Dear Bedford City Schools Community,
As we move into the second half of the 2014-2015 school year, I am proud of the accomplishments of our students and the dedication of our staff.
We started the school year preparing for a 4.9-mil operating levy on the November 4th ballot. Due in large part to the hard work of our Board and staff, who made phone calls, walked door to door, passed out yard signs and volunteered to do other campaign work on their own time; we were able to pass the levy by a significant margin. I also appreciate the support of our school volunteers who lent a hand as needed, the endorsement of our four mayors, and the support of all the community members who gave the district a vote of confidence by voting “yes” on Issue 1. I am grateful not to have to begin the New Year by implementing the $2 million in cuts that would have been necessary, had the levy failed. I assure you that we will continue to be excellent stewards of the taxpayers’ dollars.
The Bearcat football team brought a great amount of excitement to the district and community at large. Not only did they win the Lake Erie League Championship, but for the first time in history, the Bearcats had their first undefeated season with a record of 10-0. They made it through the first two rounds of playoff games and were the #1 seed in Division II Region 3. I am proud of this team and its coaches, not only on the field, but off. They are men of character and among the finest representatives of what it means to be a Bedford Bearcat.
On the 2014 Ohio Report Card, we were pleased to have scored high in some areas, and we are committed to raising scores in other areas in which we scored lower. Over the last few years, the district has continued to meet more standards on the report card. Our Performance Index (a measure of the test results of every student, not just those who scored proficient or higher) has continued to increase for the 5th consecutive year. We also received an A for the second consecutive year in the overall Progress (value added) measure, illustrating that students achieved 2+ years of growth in one year in math and reading.
I would like the community to be aware of a comprehensive report published by the district earlier this year called the Quality Profile. This report defines the educational value of the Bedford Schools and includes additional accountability measures that better define a high quality education and are not included in the state’s report card. The report is divided into six categories: academics, arts, student leadership and activities, fiscal stewardship, parent and community involvement, and student services. This report can be found on our website under the Publications quick link.
I invite you to visit our website and our district Facebook page (Facebook.com/BedfordCitySchoolDistrict) on a regular basis to get updates on student accomplishments, events, and other important news from the schools.
We are committed to making a difference one student at a time, and we will continue to engage in best practices to ensure the success of all students in the Bedford City Schools. We appreciate your continued support.
Sherman C. Micsak
Superintendent of Schools