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A message from Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D.


November 5, 2018


"Do not complain. Don't hashtag. Don't get anxious. Don't retreat. Don't binge on whatever it is you're binging on. Don't lose yourself in ironic detachment. Don't put your head in the sand. Don't boo. Vote. Vote."


Former President Barack Obama issued this challenge to all of us earlier this fall. No one will ever accuse me of emulating the same eloquence as our previous President. However, I would like to ask all of stakeholders to honor his sentiment by casting your ballot Tuesday.


Please email me ( if you have any questions about Issue 7. We have worked steadfastly to honor our district goal of improving transparency across our communities.


However, we acknowledge that there are always more questions about our district and want to ensure that we provide accurate answers in the hours leading up to Election Day.


We have spoken much about our financial status throughout our early fall months. And, while our accuracy and sense of fiscal responsibility is an extremely significant issue in our district, ultimately, Issue 7 is about much more than five-year forecasts and the scrutinization of our ledgers by independent experts.


Ultimately, Issue 7 is about the opportunities and conditions we will provide to the children of Parma, Parma Heights, and Seven Hills. There is no more significant determinant of the reputation of our cities than the public school system we maintain.


For these reasons, Thomas Jefferson explained, “Above all things I hope the education of the common people will be attended to…”


Please prioritize your right to vote on Tuesday!


To learn more or to review our plan for Issue 7, visit