Bexley City School District Superintendent Kimberly Pietsch Miller is inviting community members to join her for a cup of coffee and discussion of the sixth-grade move from the district's three elementary schools to the middle school, which began this school year.

Miller will address the topic at the second Coffee Connection session at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, at the Table by Market District restaurant inside the Giant Eagle grocery store at 2250 E. Main St.

Miller, who joined the district Aug. 1, said she launched the Coffee Connection series last month to give residents an opportunity to provide direct feedback in a relaxed setting.

"One of the things I committed to doing is I wanted to hear from the community," she said. "I wanted to have different avenues for people to communicate with the district.

"As the year goes on, we'll have community surveys and focus groups. But the Coffee Connection is an informal way to have a casual conversation," Miller said.

Miller and Bexley Middle School Principal Jason Caudill also addressed the sixth-grade move at the inaugural Coffee Connection session on Sept. 28. The purpose of the Oct. 19 session, she said, is "just to share how that's going, what kind of things have been put in place to support the students, and get people's feedback."

Miller said she plans to hold one Coffee Connection per month for several months, at different times of the day and at various locations to promote as much participation as possible.

More formal opportunities for community feedback will be offered once Miller begins overseeing the drafting of a new strategic plan, she added.

"As we get into the strategic planning process," she said, "we'll have surveys and different ways to communicate, so we may not have as many (Coffee Connection sessions) in the spring."

For more information about the connection series, visit Bexleyschools.org.

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