We elect school board members to make tough decisions

Dear Editor, 

First let me say that I am one of the community residents that supported Christine Fowler-Mack for CH-UH superintendent. Her professionalism and passion for the CH-UH school district; the fact that she lives in the school district, is a parent of a child in the district; the respect she has earned from parents and staff alike; and her experience as an educator and interim superintendent, made her, I felt, a strong candidate for the position. Was I disappointed when she wasn’t chosen – absolutely. 

That said, I have to give credit to the CH-UH School Board for hiring the search firm of Hudepohl & Associates to not only conduct a thorough search for potential candidates, but also to reach out to every segment of the Cleveland Heights and University Heights communities for input into what we wanted in a superintendent. I had never, in all of my 23 years of living in the CH-UH communities, been asked what I wanted in a superintendent. This time I was and it made me part of the process. 

I have no doubt that this was a difficult decision for the school board to make. That is why we vote for school board members –to make the difficult, often times unpopular decisions; keep the quality of our educational practices high and make sound financial decisions while always keeping in mind what is best for ALL the children in this school district. 

Although my pick for superintendnt wasn’t chosen, as a community volunteer, I plan on working closely with Superintendent Douglas Heuer and Assistant Superintendent Christine Fowler-Mack  to assure that the CH-UH City School District continues on its path of providing equity in and access to the highest quality education our children deserve. 

Lita Gonzalez

Scarborough Road

Cleveland Heights

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Volume 2, Issue 7, Posted 11:31 AM, 06.26.2009