Bethany School Moves Forward with First Major Capital Campaign


For Immediate Release
June 9, 2016

Glendale, OH – After a successful Readiness Assessment period that interviewed over 160 parents and alumni of the only Episcopal School in Ohio, the leadership of Bethany School has unanimously agreed to continue moving forward with a capital campaign.

The Cincinnati area school completed their first ever strategic plan in 2014 which included the formation of a master site plan. The plan includes over $10 million in improvements and new buildings that will help serve the needs of students for the next several generations. Many of Bethany’s existing buildings were constructed in the 1930’s and 1940’s and cannot be renovated reasonably. A new Grade 3 -8 building and a new K-2 building will serve as anchors for the new project which will also include a new dining hall, art rooms, computer lab, library and multi-purpose space. In addition, the traffic flow through the beautiful 22-acre campus setting will be reversed allowing smoother access to pick-up and drop-off lines and a more prominent location for the chapel and the administrative building. The new improvements will also include green technology such as geothermal heating/cooling as well as solar panels.

Assistant Head of School, David Gould said, “This capital campaign will set a powerful and positive tone for years to come regarding the health and strength of our commitment to the vision and the values that lie at the heart of Bethany School: academic excellence, diversity, religious and spiritual instruction, character formation, and commitment to each and every family that is a part of this unique community. The capital campaign will help us put structures in place and provide momentum for this school to continue to be a beacon of K-8 education in the Cincinnati area for the next 100 years.”

Bethany School has a unique partnership with the Community of the Transfiguration, an order of Episcopal nuns founded in 1898. The campaign will represent a partnership between the Community and the school and will represent the first major capital fund drive in the history of the school. Steve Siegel from James D. Klote & Associates is serving as the campaign consultant.

The campaign will begin this summer with a quiet phase with a public kickoff scheduled for late September 2016. Part of the project will also involve re-connecting with many of Bethany’s alumni. If you are an alumni of Bethany School in Cincinnati or know of other alumni please visit the website to update your contact information: Or you can call Margie Kessler at 513-771-7462.

With offices in Falls Church, Virginia; Chicago, Illinois; Los Angeles, California; and Toronto, Ontario, James D. Klote & Associates is the largest full-time, on-site stewardship consulting firm in North America. For additional information, please contact the firm at or (800) 360-2315.


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