Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year in the Bedford City Schools! I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself as your new Superintendent of Schools. I am honored to have been chosen to lead the Bedford City School District, one of the finest in the state of Ohio. That has been proven, in part, by having procured a ranking of 35 out of 611 districts around the state in the value-added rating on the Ohio School Report Card. This recognition could not have been realized without a great deal of teamwork. I have quickly learned that the Bearcat tradition of excellence is due to the wonderful people of the communities and the hard work of the students and faculty.
As Superintendent, I will work tirelessly on our path to excellence.
I began my career in the Euclid City School District, where I served as fifth grade teacher, assistant principal, principal, and assistant superintendent. I then spent two years in the Cleveland Heights-University Heights school district as assistant superintendent, where I had the opportunity to take on a wider range of responsibilities. Both districts have prepared me for the challenges I will experience and the adventures in which I will embark as Bedford’s superintendent.
I earned my Ph.D. from Cleveland State University in the Urban Administration program in 2008, where I completed my qualitative study on “Resiliency in African-American Middle School Boys.” I have spent years researching and presenting on the achievement gaps that exist between African-American and Caucasian students. I have also instructed aspiring principals in Cleveland State’s educational administration program since 2011.
Beginning as Superintendent on August 1, I was able to share in the excitement of planning for and kicking off the new school year. I was so pleased to see the energy, enthusiasm and teamwork from our administrators and staff, as we worked together to prepare for the students’ return. I want to thank all of our students, families, teachers, and staff members for ensuring that the new school year got off to a smooth and successful start.
As we move forward through the school year, I want the community members to be aware of the district’s top priorities. Our four major goals for this school year are:
1. All students will graduate on time and equipped to be successful in college and/or career.
2. All students will be exposed to real-world applications in a warm, welcoming, respectful environment.
3. There will be an increase in student achievement as measured by the state-administered assessments.
4. Through a targeted and specific communications and marketing plan, we will increase parent and community involvement.
I would like to ask for your support in implementing some of these important initiatives. According to the National Education Association, parent, family, and community involvement in education correlates with higher academic performance and school improvement. When schools, parents, families, and communities work together to support learning, students tend to earn higher grades, attend school more regularly, stay in school longer, and enroll in higher level programs. The success of our students, in turn, leads to a stronger, thriving community.
You have entrusted the young people of our community to our care, and I expect our staff to give their best each day. It is my expectation that we will provide a safe and warm teaching and learning environment that provides every student with the opportunities to grow academically, physically, socially, and emotionally as each student realizes his or her potential. It is our job to provide every student with the necessary skills to be college and career ready. Every student will be equipped with the study habits and skills necessary to pursue and achieve their goals and dreams.
These dreams can’t be realized in isolation. I will need the help and support of all four communities to make our dreams a reality for the students of the Bedford City Schools. I look forward to working together to provide the best educational experience for the children of our community. Please know that you are welcome at the Bedford Schools. If you have any questions, if you would like to volunteer in a school, or if you need more information on any of our programs, please feel free to call us at 440-439-4520.
Andrea Celico, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools