Members of Bexley's Board of Education and school leaders have been considering the informal spaces around the Cassingham Complex, areas such as the cafeteria, hallways and other places where students gather when they are not committed to in-class time, to ensure are welcoming and conducive to positive interactions.

Members of Bexley's Board of Education and school leaders have been considering the informal spaces around the Cassingham Complex, areas such as the cafeteria, hallways and other places where students gather when they are not committed to in-class time, to ensure are welcoming and conducive to positive interactions.

The district, with support from the Bexley Education Foundation, has hired the DesignGroup + WONDER By Design team to help envision what those informal spaces might look like. DesignGroup, a Columbus firm, is responsible for a recent expansion of Columbus Schools for Girls' Health and Wellness area, as well as the new addition to Columbus Museum of Art in downtown Columbus.

DesignGroup + WONDER By Design has walked through Bexley's Cassingham Complex, spoken with students and administrators to get a start on the process. The firm's Jennifer Son is now setting up workshops to gather input. Participants will work in small groups and "delve deeper into a set of prevailing themes that have emerged from our investigation thus far, to get to the heart of 'why' and 'how' these themes are essential to Bexley," Son said in a press release.

On April 14 and 15, workshops with elementary school students Bexley Middle School and Bexley High School students, and faculty and administrators from around the district, will be held. At 6:30 p.m. April 14, in the Community Room, Bexley residents will gather for the community workshop.

Spaces are limited in the community workshop and registration is required.

For more information contact Amy Thompson, public information coordinator, at 614-352-7461.