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BCSD Facilities Project

Committee Lays Foundation for BCSD's Building a Brighter Future Project
   
 
    BEDFORD — Dozens of members of the BCSD Building a Brighter Future Project Committee continued their work, focusing on enrollment, partnerships and career-technical education.

The group met to hear a presentation regarding career tech and partnerships, as well as enrollment and potential grade banding for elementary schools. The group then divided into subcommittees with each having a robust discussion focused on a topic.

The group then came back together to share views for what works well in the district, where improvements may be needed and how they believe our schools can best serve students, families and the community now and in the future.

These discussions and perspectives are critical because the recommendations will impact space and technology needs for the future building project.

In 2023, the committee will make recommendations to the Bedford Board of Education regarding a plan to address the district's aging and expensive-to-maintain school buildings.

The district is working with the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and expects to ask voters to approve a bond issue likely in 2023 to finance a portion of the costs. If the district moves forward within OFCC requirements, the state would cover 22% of the project cost.

Superintendent Dr. Cassandra Johnson says our students and families have waited long enough and the district must make improvements.

“Our students have seen their counterparts in surrounding districts get new, state-of-the-art buildings,” she said. “Our students deserve that too. In fact, it’s our responsibility to provide it to help them succeed and be competitive after high school graduation — whether they choose to go to college, enroll in a trade school, join the military or enter the job market.

The committee will meet again at the end of November to continue moving the process forward.