Private school families support CH-UH schools and Issue 109

To the Editor:

We are writing as parents of school-aged children living in Cleveland Heights or University Heights. As East Siders, we are blessed with a wealth of options in deciding where our children will be educated. While each of us has chosen to send our own children to independent or parochial schools (or to home-school)—for reasons that include instilling religious values, maintaining family traditions or meeting the specific social or educational needs of our children—we nonetheless recognize the vital role a strong public school system plays in our community.

Heights schools have a challenging mission—to provide enriching academic, artistic and athletic programs for all students, regardless of background or ability; to provide a meaningful learning experience for students with disabilities; and to provide effective interventions and appropriate programming to maximize the potential of an at-risk population. Fulfilling this mission benefits not only the individual students of Heights schools but all of society. We believe this mission is worthy of our support.

Keeping our school district strong demonstrates the health and well-being of our community, and the families and children that reside here. Public schools are “public” not just because they are available to all, but also because they are the responsibility of all. For that reason, we will be supporting Issue 109, the CH-UH schools operating levy on the November ballot. We urge you to join us in supporting Issue 109 on Election Day. Let’s keep our community strong for all of us.

(signed by multiple parents)

Kirsten Fawcett-Dubow & Terry Dubow, Hawken School; Carolyn Broering-Jacobs & Chris Jacobs, Communion of Saints School and Benedictine High School; Kate Hoffmeyer & Romney Cullers, University School; Cindy & Maciej Zawadzki, Hathaway Brown School and University School; Eric Cohen, Hebrew Academy of Cleveland; Alice & Brad McDonald, St. Dominic School; Genevieve & Tim Kenealy, Gesu Catholic School and The Lillian and Betty Ratner School; Jenn & Deb Lonzer, The Lillian and Betty Ratner School; Betsy Warner, Laurel School; Natoya & Tony Minor, Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School; Jill Enders & Tony Seitz, home-school; Dan Mesh & Nancy Thorne, Beaumont School; Martha Schubert, Montessori High School and Ruffing Montessori; Emily & Rob Pollard, St. Ignatius High School and Hawken School (and 21 additional parents, representing schools listed above: Keli Zehnder, Julie Gran, Emily Pollard, Amy & Jeremy Goldberg, Steven Sobol & Jacqeline M. Taylor, Elizabeth & David Hagen, Andrea & Matt Lynn, Karl Norton, Rebecca Norton, Joanna Hardis, Kathleen Corcoran, Rosie & Mike Ford, Alexis Abramson & Chris Sklarin, Coleen & Martin Harvey).

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