What’s right and what is wrong?

Jeffrey Ramnytz

Barberton Schools Superintendent

9 x 1 = 9, 9 x 2 = 19, 9 x 3 = 27, 9 x 4 = 36, 9 x 5 = 45, 9 x 6 = 54

Yes, I know…..I got 9 x 2 wrong ……its 18. 

Society has conditioned us to point out what is wrong and not the fact that five were correct. People want to point out the negative. 

The state report card has come and there will be people that want to point out what is wrong. Some will say we are failing and call for the board, the administration and teachers to resign. 

We appreciate those opinions and we know we have to improve. 

We have improved on 16/21 of the indicators, some by double digit percentages. We just missed the government indicator by receiving a 79 percent. In the state of Ohio’s calculation we need an 80 percent to hit an indicator. A 79 percent is considered an F. If that was the case when many of us where in high school we would not have graduated. Our teachers, board and principals knew when they started working in Barberton that things aren’t cookie cutter, that we have students at different levels and students who need a great deal of support. They still signed. Most would not want to work anywhere else.

Let’s take a look at what else we are doing right.

We meet each child where they are academically until they are on a pathway to the three E’s, Enrolled, Enlisted, Employed. Students that do not hit the markers in the year they are supposed to because of this factor. Never the less we keep working with them until they do.

We provide high achieving academic students a pathway including gifted and talented services, destination imagination, honors track, AP courses and college credit plus. 

We offer 21 career education opportunities. We are seeking programming that will provide our students with great careers and productive lives. We offer a multitude of opportunities in the arts, athletics, and a variety of clubs. We provide outstanding special education services. Many families move to Barberton to receive these services. We provide tutoring during school, after school and great academic programing in the summer. We treat all who come through our doors with respect and compassion and welcome them as a part of our  family. 

We make sure we recruit and hire the most highly qualified, caring and professional teachers that are available. Our students have a variety of academic and social-emotional needs, and Barberton teachers are elite because they find a way to reach every student

Because some of our students are not on the state’s timeline and do not hit the indicators when they say they should, does not mean we give up on them. Our staff keeps pushing and providing intervention until they do meet graduation requirements. We would be failures if we did not do this. 

If students stay with us, they will graduate. What people do not understand about our graduation rate is that if a student leaves our district and does not enroll in another school district, they stay on our rolls as non-graduates. This happens more often than you would think. We have no control over this process and no way of finding these students. 

Before coming to Barberton, I worked in a district close to us that was great but not where I needed to be. My passion is with Barberton students, Barberton families and the city of Barberton. I needed to be where there were many challenges, but great support. I needed to be in a place where my efforts could change lives. I needed to be in a place where I could grow programing for all students and meet their needs, academically and emotionally. I needed to be in a place I could provide life pathway guidance and support. I found this place in Barberton. I love this place, and all it represents. The community is extremely supportive and most understand that the district is doing everything in its power to help all students. 

We will continue to get better, serve our diverse population and improve academically. We will continue to focus on what we are doing right. If you would like to discuss any of what I said in this article, do not hesitate to call me at 330-753-1025 ext. 13124.


  1. Dumb parents not teachers on September 21, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Is your kid dumb because of the teachers or because it’s just dumb? Apple don’t fall far from the tree. How many kids down on Norton Ave. are taking advantage of the college credits? Them Obama phones are in their faces instead of homework. Keep blaming the highly educated teachers for your kids not wanting and you not helping to get smarter.

  2. Ed on September 21, 2018 at 7:07 am

    Need to quit beating around the bush Mr. Stuperintendent. Well a 79 is considered a D. A D is a D no matter what number you pit to it, An F is and F. Just face it, Barberton Schools are Failing the kids of Barberton. From the top down. Maybe the Administrators, School Board, Teachers need to wake up and get on the ball. Our kids need way more than what you are giving them. You need to bring in people who care more about these kids and not just advance them to get them out of your hair.

  3. John Q Public on September 20, 2018 at 8:14 pm

    What is wrong with holding the board, the administration and teachers, accountable. In the private sector, poor performance is followed by job searching. At the current rate, our tax dollars are being wasted on under performing methods. CHANGE THEM, do not defend them.

  4. edbassmaster on September 20, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Lighten up Francis!! If you’re reading these comments and taking them to heart then I am sorry sir.Do what you do.You don’t need anyones approval or praise.These viewslines are for breaking balls sir.For me anyway.By the way you’re very good at math sir.Reminds me of my pet squirrel Timmy.He counts his acorns all d’way to 100 pretty easily with not much help from his pops!

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