On Monday, April 11, 2022, the Ohio Department of Education announced its Class of 2022 Purple Star Schools, which included all four of Bay Village City School District’s schools: Normandy Elementary School (grades K-2); Westerly Elementary School (grades 3-4); Bay Middle School (grades 5-8); and Bay High School (grades 9-12). This is the first year the district has applied for and received this distinction, and Bay Village Schools is the only district in Cuyahoga County to earn this distinction this year. The designation is for 2022-2025.
The Ohio Department of Education announced that only 94 schools received the esteemed award for the first time. Overall, 263 Ohio schools received Purple Star designations. Purple Star schools show a significant commitment to serving students and families connected to our nation’s armed forces.
Bay Village Schools started the Purple Star initiative this school year under Interim Superintendent Char Shryock, who saw the need after personally meeting with stakeholders and realizing how many military-connected families live in Bay Village.
“I was surprised at the depth of experience we have within our many military-connected families, both active and retired,” said Shryock. “I am beyond pleased that our team was able to share with the Ohio Department of Education how important our military families are to our district. Earning this distinction for all four of our school buildings on our first attempt is beyond what I had hoped for.”
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