• Message from CEO Eric S. Gordon

     Council of cil of The Grat City Schools

    Open letter to the Citizens of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio:

    From October 18-22, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District was honored to serve as host for the 61st Annual Conference of the Council of the Great City Schools (CGCS).

    CGCS is a highly respected national organization, representing 70 of the nation’s big-city school districts, and its Annual Conference is among the best professional development events available for urban school district superintendents, school board members and other district leaders. With 1,100 people in attendance, this year’s conference was the second-highest attended in the Council’s 61-year history, and Cleveland just shined!

    As superintendent of Cleveland’s public schools, it was a humbling honor to see and hear colleagues from across the country talk about their incredible experience in Cleveland, both at the conference and throughout the city, as our guests ventured out after conference sessions to enjoy all that Cleveland has to offer. The feedback was universally positive, and we owe a debt of gratitude to the countless citizens and workers who played a part in that effort.

    Thank you to all of our city’s cab, Uber and Lyft drivers who made everyone feel welcome from the moment they arrived to the moment they departed. Thank you to the men and women in our hotel and hospitality industry who made every lodging and restaurant experience, each hosted reception and numerous social gathering places memorable. To the many businesses that offered discounts to conference attendees and to all of the people who led our visitors to comment frequently about the friendliness of the people of Cleveland—Thank you!

    I want to personally express my heartfelt gratitude to the men and women of the Hilton Cleveland Downtown Hotel who, in particular, ensured that their outstanding service to our guests was their top priority from morning to night—you exceeded our expectations! And finally, a special thank you to Destination Cleveland, Mayor Frank G. Jackson and the City of Cleveland for supporting our bid to be a host city.

    Because of the work and support of each of you, and so many others, 1,100 school leaders in cities across the country now know why I am so proud to lead our city’s public schools and to call Cleveland my home.

    Thank you, Cleveland! Sincerely,

    Eric Gordon
    Eric S. Gordon
    Chief Executive Officer

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