Cuyahoga Falls -- In the first of a series of meetings, leaders of the Cuyahoga Falls City School District asked members of the community for input on "Building Our Future Together."
Melvin Brown, the school district's deputy superintendent, kicked things off in the high school auditorium Wednesday night by explaining the meeting was not a levy committee meeting, nor was it a formation of the Building Our Future Together team. The group will eventually have a name, he added.
"Ultimately, we want as much community input as possible," Brown said, "so that we, not me or anybody else on the administrative team, but we as a community can look at what we want for our kids for our future."
Brown said the aim of the group is "to build, to collaborate, to create whatever it is we want for our community / it's important that we put some of the things that have happened in the past, some words that have been uttered in the past, behind us and start to build something from today forward, and do it together."
Everyone at the meeting -- the attendance of which was between 106 and 115 -- was handed a blank card and a Black Tiger Pride pen so they could write down questions and comments and then hand them back in. Brown said every card would be read and the concerns would be addressed at a future meeting and/or on social media.
Following introductions of those members of the Board of Education who were in the audience, Brown provided an overview of the district's strategic plan. He said the plan has specific focus areas: college and career readiness, culture of excellence, community engagement and facilities and resource leveraging.
See the Aug. 28 edition of the Cuyahoga Falls News-Press for the complete story.