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The Berkshire Local Board of Education is doing their part to ensure the new PreK-12 building can withstand Geauga County winters with the installation of snow melt systems in several entryways.

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After holding meetings virtually for the public for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Berkshire Schools Board of Education announced last week it will be returning to in-person school board meetings.

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With construction completion fast approaching on the new $42 million Berkshire Local School District’s all-grade school in Burton, plans are underway for the opening of the new campus in January of 2022.

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Every school in Ohio is in a bind after Gov. Mike DeWine ordered the closure of all schools from March 16 through April 3 to slow the spread of the coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. He announced the mandatory closing in a press conference on March 12.

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A third attempt by Burton Township Trustees last week to resolve a revenue-splitting agreement with Burton Village on two township properties put a hold on the village’s plans to go it alone.

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Averting a near complete collapse in talks last week, Burton Village officials were able to strike a deal with Berkshire school officials for payment on an estimated $315,000 water tap-in fee.

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Burton Village Council moved quickly Monday to provide access to its water for the new Berkshire Local School District pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade campus as council pondered another tax-sharing proposal from Burton Township on the school and a senior living community.

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Public schools across the Chagrin Valley and Geauga County for the most part performed well on the annual district report cards released this morning (Sept. 12) by the Ohio Department of Education.

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The Berkshire Community Planning Association reviewed plans last week for bringing full-time fire departments to the community and how it will gauge the community on the future of Berkshire School District’s soon-to-be abandoned buildings.

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Solon High School senior Samuel Oguntoyinbo was named the grand prize winner of the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage’s 11th annual Stop the Hate Youth Speak Out essay writing contest at an awards ceremony March 14 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.