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Elementary Facilities Plan Under Way

Beachwood City Schools hires Project Management Consultants to guide elementary facilities plan

July 7, 2022

The Beachwood City School District is ensuring its elementary schools are future ready. 

The district will begin developing a facility plan for the Hilltop, Bryden, and Fairmount school buildings. Project Management Consultants (PMC) will serve as the district’s owner’s representative. The Cleveland-based firm will facilitate a multi-step process that includes assessing the elementary buildings, seeking community input, and overseeing the project budget and design. 

PMC will develop several options for replacing and/or renovating the aging buildings to ensure the facilities meet the standard to support elementary education in the 21st century. Hilltop and Bryden were first constructed in the 1950s. 

PMC is known for developing some of Cleveland’s most prominent buildings, including the Hilton Cleveland Downtown, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, the CWRU Maltz Performing Arts Center and the Cleveland Convention Center. PMC’s education portfolio features the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools, Tri-C, and Lake Local Schools in Millbury.

Through surveys and public forums, Beachwood City Schools will continue to seek community input to guide the vision for the district’s PK-5 facilities. Families, students, staff and residents will have opportunities to ask questions and engage in conversations about how the elementary facilities can better serve the Beachwood community and accommodate innovative programs and instruction.

“It will be a public process,” said PMC Director Steven J. Zannoni in a June 27 presentation to the Beachwood City Schools Board of Education. The following community meetings are projected:

  • September: PMC will present the elementary school needs and discuss general master planning concepts with public input and questions.

  • October: The public will review master plan options and have opportunities to ask questions and offer feedback.

  • November: PMC will present one or two options for recommendation to the Board of Education.

In particular, Zannoni said he wants to hear suggestions from Beachwood’s elementary students. Youngsters may be asked to share their vision of the facilities by creating drawings, constructing 3D models with Legos and participating in public meetings, Zannoni said. 

“We all think about school the way we went to school,” Zannoni said. “That’s why current student input is so important.”

About Hilltop Elementary
A National Blue-Ribbon school, Hilltop Elementary serves Beachwood’s third, fourth and fifth-grade students. The goal statement “Learning Together, Building Our Future” guides Hilltop’s vision and values. Click here to learn how Hilltop’s comprehensive academic program meets the needs of each individual student.

About Bryden Elementary

Bryden Elementary is the attendance center for the Beachwood City School District's kindergarten, first, and second-grade students. Bryden's mission is "To provide an environment that will nurture the growth of each child." Click here to learn more about Bryden's range of curricular programs designed to meet the individualized needs of each student.


About Fairmount Early Childhood Learning Center

The Fairmount Early Childhood Learning Center is a five-star rated preschool open to Beachwood residents and nonresidents. Fairmount offers a full school-year calendar and preschool summer camp. Click here to learn more about Fairmount's student-centered curriculum that allows children to develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually while attaining independence and kindergarten readiness.



Lauren Meade, M.S.

Director of Communications

Beachwood City School District

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