BGCS Mission and Vision

Vision Statement

Provide excellent instruction and equitable opportunities for each student. 

Mission Statement

BGCS is committed to high academic expectations and extracurricular opportunities in an inclusive, caring, safe, and healthy environment. We empower and support our teachers to be responsive to each student through challenging and engaging curriculum. We partner with families and community to ensure student success.   

Core Values

• Accountability  • Compassion  • Courage  • Creativity • Integrity • Respect  • Responsibility  • Service

Best Reasons to Support the BGCS Bond Issue

  • Bowling Green City Schools is not eligible for any state assistance for facilities improvements at this time; estimated eligibility is approximately 8 years in the future.


  • The cost of construction will likely increase 3-5% yearly which is why the Board of Education decided to put the issue on the May ballot.


  • District buildings are at full capacity with costly modular units being added at Conneaut and Crim.


  • Building new, individual elementary schools would eliminate the educational and financial benefits of consolidation and add an additional cost of $1.5 million to provide swing space during construction.


  • Having a central campus can expedite response time for safety personnel and first responders.


  • Organized by grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5, the structure will act as 3 individual schools under one roof, which not only saves money, but also provides equity of resources, class size, and learning opportunities.


  • The new, combined renovation project for the high school adds 33% more square footage for savings of approximately $20 million over new construction, while increasing energy efficiency which will save money over time.


  • Because the construction at the high school will be completed in 4 phases, students will remain in existing classrooms until new academic space is completed. This eliminates the expense of paying for swing space, an estimated savings of $1.5 million over the length of the project.


  • Property values will rise when families believe Bowling Green is a community with vibrant schools.


  • The most critical reason for passing this bond issue is to provide our kids with the best education we can. From kindergarten to high school, our children spend almost 7 hours a day in their classrooms. Let's make it memorable!

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The More You Know....

Why Are We Asking for Your Support on May 8th?

  • Bowling Green City Schools is not eligible for any state assistance for renovation or new construction at this time; estimated eligibility is approximately 8 years in the future.
  • The cost of construction will likely increase by 3-5% yearly:
    • 2019-$76,440,000
    • 2020-$78,000,000
    • 2021-$79,570,000
    • 2022-$81,190,000
    • 2023-$82,830,000
    • 2024-$84,540,000
    • This is why the Board of Education decided to put the issue on the May ballot.
  • District buildings are at full capacity with costly modular units being added at Conneaut and Crim.
  • By the end of the 2018-2019 school year, Bowling Green City Schools will have the oldest facilities of the 9 school districts in Wood County. It is fiscally irresponsible to spend money on old buildings that lack structural integrity.

Why Does Elementary Consolidation Make Sense?

  • Building new, individual elementary schools would eliminate the educational and financial benefits of consolidation and add an additional cost of $1.5 million to provide swing space during construction.
  • A consolidated building is self-contained, physically distanced from the middle school, 350 yards or approximately 3 football fields away, and 600 yards or approximately 6 football fields away from the high school. Having a central campus can expedite response time for safety personnel and first responders.
  • Organized by grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5, the structure will act as 3 individual schools under one roof, which not only saves money, but also provides equity of resources, class size, and learning opportunities.
  • Due to the close proximity of all grade levels, teacher collaboration will increase which research has shown improves teacher performance and student achievement. (American Educational Journal, 2015). This will be possible with a consolidated elementary school .

What Are the Benefits of the District-Wide Project?

  • Over the life of the bond, there will be significant cost savings to the district for a total of $15,928,500. Add to that, new revenue streams of approximately $1,783,400 which will become available if this issue passes, for a combined total of $17,711,900. This contributes $478,700 per year to the general fund, which lessens the need to come back to voters for future operating levies.
  • Bowling Green must compete with neighboring districts to attract families, businesses, and teachers. The most successful way to do this is to have safer, functional, attractive, and up-to-date facilities.
  • Property values rise when families believe Bowling Green is a community with vibrant schools.
  • The most critical reason for passing this bond issue is to provide our kids with the best education we can. From kindergarten to high school, our children spend almost 7 hours a day in their classrooms. Let's make it memorable!

Why Is the Proposed Project for the High School the Best Option?

  • The new, combined renovation project adds 33% more square footage for a savings of approximately $20 million over new construction, while increasing energy efficiency which will save money over time.
  • The increased academic space will meet current and future instructional needs as it addresses continual demands for technology updates and upgrades.
  • Because the construction will be completed in 4 phases, students can stay in existing classrooms until new academic space is completed. This eliminates the expense of paying for swing space and an estimated savings of $1.5 million over the length of the project.
  • Additionally, this design focuses on safety and security measures unattainable in the current structure.

Why Do New School Facilities Energize Your Property Values?

  • One out of 5 home buyers surveyed will pay between 6%-10% more to be in a good school district. One out of 10 home buyers surveyed will pay up to 20% more for a home with access to the right school.
  • Families with children or those planning a family are willing to pay more to give their children access to a good education with good facilities.
  • Good schools can help insulate a home from market fluctuations, making your property a more sound investment.
  • Good schools help build equity in your home, resulting in a higher price when you sell your property with greater equity as the reward.


"Good schools are one of the best economic development investments a community can make. Good schools are a benefit to everyone in the community, not just the students."SANDY ROWLAND, Realtor, Councilperson-At-Large, BG


*National Association of Realtors, Realtor.com

Bond Issue Tax Details

Calculating Your Property Tax Increase

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For more information on your individual  property tax, please contact the Wood county auditor at 419-354-9173.

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