of my children are physicians and one is a finance manager for a high-end car dealership.
I chaperoned every field trip as a Berkshire parent including trips to Disney, the Woollybear festival, Indy 500, and I was the Marching Band roadie providing transportation for the Band’s equipment to save costs. I did volleyball line-judging and announcing even after my kids graduated. I provide free legal services to Berkshire organizations and to the Burton Fire Department. And for over 20 years during the month of March, I have been flipping pancakes for the Burton Fire Department. I am Chair of the Burton Township Board of Zoning Appeals and have been involved with Zoning Boards for over 25 years. I am currently elected to serve on the Education Service Center of the Western Reserve. My commitment to serving our community runs deep and will continue.
As an educator, I have taught law and law enforcement at Kent State, Lakeland, and various police academies for over 25 years. I have worked in law enforcement for over 35 years and continue to serve with the Chardon Police Department where part of my duties are as a School Safety Officer in the Chardon Schools. I have also been a practicing attorney for 27 years.
I have seen the benefit of a strong Berkshire education through my children. I see the benefit of safe schools through others’ children. I am not satisfied with what I see as the current direction of Berkshire Schools. A community group encouraged me to run for Berkshire Board of Education because of my deep involvement in the Berkshire community and my background in teaching, law, and law enforcement to bring a new vision.
I respectfully request your vote for the New Vision slate of V-H-S for BHS. Valentino focusing on Leadership, Hunter focusing on Education, and Snyder focusing on Safety working cooperatively to bring a New Vision to the Berkshire Schools.
A NEW VISION
A NEW VISION
- Weapons detection system to prevent weapons from entering the building. We met with the company and are actively working on funding.
- Traffic light at Claridon-Troy and the School Entrance
- Second entrance/emergency exit
- Open Enrollment/Homeschool Analysis – Why are some people leaving the district? Why are people coming into the district from other school districts?
- Curriculum Analysis – determine the alignment between K-12 curriculum maps, the graduate profile, graduation seals, and the data from the Ohio Department of Education. Evaluation of the instructional materials used to support the curriculum.
- Increase and expand access and involvement with educational resources and partnerships (Ohio Stem Learning Network/Battelle Education, PBLWorks, Young Entrepreneur Institute, Ohio Rural Educator Program, OSU Extension/Master Gardeners, OSU CFAES, Ohio 4-H Youth Development/STEM, Geauga County Soil and Water, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Expand on the partnership with Kent State).
- Build and strengthen relationships with the community partners – Geauga County Fair Board, 5 townships, Burton Village, Geauga County Sheriff’s Department, Burton Village Police Department, Burton Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club
- We plan to have a rotating location of the BOE meetings by township
- Community engagement – Office hours before meetings
- Open Discussions or Town Hall style meetings to share ideas and concerns
- Organizational analysis – to streamline efficiency
- Cost analysis for outsourcing busing and cleaning services, other items currently outsourced
- Spending and Grant Analysis
Berkshire Local Schools Ohio Department of Education Data
Ohio Department of Education Statistics
https://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/ (scroll down to search for a school district)
Berkshire Local Schools District Detail
College, Career, Workforce and Military Readiness
Student Enrollment/ Staff details
Ohio Department of Education Archives – past reports
https://reportcard.education.ohio.gov/archives – Search Berkshire Local – Geauga County
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I want to help empower teachers to create engaging instructional materials instead of canned worksheets, workbooks and online programs
My focus when elected to the Berkshire Board of Education is to use my leadership experience to foster an environment of engagement and accountability. Accountability will be key in the New Vision for Berkshire.
I have seen the benefit of a strong Berkshire education through my children. I see the benefit of safe schools through others’ children. I am not satisfied with what I see as the current direction of Berkshire Schools.
We need to find ways to increase funding using grants instead of asking families to financially support many little things throughout the school year