BRADFORD - Bradford Exempted Village Schools is gearing up to head back to the classroom on Monday making it a busy week for families as they gather last-minute supplies and ready their children for the routine of school work and extracurricular activities.
Bradford began resuming their school year earlier than the rest of Darke County, before the end of the Great Darke County Fair, because they find themselves in a unique position of being located in both Darke and Miami Counties; in the past two years, there haven’t been any problems coinciding with the Darke County Fair, according to school personnel; beginning a week earlier is actually an advantage for students, they said.
This year, students can look forward to a new superintendent, John Stekli, who was hired on a one-year contract as a first-time interim superintendent in May. Stekli and previous interim Bradford superintendent, Ken Miller, will work together, with Miller acting as an administrative consultant.
“We’re looking forward to a great school year,” Stekli noted. “Our teachers have been working hard over the summer, and we’re excited to bring some new programs to Bradford, including Rachel’s Challenge, for our students.”
The junior high and high school science, technology, engineering and mathematics program will have a 3-D printer and computer available this year, he said, advancing opportunities for hands-on learning and partnerships, he added.
As far as whether there have been new classes or programs added, Stekli said being new means everything is new to him, and he’s excited about a fresh start.
“Teachers and educators love school; that’s why we work at schools,” Stekli noted. “The great thing is, I’ve always found, about working at a school, is that you have a cyclical year…Certainly everyone enjoys the time in the sun and all that, but I’ve always found educators are chomping at the bit in August to get into the school and get ready.
“I’ve certainly seen that here a Bradford so far,” he added. “Numerous folks are in working and getting ready, even when they’re not obligated to be here yet. They do it because they love working with the kids. I’ve seen a lot of that here, and I’m excited to get started myself! It’s always fun when school starts, it’s always a great day.”