By Kevin Kelley
For the second year in a row, Mayor Eileen Patton and Fairview Park City Schools Superintendent Bill Wagner will give their annual reports together.
The “state of the community” report is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 22 in the Gemini Center, located at 21225 Lorain Road.
Wagner told West Life the mayor suggested the joint report during one of their regular meetings just over a year ago. He said he thought it was a great idea because the city and school district are so interconnected.
Patton said the joint reports give residents an opportunity to see and hear how their tax dollars are being spent.
“Having the dual presentation encourages residents with students to see what the city is doing, and for residents with no students, it allows them to see what the schools are doing,” the mayor told West Life.
Patton said she and Wagner will, like last year’s program, take turns highlighting achievements and plans. The theme will be Fairview Park’s motto under Patton, “A great place to grow.”
“The evening gives me an opportunity to engage with our residents, students and community groups,” she said. Patton added that she and Wagner will be available after the presentation to answer questions from residents and business owners.
Dr. Neil Smith, president of the Cleveland Clinic’s Fairview Hospital, will present a donation for Nelson Russ Park on behalf of the hospital and the Community West Foundation, the mayor said.
Wagner said he plans on thanking the community for passing Issue 112, a single measure consisting of an $11-million bond issue and a 2.15-mill permanent improvement levy, in November. The superintendent will update residents on plans for the renovations and additions at the middle school/high school campus. He also will report on the financial health of the district and highlight new learning activities in the district, including the implementation of the Summit Learning Platform.
Noting that the school district’s mission statement speaks of “a community united,” Wagner said that unity involves partnering with Patton and the municipal government.
“In addition, the event brings together many of our community organizations by providing them tables where they can share their activities and information with attendees and invite new membership,” Wagner said. “Finally, the event spotlights various school-based groups and activities for residents to see the great things happening throughout the district.”