‘Thanks a million’

To the Editor:

On behalf of all of the children in the North Ridgeville City Schools, I want to say thank you to the North Ridgeville community for its support of Issue 10 on May 4. It was a wonderful victory for the city, and we are so deeply grateful for the confidence and faith you have placed in us. Parents, staff members and thousands of residents came together to bring us to victory. Because of your support, our future is very bright indeed. As you know, we have had to make some difficult decisions as a result of the $1.2 million in cost reductions that will be implemented for the 2010-11 school year.  An unsuccessful May 4 levy attempt would have forced us to make an additional $1.9 million in cuts, which would have been even more devastating to our programs and services. I would like to personally thank all of our volunteers with the Citizens for Better Schools Committee for their tireless work, passion and enthusiasm on behalf of our students. I also want to send a huge thank-you to Mayor Dave Gillock, Jeff Armbruster, Denny Johnson and all of our city leaders for their partnership and support of our efforts. We deeply value this relationship. We promise to continue to be faithful stewards of your tax dollars, along with being transparent in our decisions and discussions with the community. Our journey to excellence will now be able to continue moving forward, and it is wonderful to see Ranger Pride is alive and well in North Ridgeville. We promise to make you proud of us, and we will not let you down. Once again, thanks a million for your support. Our students are the true winners as a result of this election.

Craig Phillips, superintendent

North Ridgeville City Schools

Lucky for what we have

To the Editor:

I wish to personally thank the citizens of North Ridgeville for taking the time to vote in the May 4 primary election. There were some very important city levies that were passed, and people of this town need to be thanked. Without those levies being passed there might have  been some crazy cuts, especially in the safety departments. If we look at some of our surrounding cities, we are pretty lucky to have what and who we have. So, as I said, thanks.

Bob Slovak

North Ridgeville

Making history

To the Editor:

North Ridgeville is making history in more ways than one. Not only is it our 200th birthday, but we passed not one, not two, but three city replacement levies and a school levy – all at the same time. When our forefathers settled here in 1810, they had to have said, “This is where I want to be.” On behalf of the Citizens for a Safe Community, all of our city employees and the administration, I just want to say thank you to all the voters who helped to pass our streets, fire and police replacement levies and a school levy.  This will help us to continue to provide the services and education our residents want and deserve. Thanks to the Citizens for Better Schools and Superintendent Dr. Craig Phillips for their hard work and perseverance by continuing to strive for excellence in our schools and helping to maintain our property values. It’s 200 years later, and a lot of us are still saying this is where we want to live, work, play and learn. Thanks to your support, North Ridgeville will continue to make history and be recognized for the great city it is. And the great residents who live here.

Mayor David Gillock

North Ridgeville

Thank you, Ranger Nation

To the Editor:

For the past 35 years, the last 33 at North Ridgeville, I have considered it an honor to call myself a teacher. I have met so many wonderful and supportive people while teaching and coaching here. In the latter stages of my career, it has warmed my heart to see how many of my former students have become wonderful parents and successful professionals. We should never forget that if we decide to become parents, there is no greater achievement in life than to be admired and loved by our children. I have so many fond memories of North Ridgeville … our students collecting more than $45,000 for UNICEF, our Student Council working hard on various Community Care projects, our proud “Rip Face” Ranger football teams, our dominant Lady Ranger track teams and all of the accomplishments of our students. My all-time inspiration was a young lady named Kris who would become my little angel. Kris had cancer, and every Friday she missed school for chemotherapy. A straight-A student, every Monday she had all of her make-up work completed. She never once used her illness as an excuse. I have had the privilege of coaching a lot of mentally tough Rangers over the years, but none could compare to Kris. Sadly, little Kris passed away before she could graduate. For more than 30 years, her picture and two extra-credit plaques she made have graced the walls of my classroom. On a lighter note, I’ll remember my students reacting to Hase’s stupid history jokes, Air Hase, Gumby and Pokey, Mr. Zucchini Man, Bluefield Babes, Ghoulardi and on and on and on … I have loved every moment. Thanks again North Ridgeville for all of the fond memories. You are loved more than you will ever imagine.

Jim Hase, history teacher

North Ridgeville Middle School

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