Notes from the Superintendent’s Update – Friday, Dec. 8

This is a portion of the Superintendent’s Update by Superintendent Cliff Chuang mailed to Bedford Public School community on Friday, Dec. 8. Please find this week’s full issue of Superintendent’s Update and back issues at bedfordps.org.

Picture of Bedford Public Schools staff at the METCO Directors Conference on Dec. 1. Courtesy Image

Cliff’s Notes

Dear Bedford Public Schools Community,

I had a great time with a great crew of BPS educators last Friday at the METCO Directors’ Association Educators Conference. This picture makes me smile because I think we kind of look like a team of superheroes (which is what teaching feels like these days). I left inspired to continue the work to ensure that all of our students, especially those who have been historically underserved, have the opportunities to fulfill their potential. This week, I also had the chance to meet with several school councils. I had wonderful conversations with each of them, including with the fifth graders on the Lane student council. They had many specific, practical suggestions, but I was most heartened by how they demonstrated our core values of achievement, community, inclusion, and empathy in their comments. The future is bright!

Sincerely,
Cliff Chuang 莊 宏 毅
Superintendent, Bedford Public Schools

Upcoming Events

December 7 – December 15, 2023: Hanukkah (Chanukah)
December 18, 2023: International Migrants Day
December 19, 2023: School Committee Meeting
December 22, 2023: Last Day of School for Winter Vacation
December 25 2023 – January 1, 2024: Winter Break – No School
December 25, 2023: Christmas
December 26, 2023 – January 1, 2024: Kwanzaa
January 2, 2024: School back in Session

BPS Performing Arts Calendar

The Bedford Public Schools Performing Arts department has many great upcoming events, including four winter concerts over the next the next few weeks. (The JGMS chorus students did a wonderful job this past Wednesday evening). Be sure to check out events card created by POMS and the full Performing Arts schedule and come see our students in action!

Update on FY25 Capital Budget Request and School Safety Plan – Security Cameras

This week, the FY25 Capital Budget recommendations were presented by the Capital Expenditures Committee to the Select Board. The recommendations include the School Committee’s $925,000 for Phase 2 of our school safety plan, which includes the installation of interior security cameras at each of our schools, aligned with the top recommendation from the expert school safety review conducted earlier this year. The Town Manager plans to fund at least part of this plan with free cash, which will allow us to begin installation of cameras immediately after the March 2024 Town Meeting, assuming approval. I am also happy to report that due the collaborative and creative efforts of our Finance and Facilities team, we will be able to install an initial set of cameras at BHS to cover high priority interior spaces over the winter break using non-capital funds as previously outlined. We appreciate the feedback that we have received from stakeholders throughout this process.

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