Dear Friends of the Brooklyn City Schools-
The 2018-2019 School Year is officially underway in our District, and as students and staff members resume their instructional routines, I encourage parents to continually visit our website or social media for important updates and timely information about the Brooklyn City Schools. The dedicated staff members of our District welcomed students on the first day of school with a pride-filled “Clap-In.”
The Brooklyn City Schools, in coordination with the Support Our Schools campaign organization, will be hosting a School Finance Forum/Campaign Kick-Off meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the High School auditorium. At this meeting, participants will learn more about the need for passing this issue, the drastic cuts that have been handed down by the State of Ohio to the Brooklyn City Schools due to the elimination of the Tangible Personal Property Tax reimbursement and the cuts to State Foundation funding to our pupils. Information on the issue will be available, and so too will opportunities for you to help the campaign. The Brooklyn City Schools is already at the bottom third of schools in terms of per pupil expenditures in Cuyahoga County, so these statewide funding cuts have had, and will continue to have, significant impact on our school district budget. Please make time to attend this important School Finance Forum/Campaign Kick-Off meeting on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m.
The Brooklyn City Schools’ strategic planning process is about to re-convene in the near future as well, and a special thanks goes out to the community members who participated and who helped to make last year’s sequence of events successful. Once together, the committee will perform a comprehensive review of the plan, suggest final edits and prepare for a presentation to the Board of Education over the next several months. Thus far, five areas-of-focus have emerged from the strategic planning process that will serve as a directive path forward for the District. Those areas include: Teaching and Learning, Safety and Discipline, School and Community Pride, Finance and Facilities, and Communications. You will learn more about these goals in the coming weeks and months.
Thank you for your continued support of the Brooklyn City Schools.
Dr. Mark Gleichauf
Superintendent of Schools