Mayor’s Corner

It’s time to start thinking about school again as our students and staff are returning this month or early next month. Parents are busy preparing their children for an exciting year of learning and teachers are setting up their classrooms to welcome them back. Supporting all of them are the staff members who do the planning and scheduling that takes place long before that exciting first day. To say that it takes a team of people to make their arrival feel welcoming and ready is an understatement. As the husband of a now-retired teacher and the father of two teachers, I can attest to the long hours and careful consideration that goes into making everything just right. However, they will all tell you that they rely upon their campus/building leadership and support staff (ie. secretaries, bus drivers, custodians, aides, etc.) to do a lot of additional work to create a learning environment that envelopes each student with not just knowledge, but also compassion and patience.

Right after Labor Day, my wife and I will have three grand-children attending the new BBH Elementary School. We are thrilled for them and the opportunities that await! A recent tour of the building revealed its beauty and all the work that went into its construction. Kudos especially to Principal Colleen Toth and her administrative team (Chris Hartland, Tina McCawley, and Bryan Bedford) for the countless hours they have put in to make our children’s experiences there beyond amazing! I don’t think they saw much of a summer break, so please remember to thank them when you see them because, as always, they do it for the students. When that first day finally arrives, I know that the teachers and all the other staff members will welcome the kids back with the same excitement and joy that they are feeling, too. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful year!

On a different note…pardon the pun…our final Nights in the Heights Concert & Cruise-in is taking place on Sept 2nd. Join us for an evening of fellowship with great music, food, and fun. We will also be having a mini fireworks display. Hope to see you there!

Furthermore, I’d like to congratulate the BVH Senior Center Mind Challenge team for once again winning the championship and a $2500 prize! This group is open to all residents age 50+. If you are interested in participating on this team in the future, please contact Human Services Director Kathy Parsson at 440-526-4357.

In closing, I’d like to thank everyone who helped to make our summer sports season so enjoyable. Parks and Rec. Director Amanda Hutcheson and her team, along with the umpires, volunteer coaches, parents, spectators, and players all worked together to provide an environment of cooperation, good sportsmanship, and hard work. Fortunately, the weather was pretty cooperative this summer, so we didn’t have to do many make-up games, which I’m sure everyone appreciated!! Congratulations to all of you for a well-played season.

As always, if I can ever be of service to you, please email me at salai@broadview-heights.org or call me at 440-526-4357. I do my best to solve problems or find compromises for the betterment of our community because, like you, I “Believe in Broadview Heights”. Thank you for continuing to support me and for the privilege of being your mayor.