Delisle Options Center contractor is Heights High graduate
Ralphael Hill, a 1989 graducate of Heights High, has been awarded a contract to do construction work at the Delisle Options Center, as part of the High School reconstruction project. It’s like a homecoming for Hill, who attended Taylor Elementary School, which later became Taylor Academy and is today the Delisle Options Center.
“It’s rewarding to be granted this opportunity to work at the school where I once attended,” Hill said. “When we did the walk-through of the building, they almost had to kick me out of there.”
Delisle houses the Options Program for high school students, registration and career tech programing that includes cosmetology, auto tech, clinical health services and pharmacy tech.
Hill’s company, R.L. Hill Management, specializes in construction management and general contracting. It will be doing work on the old warehouse and gym at Delisle, where auto tech will be permanently housed. The other career tech programs, currently at Delisle, will remain there for two years while the high school is under construction. Once construction is finished at the new Heights High, in 2017, those programs will move to the high school.
Hill is a Certified EDGE contractor. The EDGE Program—Encouraging Diversity, Growth and Equity—Is a small-business assistance program for economically and socially disadvantaged business enterprises. “This allows a company like mine opportunities, that would not otherwise be there,” said Hill.
Cynthia Barnes is the public relations liaison in the communications and community engagement department at Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District.