By Terry D. Wright
BRADFORD — John Stekli began his duties as Bradford School’s new superintendent on Aug. 1, but he has had contact with the district for a long time.
Although Stekli has worked in small and large school districts as a teacher, vice principal and principal, he has officiated Bradford football for many years.
“I consider it a great opportunity having been aware of Bradford through athletics and officiating football for 25 years,” he said when considering his reasons for coming to Bradford. He noted the many friendships and acquaintances he has developed over the years in the Bradford community because of their athletic program.
Stekli enjoys the smaller districts and sees them as a challenge. “Small districts give you a great opportunity in schools because your students are not only competing with local or state-wide students but world-wide in today’s market system,” Stekli said.
The new superintendent graduated from Springboro High School and lives in Troy. He has served as New Lebanon “Dixie” High School vice principal, Northmont’s Middle School principal for three years, and six years as Sidney’s Middle School principal among other educational appointments and duties along the way.
He said that he was excited about the Bradford School system would be implementing the common core and new PARCC assessment and standards. The State of Ohio joined the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) as a Participating State in the spring of 2010 and helped shape PARCC’s proposal for a common, next-generation student assessment system. Ohio became a PARCC Governing State in November 2011.
Stekli said he is very interested and concerned about the real world skills needed in today’s economy and his students learning those skills. Critical thinking and problem solving skills were seen as very important by Stekli and much needed in today’s market of world-wide trade and economy. Additionally, all of Ohio’s colleges and universities will use the PARCC assessments as one of the indicators of a student’s readiness for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses. The acceptance of PARCC assessments by Ohio’s colleges and universities have ensured that students will succeed.