Donuts With Dr. Smialek a sweet new way to chat with the PCSD Superintendent
August 26, 2019
With his first year complete as Superintendent of the Parma City School District, Dr. Charles Smialek looks spend more time this school year meeting residents and stakeholders.
New this year for the superintendent is “Donuts With Dr. Smialek”, a way to more informally connect and meet residents from Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills.
“It will be extremely informal,” Smialek expressed. “I will buy a couple dozen donuts. If you want to come up, ask a question, have a donut - I’m happy to sit and talk for a few minutes. But I really want this to be an informal, more of a meet and greet, a couple minute conversation. I won’t be presenting anything, I won’t have a formal agenda. This is really just about meeting people.”
These monthly meetings reinforce a commitment from Smialek and the school district, going back to last school year.
“One of our key core values is communication,” Smialek said. “We think this gives us another avenue to connect with our residents and our stakeholders who may not be predisposed to watching a Board meeting or coming to a Town Hall meeting. But, maybe, they’ll stop and say hello, have a donut, and ask a few questions about what’s happening in the schools.”
“Donuts With Dr. Smialek” will take place monthly at a local donut and coffee shop, from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Locations will rotate throughout the school year to better serve residents.
“We’re moving them around, just like we moved Town Hall meetings,” Smialek expressed. “It’s a huge school district. We cover three communities and around 120,000 residents. We always to try and diversify our locations of meetings, so folks don’t have to drive across town. We hope we will encounter residents in their natural settings and routines to better connect.”