The following letter was submitted by Mayor Jerry N. Hruby’s office to Brecksville Patch.
I was a member of the first Kindergarten class at Highland School when it first opened, a member of the first class that attended Highland Elementary K through 6. I graduated from Brecksville High in 1966. My two brothers and I attended a combined 40 years (1946-1966). The three of us received outstanding educations and non academic programs that enriched us and prepared us for all that we have experienced and accomplished during our lives. I recall we all were very proud of our school system and enjoyed the fact that its reputation was one of excellence, our programs exceptional and the teachers well respected and admired. I remember many of the teachers and staff fondly and to this day, believe that combined with the impact of our wonderfully supportive parents, they played an integral role in molding us into good citizens and providing the impetus for our great support and respect for our school system. Two of became Brecksville Mayors, the third a Teacher, Professor, Artist.
Today as Brecksville's Mayor I recognize the importance of our school district. I know its impact upon the sale of homes and is stature regarding why one would move to our city. I also have witnessed my entire life the pride for community and school. The strength, the face, the reputation of our community is based much upon the success of our youth. We return, we remain, we become the leaders and those who accept the challenges of developing our city and being its people who pass on the traditions and all what is good about Brecksville. That is why, I call upon our citizens to vote YES in support of Issue 2 August 7th. It is necessary to perpetuate the excellence of Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools.
Issue 2 DOES NOT INCREASE TAXES, it is a 6.8 Mil Renewal.
I remember times that my parents struggled to make ends meet. Times when the schools needed additional funds I also remember that my parents ALWAYS believed in our schools and ALWAYS supported the issues brought before the voters. It became my turn as a parent and the proud father of a teacher who also graduated from our school district to ALWAYS support our school issues. I continue to do so although I no longer have a child in the district. It is my responsibility to carry on for the next generation. I also believe that the issues of fiscal management or any other management issue rests with the Administration and School Board. To reject an issue believing that will correct or create a betterment in said issues is not sound thinking, just an excuse. Administrative and Board issues are to be dealt with by other avenues which our communities will be addressing in the months to come. Not by rejecting the obvious and most important needs of our children.
Please support this issue, support our schools. It is our turn to provide the means for our system to remain in the highest levels of academic performance in this State, maintain an outstanding level of teachers and staff, and to remain the cities of choice for young families raising their children in a school system with the reputation ours has enjoyed for so, so many years.
Please Vote Yes on Issue 2.
Editor’s note: The views of this author—and of the authors of any other letters to the editor—do not reflect the views of Brecksville Patch. To share your views with the community on Brecksville Patch, email Editor Rachel Abbey McCafferty.
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