Summa Health Terminates Major Sponsorship with Nordonia Hills City Schools
NORTHFIELD, OH – (April 9, 2018) – Summa Health recently terminated a significant partnership with Nordonia Hills City School District that has been in place for three years.

The $495,000 sponsorship was intended to be in place for nine years, giving Nordonia $55,000 per year for various projects. The cancellation will cost the district the remaining $330,000 it was due. The contract granted Summa the naming rights to Nordonia’s athletic and other facilities. However, Summa Health declared that the district no longer aligns with the hospital system’s marketing and expansion plan geographically.

In place of the sponsorship, Summa Health has offered Nordonia a revised one-year proposal, which outlines a program at an investment of $25,000 for the 2018-19 school year. The district intends to meet with Summa to discuss the details of this option in upcoming months.

“We are deeply disappointed with this decision,” said Superintendent Dr. Joe Clark. “After three years of our district working hard to meet the requirements of the contract, it comes as a shock that Summa has ended the partnership so suddenly. We are also shocked that they would work with us, and allow us to pay for, the construction of the large, lighted monument sign knowing they were going to end the partnership. The sign is permanent and was installed less than six months before they told us they were going to cancel the contract. We are dismayed by this turn of events and skeptical about the timing.”

All funding for necessary improvements intended to be paid for with the Summa sponsorship will now have to be taken from Nordonia’s general fund. These projects include updates to the district’s athletic facilities and auditorium, some of which would improve student safety and security.

“The partnership was not just for our athletic fields, but also for our theater,” said Clark. “We were looking to use the money to renovate the entire auditorium and replace the turf at the high school. Making other upgrades or completing general maintenance to all of our athletic facilities is now going to be a challenge.”

The district’s five-year forecast currently projects a deficit, presenting a challenge to complete those projects. The Board of Education will place a levy on the November ballot in an effort to recover funding to complete the necessary projects and to augment safety and security in the district.

The termination of the partnership was within the parameters of the contract, though Clark never expected this outcome.

“This is a community that has shown great resiliency in the past and will continue to do so,” said Clark. “We are facing adversity right now, but we will do our best to overcome it.”

Nordonia Hills City Schools is always seeking sponsorships and hopes to receive another corporate partnership of this capacity in the future. Businesses interested in pursuing a partnership should reach out to Clark directly at joe.clark@nordoniaschools.org.

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