Bexley Middle School gets $205,000 K-8 STEM grant

Bexley Middle School learned last week that it has earned a $205,862 K-8 STEM Grant from the Ohio Business Alliance for Higher Education and the Economy.

BMS Principal Harley Williams noted that Bexley was the top performer among the schools presenting proposals for this particular grant. The grant will support a Bexley initiative enhancing science and mathematics, including partnerships with area colleges, according to Dr. Anne Hyland, Director of Curriculum and Instruction.

"We appreciate Mr. Williams spearheading the effort to get these funds," she said.

The public-private partnership including the Ohio Business Alliance is designed to train and connect some 100,000 students to "jobs in Ohio’s 21st century economy," notes the organization‚s Web site.

Ohio’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Learning Network is funded in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and managed by Battelle, a Columbus non-profit independent research and development organization.

The committee considering the STEM grant proposals was impressed with Bexley’s plan, noted Shaun C. Yoder, Executive Director for the Ohio Business Alliance.

"Students handling the evaluation portion of the program as an inquiry is impressive," indicated the report of the committee that determined 2009 funding allocations for STEM Schools and K-8 STEM Programs of Excellence. The BMS program will train substitute teachers to carry on and maintain continuity when staffers are unavailable.

For more information about Bexley‚s STEM grant, contact Williams at (614) 237-4277 or

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