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Inspiring Excellence



Inspiring Excellence Berea, Brook Park, Middleburg Heights, and a portion of Olmsted Falls Winter 2016 | Volume 27 In this issue: Old Schools Put a Strain on Finances by Treasurer Ryan Ghizzoni Strong Education Provides an Excellent Value to Community Community Forum Times and Dates Important Dates FEB 15 MAR 10 MAR 18 MAR 21-25 MAR 28 No School President’s Day The Education Foundation Auction No School Teacher Work Day No School Spring Break No School Teacher Conference Camp Day Old School Facilities in Need of Repairs By Superintendent Michael Sheppard Berea City Schools is proud of the excellent traditions in our schools. We have amazing teachers and staff members who work tirelessly every day to help our students succeed. However, we also have old schools that are in need of significant repairs. If you have visited any of our schools in the last few years, you will notice the amazing job our maintenance and custodial crew has done to keep our entryways and hallways clean and well maintained. What is less obvious are the outdated heating, ventilation, air conditioning, water, and lighting systems behind some of our very old walls. These systems have placed a significant strain on our operations and made updates to our learning spaces, including some security updates, impossible. Our teachers want to provide the best and most up to date learning experiences for our students, so that they are college and career ready. However, students need to know how to use the latest technology and computer systems in order for this to be a reality. The current infrastructure in our older schools will not support the necessary wiring and electrical requirements for this type of a basic learning environment. This isn’t about luxuries. It’s about preparing our students to face the current world they are expected to learn and work in. The high school was built in 1928. While we love the many memories it has brought to our students, we do not love the outdated mechanical systems that are difficult to find parts “We must face these challenges together as a community.” for the many repairs. We do not love the significant temperature changes that happen from classroom to classroom. The lighting systems drain electricity at a high level, and we know more environmentally friendly and cost effective options are available today. Over the next few months, Berea City Schools will engage our community to have real conversations about these very real problems with our school facilities. We must face these challenges together as a community as our schools are a source of pride and investment for all of our residents. I am excited to listen to what our community members have to say about these challenges, and how we can work together to address these problems in a responsible manner. MAR 29-31 District Orchestra Festival CONNECT WITH US /BereaCitySchools @BereaCSD Hashtag #BCSDTitans BMHS BASEMENT CONCRETE CEILING

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