Superintendent's Message - January 2017

January 2017 E-blast

Dear Bulldog Supporters,

A Winter Family Fun Night will take place on Friday, February 10, 2017 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gym at Garfield Heights High School, and will be open to all Elementary School students and their families. A $10 ticket, purchased from the main office of your building, will permit a family of five to attend this event. The GHCS will have fun activities, contests and food for everyone. Proceeds go to benefit Citizens for Garfield Heights. These Family Fun Nights, held once in the fall and once in the winter, have become terrific opportunities for families to come together and enjoy a night of fun in the name of Bulldog Pride. Once again, please check your main offices this week for your $10 tickets.

The month of January is traditionally designated in Ohio as Board of Education Recognition Month. As superintendent, The Garfield Heights City Schools could not perform its function of delivering a solid public education to the students in our community without the dedication and hard work of the Board. Together, this group helps to set the strategic direction for the district, create and establish policies to ensure success in the Garfield Heights City Schools. The decisions that our five Board members make today, have the power to shape the current and future educational environment for this community. Being a board member is a substantial commitment.

Perhaps one of the most important roles the board members play, is in the duty of being a liaison with the community. When people have questions or concerns with the Garfield Heights City Schools, our board members are typically among the first to be called. They then work through my office to seek answers or input. Because they are empowered by the people, they are answerable to them as well, and consequently a balanced approach between policy-maker and public servant is part of the job…. At times, this can be a ‘thankless’ job. Yet at other times, it can be extremely rewarding.

Thank you for being a board with the courage to dream big, and with the leadership to support our school district. Together, your level of dedication have made you a quality Board of Education for entire community. Thank you for your service to the Garfield Heights Board of Education and also to the greater City of Garfield Heights.

As always, thank you for your continued support of the Garfield Heights City Schools.


Terry Olszewski

Superintendent of Schools

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