Celbrating 'Happy New School Year'

Posted 8/9/18

Anyone with a connection to our schools realizes that a New Year really begins with the first day of school after the summer break. So to all teachers, parents, grandparents and students, we say …

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Celbrating 'Happy New School Year'


Anyone with a connection to our schools realizes that a New Year really begins with the first day of school after the summer break.

So to all teachers, parents, grandparents and students, we say “Happy New School Year!” 

Monday was the first day of classes for the 2018-19 school year in the Cleveland City School System.

Our teachers and school administrators began preparing for the big day several weeks ago. At their in-service training convocation, city teachers were reminded to “go beyond.” It’s what our teachers always do. These creative, talented and dedicated professionals always go well beyond the ordinary for our boys and girls.

Our Cleveland Board of Education prepares for the next new (school) year every day of the year. Last year each of our Cleveland Middle School students were assigned an individual laptop. This year, all Cleveland High School students have a school laptop, as well.

That’s just one of many examples of our city’s commitment to providing a bright future for all our children. I always look forward to being able to greet teachers at this event each year because I always leave there with a sense of pride and confidence that our children are in good hands. 

Meanwhile, construction continues  on Candy's Creek Cherokee Elementary School which is scheduled to be ready for the next calendar year.

"The City With Spirit" is also "The City With (School) Spirit," including our institutions of higher learning.

At Lee University, freshmen will be moving into their dorm rooms this weekend as the university continues to celebrate its centennial year. Hundreds of families will be in town to help their sons and daughters settle in for the new academic year. It’s my privilege each year to address the parents of incoming freshmen, and this year will be a momentous one for our family.

Grandson Joshua Thomas Rowland will be an incoming freshman and we are indeed excited to have him joining the hundreds of incoming freshmen starting at Lee University. It’s been a pleasure each fall for me to address the parents and join other officials in sharing what this city has to offer. They are always amazed at our diversity and the many name-brand products that originate right here in our community.

Our great Cleveland hospitality will be on display as these newcomers get acquainted with our city and our streets. The campus is growing and it is a viable part of our historic downtown district. 

Across town on Adkisson Drive, the administrators and faculty at Cleveland State Community College are gearing up for a new academic year. 

Cleveland State’s main campus in Cleveland is situated on 105 scenic acres, has 10 major buildings, and serves students from Bradley, Meigs, McMinn, Monroe and Polk counties.

Celebrating 50 years of service this year, the school leaders took on a new challenge to revitalize the campus.  Cleveland State’s recent Capital First Campaign has raised funds, assisted by a  $25 million commitment from the state. This provides funds to build a new health and science building, and to renovate its humanities building. These are only two of the revitalization portions of the new expanded campus for the future.

The Cleveland City Council has approved funding for infrastructure work such as sidewalks near Cleveland State. This will be the city’s contribution as the college plans for a new future academic building.

So much is going on these days in "The City With Spirit" at all levels of education. It truly is an exciting time in our community. 

We all know people who describe themselves as “old school.”  Those folks are simply passing along wisdom already learned and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that philosophy.

But in our classrooms this week, it’s also about the future and it is very, very bright indeed.

So, Happy New (School) Year!


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