Welcome back to another school year. I hope you had a wonderful summer and were able to brave the heat! I am excited to start my second year as Superintendent. We will continue to work tirelessly on our goals to increase student achievement, produce graduates that are college and/or career ready in a respectful, safe environment, and increase our parent and community involvement.
We are proud of the things we were able to accomplish last year and/or are preparing for the upcoming school year, some of which include: 1) the expansion of our preschool program; 2) the opening of our redesigned alternative learning program for our high school students (Compass Academy); and 3) the opportunity to form a partnership with The Cleveland Ballet. As a result, we were able to offer ballet lessons, free of charge to our middle school students. This year we are excited to announce that we will be adding lessons to 20 more students from Columbus and Carylwood. We will offset the cost of the program by hosting The Cleveland Ballet’s rendition of The Nutcracker that will take place on December 9, 2016 at Bedford High School. Please mark your calendars!
Another large part of our year has been spent working on our strategic planning process. Some of you may have taken part in one of the numerous focus groups that were offered that included staff, parents, students, community members, clergy, and many other groups. The members from the Impact Group, who conducted the research, gathered all of the input received and as a result, worked with administration to formulate goals and action steps for the next three years. You will be able to see a copy of the document very soon! We believe this document will help create a roadmap for the future and keep us focused on our number one goal …. student achievement.
I look forward to another great year and seeing everyone soon. Thank you for all you do for the children of the Bedford City Schools.
Andrea Celico, Ph.D.