I noticed Deputy Schools Superintendent Will Keresztes sitting through last Tuesday's Council meeting. He'll be attending Council meetings from now on, Council President Darius Pridgen said. It's part of a larger attempt at improved communication between lawmakers and school officials. Earlier this week, Pridgen met with Superintendent Kriner Cash.
"I was very impressed with his directness, and the direction he wants to take the school district," Pridgen said. "I felt like, from our conversation, he truly is not here just for a job. He really has a heart for these students."
"He felt it was very important to have a relationship with the leadership of the Council," Pridgen said of Cash. " He wants to meet at least once a month to keep the Council abreast of initiatives and the direction he is moving."
Say yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes
Speaking of the Council, two weeks ago City Hallways reported that a no-vote was cast at the Jan. 20 Council meeting, marking the first time I could recall any dissension on a Council vote over the past year. There wasn't a repeat at Tuesday's meeting. Not a single nay vote was cast among the nine members. Every measure before the Council passed unanimously.
Two days left to vote
The City Hallways presidential straw poll continues all week. Please vote if you haven't already. You can cast a vote in the Democratic and/or Republican races, but please, only one ballot per person. I know Democrat Martin O'Malley and Republicans Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul dropped out after the Ohio caucuses, but we're keeping them on the ballot since they were running when our poll started. Results will be posted Monday.
State of City update:
Mayor Brown and some of his communication staff were working late Wednesday, getting ready, I'm told, for Friday's State of the City address.
City Preservation board meets this afternoon. Tim Sick's latest Linwood Ave. plan on the agenda.
Correction: I wrote in Wednesday's City Hallways that the AMC movie theater downtown opened. I was wrong. The deal is set, but the construction work won't begin until later this year, so the movie theater isn't yet open. So I'd give that a half check, not full one at this point.