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A message from Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D.



December 3, 2018



Happy Holiday season!


We hope that you are creating great memories for your families as you engage in the traditions that bring such meaning and wonder to this exciting time of the year.


While we, too, enjoy classroom parties, Holiday concerts, and the first flakes of the winter, we also know that we must attend to the many critical issues that our district faces.


Our next Town Hall Meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday, December 5 (6:30 pm, Parma Branch Library, 6996 Powers Boulevard). We will deviate from our normal routine of using this forum to provide updates about the progress we have made toward meeting our three district goals.


For this Town Hall Meeting, I would like to invite only those voters who voted “no” on Issue 7 to come to express their rationale for their vote. We will follow a structured protocol to ensure that we hear as many voices as possible. In helping us to understand how to earn your support, we ask that voters discuss only matters within the district’s control. For example, while we understand that many are upset with the current school funding structure, we do not control this matter. We can continue to lobby our legislators, but, ultimately, school funding formulas are controlled by the state of Ohio.


On Thursday, December 6, we will post a survey to our website to allow those who cannot attend Wednesday to share their thoughts. The online survey will replace the traditional “Facebook Live” Town Hall which usually occurs the day after the face-to-face version of this meeting. The online survey seems to be more appropriate than a Facebook Live event since our intent throughout this process is only to collect information.


We continue to need the financial support of our three communities to be a great school district for our students and families. We look forward to using last month’s setback as an opportunity to grow through better identifying the primary concerns of our district and beginning to develop means of addressing these. We will post a summary of our findings in next week’s Monitor.