A Message from Superintendent Celico
Dear Parents and Community Members,
Greetings and Happy New Year! I hope you found time to relax over the holiday season and enjoyed time with family and friends. We often get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays and forget to take time for ourselves and our families. I find myself marveling at the speed in which time moves! We are already half way through the school year. Moving into our second semester, our staff will continue to work strategically and diligently to provide a world-class education for all of our students in the Bedford Schools.
One of the most enjoyable parts of my job is to get to know our wonderful students. I meet with approximately 20 BHS seniors known as the Supe’s Troops at least once a month for lunch, discussion, and idea sharing, as well as to plan service learning projects. To help spread holiday cheer, these students raised $750, which we used to purchase hats, gloves, socks, toiletries and other supplies that they used to fill over 30 backpacks that were provided to homeless men in Cleveland and Lorain. In addition, the students organized and divided a load of supplies donated by a church. They wrapped over 30 boxes and packed 35 bags that were stuffed with clothing, toiletries, bus passes, and many other donated supplies. Then, several of the students and I took a trip on a Sunday afternoon to Tower City where we had lunch, followed by a visit to the men’s homeless shelter in Cleveland, where the students were able to personally deliver the gifts to approximately 70 men! I am so pleased with the generosity of our students who genuinely enjoy helping others. Our students are bright, well-mannered, and thoughtful! I am so proud of them.
In other business, our Board of Education members have opted to adopt Board Docs, which is an electronic system used to communicate information pertaining to board meetings (i.e. agendas, contracts, minutes, etc.). Therefore, beginning February 2, 2017, you will see board members using electronic devices to retrieve their information, and you will also notice board agendas and minutes posted on our website. We will no longer be sending regular board meeting agendas or minutes to people who have requested them, as that information will be available for public review on our website. We will, however, send notices of special board meetings to those who have expressed an interest in receiving them. Please be patient as we make this transition! This new system will help to increase transparency and provide more open communication with the public, while improving productivity as well as saving money.
We have been making significant advancements in the progress of our strategic planning. District administrators meet monthly to monitor the progress being made in the numerous subcommittees that have been formed to develop recommendations and action steps for achieving each of the six goal areas of the Strategic Plan: 1. Student Success; 2. Staff Recruitment, Retention and Development; 3. Facilities and Infrastructure; 4. Student Safety and Well-Being; 5. Communications; and 6. Accountable, Responsible and Transparent Management of District Finances and Resources. Progress has also been more easily monitored with the use of an on-going electronic document in which goal facilitators track the progress and completion of action steps. This accountability system keeps us on track and helps our team members work more effectively toward their goals.
As part of our Communications Goal, the district will create messaging and establish a “brand” that resonates with our target audiences. Although a great deal of feedback has already been derived from staff, parents, students and community members in 16 focus group sessions, we will soon be reaching out to the community once again to seek additional input to guide us in our rebranding efforts. We look forward to working together to brainstorm, design and select the various components of our updated brand, which may include a revised logo, slogan, messaging, etc.
Thank you for your continued support of the Bedford City Schools! We are fortunate to have such great partners in education.
Andrea Celico, Ph.D.