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Letter: Offers thoughts on Cuyahoga Falls City School District's community forum

Published: August 28, 2016 12:00 AM

It was my

understanding that in an attempt to get a complete picture of why Issue 12 failed and what changes should be made, the Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education approved community forums to be held.

Why, then, after only two forums, were they discontinued? Who discontinued them? Were they stopped due to low attendance, or perhaps because the majority of people in attendance kept insisting that changes needed to be made to the plan and costs needed to be lowered?

According to the Falls News-Press (Aug. 21, 2016), there will now be a community meeting put in place by Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols (instead of the Board-approved forum) called Building Our Future Together. Yes, that is the same name as the original committee that brought you Issue 12. I'm curious as to whether the same hand-picked people that were on the original Building Our Future Together committee will be coming to these new meetings thus preventing low attendance.

Superintendent Nichols intends to begin his meeting as he has all his past "community" meetings, by telling us his "overview of the district's strategic plan." He admits this strategic plan is the same plan he has been presenting for years, and I add the same plan the voters have continuously rejected. Yet, later in the same article, Nichols says community input is vital in showing the district what direction to go in. If he were truly listening to the input of the community, he would not still be trying to shove the old, unsatisfactory plan down our throats.

How is the community as a whole being represented by these actions?

Theresa Chmielewski, Cuyahoga Falls

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anonymous_57882 Sep 7, 2016 10:51 PM

The Superintendent has his ideas and we can't let the public opinions or costs get in the way. There is only one solution to this dilemma - vote NO until he resigns!