As citizens who are parents, friends or perhaps simply neighbors of the nearly 3,000 students enrolled in the Ravenna City Schools, you have the ability to directly impact the educational opportunities provided our young people.
I am a proud 1995 graduate of Ravenna High School. After graduation, I attended the University of Notre Dame, returning home to attend medical school at NEOMED in Rootstown. Medicine has taken me many places, but I have never lost touch with values ingrained during my formative years on South Freedom Street. The challenges presented me by the teachers, administrators, counselors, and coaches of Ravenna provided me with a superior quality education that has molded who I am both personally and professionally. These lessons continue to guide and impact my daily life today.
A learning environment, like the one I enjoyed, is not only books, desks, and teachers. Comprehensive educational opportunities including strong core courses, stimulating electives, a robust foreign language program and a variety of extracurricular offerings are imperative to enable our children to succeed both in and beyond the classroom.
The proposed combination levy on the upcoming Feb. 4 ballot addresses these and other critical needs
Though I no longer reside in Ravenna, I will always and proudly call this community "home." I sincerely hope that when invited to cast your ballot, you choose the vote that will insure the best educational environment for today and years to come.
David R. Sopko, M.D.,
Duke University Medical Center