The Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual state of the city and schools event during its monthly luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The Reynoldsburg Area Chamber of Commerce will host the annual state of the city and schools event during its monthly luncheon on Thursday, Feb. 2.

The reservation-only event begins at 11:30 a.m. in Parkside at Wesley Ridge's banquet facility, 2225 Taylor Park Drive. Guest speakers will be Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud and schools Superintendent Steve Dackin.

Both officials will discuss key issues facing the city and schools.

Chamber president Jan Hills said the event is an opportunity to learn more about the city and school district.

"There's a lot of things you never think about that they can bring out, unless you're really close to either the city administration or school system," Hills said.

McCloud is expected to talk about the city's budget and cuts being considered to address the problem, Hills said.

He will also share information about how the economic climate affects the overall position of Reynoldsburg, compared to other municipalities, and will speak about new businesses that have opened in the city.

Dackin, will talk about challenges associated with the ever-changing demographics of the community and how the school district is working to maintain a safe learning environment, Hills said.

He is also expected to speak about several partnerships the district has developed to enhance student learning and how the business community can play a part in the education of its future employees.

Hills said the chamber has been hosting the annual event for at least 22 years, mainly to inform chamber members and the community about what is going on in the city and schools.

She said luncheon guests will be residents and chamber members who want to hear the "good, the bad, and the ugly".

The chamber hosts a monthly luncheon at Parkside on the first Thursday of every month.

Hills said walk-ins will not be accepted for the state of the city and schools event, which is by reservation only. She said a waiting list will be established, if necessary.

Tickets are $15. The deadline to make reservations is Friday, Jan. 27.

At last count, Hills said she has received 41 reservations with a cap of 80.

Those wishing to make reservations should call her at (614) 866-4753, or email her at jan@reynoldsburgchamber.com.