Gina Mace

CUYAHOGA FALLS: The future of education in Cuyahoga Falls begins with free spaghetti.

Falls School Superintendent Todd Nichols hopes 1,000 residents will accept the Plan for the 21st Century Committee’s invitation to come to Falls High School on Tuesday for a free spaghetti dinner at 5 p.m.

Donations will be accepted to benefit the levy steering committee.

Dinner will be followed by an educational walk-through.

The high school’s Suit Up Club will be dressed in period costumes as residents pass through several stations representing the history of education, beginning with about 1912.

The tour will end in the auditorium with a discussion of the future of education.

The committee has been meeting for nearly a year.

There are several areas of focus, Nichols said.

They include teaching and learning; student culture and services; family, business and community involvement; and facilities, environments, organization and resource leveraging.

“About halfway through the year, I realized that if you lived inside of the [committee] bubble, you knew what it was about,” Nichols said. “But if you weren’t actively engaged in that process, you might not know what it’s about.”

That’s unacceptable, Nichols said.

“We can’t have that in our community,” he said. “We need to have our community with us.”

Tuesday’s event is an effort to engage the community in asking critical questions about the focus areas, he said.

“This is our home. This is our community,” Nichols said. “We want to provide the very best for our kids. We need to be focused on the future in terms of how it’s changed. What does it look like in the future?”

Gina Mace can be reached at ginamace2@gmail.com.