RONALD REGISTER - Candidate for CH-UH Board of Education
12589 Euclid Hts. Blvd. #10. Cleveland Hts. OH 44106 Age: 64
Children: 5 Schools: Tri-Cs_
Facebook: Ron Register for CH-UH School Board
Education: I received my high school diploma from Woodstock HS in Memphis, TN. I attended Rhodes College (Memphis) and graduated from the University of Memphis with a dual BA in Urban Studies and Anthropology and an MA in Urban Anthropology.
Occupation: Program Director at LMM 2100 Men’s Shelter.
Qualifications: 1+ years on the School Board: involvement in youth development initiatives and School Board Lay Finance and Strategic Planning committees.
Community: Involvement in political campaigns and social justice issues and organizations; elder t Forest Hill Church.
QUESTIONS and RESPONSES:
1. Student performance: Implementation is in the hands of the administration. Therefore, implementation will depend on how they interpret any policies. With that perspective, I believe relationship-building is the key to improving student performance. The Small Schools Initiative at the high was based on this hypothesis. I still believe it is key. The parent, teacher, and student should be engaged in relationships that understand that all have stake in student performance. I think the Board can help to create opportunities for involvement by creating lay committees to increase interactions among staff, parents, community residents, and students.
2. Budget: I don’t think there are innovative ways to balance the district’s budget. I think the district should always look for belt-tightening strategies. These could include 1) more involvement of workers at the point of expenditure so that they feel invested in saving; 2) more emphasis on sustainability and energy savings opportunities (possibly based on an energy audit); and 3) less reliance on traditional textbooks (whose cost continue to rise) and more use of electronic and other resources. The outcome of the facilities bond issue will send a message as to how invested we, as a community, are in our schools.
3. Improve schools: The most important thing the board must address to improve the CH-UH schools is parental involvement. As a board member, I will attempt to find ways to reach and engage parents. I believe this is a lay committee that the Board can create to assist and facilitate higher levels of parental involvement.
4. Communicate: believe the district is already communicating an accurate view of our schools. The website continues to update the accomplishments of our students and staff, changes in administrative personnel, and emerging initiative district-wide and at individual schools. It also highlights key partnerships. The printed materials also carries similar information. The local media (Heights Observer, Sun Press, Jewish News, and Patch) also carry important accurate information.