HUDSON — The school athletic director has resigned to accept a position as assistant principal in the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District next school year.
Bryan Bedford recently accepted a three-year contract for the position at Central School, which teaches fourth and fifth grade, effective Aug. 1. The Hudson Board of Education unanimously approved his resignation at its June 11 meeting, effective June 26. His salary for this school year was $92,930.
"Bryan Bedford is highly respected by so many," said Doreen Osmun, assistant superintendent for Hudson schools. "His focus on students and their well-being has been an inspiration to others. Bryan has a strong commitment to doing everything well and to being 'all in' for students, coaches, teachers, parents, administrators, and his family.
"He demonstrates positivity and humility each day because of his deep sense of commitment and working toward making the community a better place for our children. Bryan will be greatly missed within our Hudson school community. We care about him and wish the very best."
Bedford was hired as the athletic director for Hudson in June 2017, after serving as a unit principal at Hudson High School for four years. Before that he spent six years as a guidance counselor at Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School. He currently resides in Streetsboro with his wife, Kristin, and children, Carlee, 10, and Kristopher, 6.
"I want to thank Hudson City School District, staff and students for affording me the opportunity to serve their community for five years," Bedford said. "I've grown a ton during this time and built several strong relationships that I'm confident will last for many years to come. As I told the students every year at the leadership conference they ask me to speak at: we are always representing something bigger than ourselves. Embrace that challenge each day with those you represent on your heart and mind."
Bedford said he grew up in Racine, Wis., and his parents just moved here from there.
"My family has provided a tremendous about of support and I certainly cannot thank them enough for their inspiration and encouragement," Bedford said.
Service and integrity are key attributes for any leader, Bedford says.
"My legacy will be decided by those who I've tried to serve over any period of time I've spent in any position," he said. "My hope is that when my eulogy is being read, anyone who speaks of me will talk more about the integrity of my intent and less about individual accolades. The greatest accomplishments are always the relationships you're able to build through service. We have several people in this world that all too often go unmentioned and overlooked. I'm just as guilty as anyone by not recognizing those who are truly making the difference in education. I personally want to thank them for everything they continue to do for kids."
Bedford said he hoped to "provide a positive influence and experience for kids" in his new position.
"Our role in education is so critical and I value and appreciate any chance we get to make a lasting impact on developing students," he said.
Osmun said the district will immediately seek candidates for the position and hopes to fill it soon.
"In the interim, we will ensure that our athletes and sports programs are well prepared for the upcoming year," she added.
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