Superintendent to hold monthly gatherings

Superintendent to hold monthly gatherings
Posted on 07/09/2019
Talks with Todd

In an ongoing effort to foster open communication with parents, students and other community members, South Bend Community School Corporation Superintendent Dr. C. Todd Cummings will hold monthly talks throughout the city on the first Wednesday of each month.

The “Talks with Todd” meetings will alternate morning and evening time slots in order to accommodate the most number of people.

“It’s my goal to be sure the citizens of South Bend recognize this is not ‘business as usual,’ as I move forward with plans to transform our schools,” Cummings says. “Open and regular communication with parents and other stakeholders is critical as we strive to improve our area schools. We had the right idea when we initially held community meetings earlier this spring, but recognized the need to formalize them and set aside specific dates, times, and locations so people can plan ahead and attend.”

Meetings will be held throughout the city so information about specific schools in each area can be addressed. Anyone may attend any of the meeting locations listed, regardless of the schools in the meeting area. Additionally, one of Cummings’ first meetings will be in Spanish* to accommodate those families for whom English is not a first language. School Board member and local attorney Rudy Monterrosa will serve as translator for that meeting.

“We need to be mindful and inclusive of everyone, and given the large Spanish-speaking population in South Bend schools, it makes sense to offer a meeting in Spanish,” Cummings says.

Dates, times and locations for “Talks with Todd” are:

  • Wednesday, August 7, 8:30 a.m. at westside Martin’s Supermarket, 525 S. Mayflower Road, South Bend, 46619
    • Additional meeting that evening, Wednesday, August 7 in Spanish at 8:00 p.m. at Navarre Middle School, 4702 Ford St., South Bend, 46619
  • Wednesday, September 4, 8:30 a.m., Sunrise Cafe, 1805 Lincolnway West, South Bend, 46628
  • Wednesday, October 2, 7:00 p.m., at the General Deli, 609 E. Jefferson Blvd, South Bend, 46617
  • Wednesday, November 6, 8:30 a.m. at southside Martin’s Supermarket, 926 Erskine Plaza, South Bend, 46614
  • Wednesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m. at Martin’s Supermarket, 2081 South Bend Avenue, South Bend, 46637

Contact: Susan Guibert, Executive Director of Public Affairs, 574-393-6178 or [email protected].