Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 2-5-13

FEBRUARY 5, 2013

  • MLK contest winners
  • School Board Recognition Month
  • Ed Wittenberg
  • Public comment
  • Field trip approved
  • Race to the Top
  • Waiver days for staff development
  • Expenditures and donations approved
  • Five-year budget forecast
  • New library board trustee

All board members were present.

MLK contest winners

The Martin Luther King Jr. contest winners were recognized. The theme was Ways of Showing Courage. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District had 24 winners, and two Cleveland Heights High School students read their winning essays at the meeting. A list of all winners is on the district’s website.

School Board Recognition Month

January was School Board Recognition Month and citations recognizing the board included ones from Ed Kelley, Cleveland Heights mayor (read by Jason Stein, Cleveland Heights City Council member), from Patrick Mullen representing Reaching Heights, and from Susan Infeld, University Heights mayor (read by Ron Register, school board member).

Ed Wittenberg

Ed Wittenberg, a reporter for the Sun Press who covered board news for seven and a half years, was recognized. He is taking a new position at the Jewish News.

Public comment

Lisa Hunt, a parent representing a special education advocacy group, said that the board and school system must do more to help the special education students who constitute 19 percent of the schools’ population.

Field trip approved

The board approved a field trip for grades six through eight to the Model United Nations in Columbus, Ohio, scheduled for March 10–12.

Race to the Top

Joseph Micheller, director of special programs/compliance, reported on Race to the Top (RttT). Teachers are preparing for the new evaluation policy. Also, funding is available to provide three substitute teachers to elementary school buildings to allow teachers time to collaborate and plan activities during the school day.

Waiver days for staff development

Jeffrey Talbert, assistant superintendent, spoke about waiver day plans for staff development for 2013–14. The district will apply for four days, one of which will be Election Day. Three days will be used for in-service training in the district-wide security plan, development of strategies for K–3 teachers to help all students pass the 3rd-grade assessment, and the teachers’ new evaluation. The fourth day’s theme is not yet determined.

Expenditures and donations approved

The board approved advertising and receiving bids for school bus chassis and bodies. It approved quarterly contracts, the donations of autos and batteries to the auto technology program, a $500 donation to the Cleveland Heights Holocaust program, and a $308 donation to the Jason West Scholarship Fund.

Five-year budget forecast

The board approved total expense appropriations and a five-year budget forecast. Board members discussed the governor’s education plan, according to which no district was to lose money. Property values have affected school revenues.

New library board trustee

The board appointed Jeffrey Eummer to the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library Board.

LWV Observer: Lillian Houser.

These meeting summaries are abstracted from LWV observers’ written reports. The summaries have been edited and prepared by Anne McFarland, Charlene Morse, and Maryann Barnes. To receive e-mail postings of full reports, send an e-mail to or join through Google groups using “lwv-chuh observer reports” as a search phrase.

These reports contain member observation and selected highlights of public meetings and are not official statements of the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.


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