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Welcome to Straight Talk with Superintendent Scruci

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I want to thank ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise for giving our district another mode of communicating to our community by allowing me to pen a monthly column. It is our hope this will continue to open the lines of communication and make our school district more transparent. Since beginning as superintendent of Gahanna-Jefferson schools in August 2012, one of our main goals has been to make our community more of a part of our schools and for our schools to be more involved in the community.

The purpose of this monthly column is to cover current topics in education, as well as our school system. I welcome questions from you that could be addressed in this column. As always, if you have questions or concerns, we encourage you to come to Panera in Clark Commons on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 7:30 a.m. or the first and third Monday at 6:30 p.m. These have been well-attended, and if you have not been to one, I would like to personally invite you to join us.

As I look back on my first year, I have learned a great deal about the schools, staff, students, community and myself. Gahanna is a wonderful place with outstanding teachers and talented students. Our community is one that truly cares about those less fortunate and is willing to go the extra mile to help those in need.

There is no greater story than Gahanna Bill Withrow, who is a reminder of what sets our community apart.

Since arriving, I have said we are a good district doing great things, but we want to become a great district doing extraordinary things. Our staff is excellent and works very hard each day to move us closer to that goal, but we cannot do it alone. In order to accomplish this goal, it takes a partnership between the schools and our community. Every person reading this is a part of, or could be a part of, helping us achieve that goal. We have high expectations and are unwilling to compromise. These expectations are evident when you look at every area of excellence in our schools, including DECA, speech-and-debate, theater, orchestra, choir, band, robotics and our athletics teams, to name a few. We continue to look for ways to increase opportunities for our students every day.

I look forward to sharing my views, answering your questions and making our district as transparent as possible.

Gahanna Hearts and Global Minds.

Submit a question to Superintendent Francis Scruci via email to ThisWeek Rocky Fork Enterprise: shummel@thisweeknews.com, with subject line "Question for Scruci."

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