Public invited to governors watch party

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There is a saying that if you ask 100 people the same question, you will get 100 different answers, and that is what the state is hoping for, but only with a greater number of responses.

When Ohio Governor Ted Strickland announced he would host 12 "Conversations on Education" throughout every region of the state, he wanted to give local citizens the opportunity to share their thoughts and ideas on creating a better system of education in Ohio.

"I was impressed that the Governor would put himself out there like that," said Tricia Moore, Reynoldsburg City Schools Community Outreach coordinator. "It seemed to be a very sincere effort to find out the people’s ideas of what they want."

Governor Strickland invited local organizations, such as school districts, to hold "Watch Parties," where they would watch his "Conversations on Education" forum and then provide their input through facilitated small work groups.

Moore invited all of Reynoldsburg to come to a "Watch Party," which will take place on Aug. 7 in the Reynoldsburg High School auditorium.

The recording of the Governor’s July 22 forum at COSI will be presented at 6 p.m. and the small group discussion will begin at 7:30 p.m.

"I think it’s wonderful that the state is looking comprehensively, and they are open to all sorts of ideas to advance student achievement and growth," Moore said.

The Reynoldsburg event will be facilitated by community volunteers, many of whom gained experience during the school district’s Reynoldsburg Reach initiative.

Reynoldsburg High School is located at 6699 E. Livingston Ave.

More information about the governor’s initiative is available at www.conversationsoneducation.org.

For more information about Reynoldsburg’s event, contact Moore at 501-5793 or tmoore@reyn.org.

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