Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message

Superintendent's Message - Fall 2019

Mr. Hanke


Fall 2019

Superintendent’s Message

On behalf of everyone in the Garfield Heights City Schools, welcome to the 2019-2020 School Year. I have the distinct privilege of serving as the District’s next Superintendent, and I sincerely look forward to working with everyone in our school family to set high standards for academics, provide meaningful co and extra-curricular opportunities for students, promote student leadership and ultimately make students at all grade levels college and career ready. 

In beginning my tenure as Superintendent of the Garfield Heights City Schools, I enter my 19th year with the District, having previously served as Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources Director, Middle School Principal and Learning Center Principal. I look fondly back on the days when I began in the Garfield Heights City Schools as a history teacher at the High School and can attest to the dedication I had, then, for high academic standards and confirm that this sentiment remains to this day.

The Garfield Heights City Schools staff is dedicated to preparing your students for their future endeavors. They work hard and are endeared to your children. That said, a strong and robust working relationship between school and the home front is imperative for our students’ future success. Please take time to get involved in your students’ academic and co-curricular pursuits. Engage them with questions about their assignments, highlights and challenges that they may face. My administration will place a distinct emphasis on collaboration and cooperation, and while our staff takes time to enhance your child’s academic pursuits, we ask you to do the same. 

Thank you all for your continued support. Those part of the Garfield Heights City Schools family recognize that hard work, determination and a bit of Bulldog toughness are prerequisites to success in this District. The future is bright and exciting, and I look forward to joining you in this journey.

Let’s make the 2019-2020 School Year the best one yet. 

GO Bulldogs,

Chris Hanke

Superintendent of Schools



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