At its Organizational Meeting on January 11th, the Bedford Board of Education elected Tim Tench as President and Barbara A. Patterson as Vice President for 2018.

Mr. Tench was elected to the Board in 2005 and was re-elected in 2009, 2013 and 2017. He served as President in 2009 and 2012 and Vice President in 2011 and 2017. He is retired from the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District, where he worked for 22 years as a tradesman. A graduate of the Cleveland Institute of Medical Message, Mr. Tench is the owner of a message therapy business called Hands on Wellness. He is a lifelong resident of Bedford and 1969 graduate of Bedford High School. His term expires on December 31, 2021.

Mrs. Patterson was appointed to the Board in 2002 and was subsequently elected in 2003 and re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2015. She was Vice President in 20015 and 2007 and President in 2008, 2010 and 2015. A career educator, Mrs. Patterson retired in 2009 after more than 39 years as a teacher and administrator in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. She and her husband James reside in Oakwood Village. Her term expires on December 31, 2019.

The Board also scheduled the following meeting dates for 2018:

January 11 & 25      

February 1 & 15                                          

March 1 & 15                                   

April 12                                                                                                        

May 3  & 24 (in Columbus Intermediate School auditorium)                                    

June 7 & 28             

July 19          

August 2 & 16                                              

September 6 & 20               

October 4 &18                     

November 8                                     

December 6

All regular meetings begin at 6 p.m. on the above-scheduled Thursdays, unless otherwise indicated, and are held in the Administration Center Board Room, 475 Northfield Road, Bedford, or other designated sites as may be determined by the Bedford Board of Education. Call 440-439-4777 to confirm the location of meetings.


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5771 Perkins Rd.
Bedford Heights, OH 44146  

Phone: 440-439-4450 
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