Advocating for our Schools
As many of our members may recall, on February 15, 2010, the Greater Medina Chamber published a paper titled, “Position & Recommendation to Medina City Schools.” At the time, it was a bold position on sensitive community issues involving Medina City Schools, teacher union contracts and our business community.
For those that may not remember, this is the position paper that made statements such as, “the voters will not accept further tax increases until the School’s personnel demonstrate their willingness to compromise on their salary and benefits packages comparable to the adjustments made over the last several years by regional businesses and their workforce.” Other position statements included, “The business community has clearly stated that passing a levy without some concessions from the Teachers Association is unacceptable and unsustainable.”
After 18 long months, I was proud and overjoyed when I heard the news this week that both sides not only came to an agreement – but an agreement that was aligned with the recommendations contained in the Chambers position paper. As chairman, I commend the Medina Teachers Association for working side by side with the Medina School Board to reach such an agreement. Thank you on behalf of our membership.
I can also tell you that the Chamber stands strong behind other statements made in the paper. We continue to recognize the critical importance of having an ‘excellent’ school district. A strong school district contributes to economic development, quality of life and increased employment opportunities for the community.
Since authoring the position paper 18 months ago, I am also proud to say that we have upheld our promise to stay involved in funding matters both locally and at the state level. Not only will we continue to advocate, but we look forward to bringing new educational programs to the schools such as the Young Entrepreneur Academy (YEA Program). This is a groundbreaking program that takes students in grades 9-12 through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course of a full academic year.
Again, Thank You to all the Greater Medina Chamber members who participated in the original focus groups, the Medina Teacher Association and the Medina School Board. Together, we remain a strong community.