Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 7-7-2015

JULY 7, 2015

  • Awards and recognitions
  • Public comments
  • New hires
  • Leadership for Change course proposal
  • Field trip
  • Contracts awarded
  • Lease agreements
  • Food service agreement
  • Donations accepted
  • Library budget

All board members were present.

Awards and recognitions

The board recognized the following:

  • Alex Gillooly, who attended the congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders this summer in Boston representing Heights High..
  • A $2,500 grant presented to Gearity Garden by Chartwells, which promotes outdoor learning. High school students worked six weeks in this program.
  • The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District’s communication team, which received National School Public Relations Association and Ohio School Public Relations Association awards. Those recognized were: Angee Shaker, director of communications; Cathan Bricker, administrative assistant of communication; Joy Henderson, parent liaison at CHHS; and Cynthia Booker, public relations liaison.

Public comments

Environment and sustainability: The board was thanked for working with the community and for the team effort in the project for sustainability. There was also a request to maintain the school garden at Gearity and to engage the community in sustainability projects. Another community member, an engineer, offered his knowledge of solar power to encourage its use at the high school. The board was asked to use outdoor environmental space responsibly.

Salaries: Although sympathetic to organized labor, a community member expressed an opinion that the salaries of the district’s staff are much higher than those in the public sector and felt that these should be looked at when the levy is proposed.

Release of public records: The board was reprimanded for not releasing public records in a timely fashion. The board responded that the records in question were released, but would discuss the issue further at another time.

New hires

The following new personnel were introduced at the meeting:

  • John Fullerman, assistant principal, Cleveland Heights High School
  • Brigitte Pronty, Oxford Elementary School principal
  • Dwight Hollins, CHHS supervisor of athletics
  • Karen Battle, girls basketball coach
  • Jeremy Holmes, boys basketball coach

Leadership for Change course proposal

The board heard a second reading of the new course proposal, Leadership for Change, for Heights High for the 2015–16 school year. This course would provide student leaders the structure, opportunity, resources and curriculum for developing leadership skills. Students enrolled in this one-credit, elective course will work to implement schoolwide service projects, orientation and social events, and mentoring opportunities with underclassmen. This course would help build a positive, student-led culture and is needed to build the necessary skills in student leaders so they can help facilitate a positive transition to the high school’s relocation to the Wiley campus.

Field trip

The board approved the field trip for Roxboro Middle School eighth-graders to Williamsburg, Va. and Washington, Nov. 11–13.

Contracts awarded

The board awarded contracts for the Noble Elementary School playground improvement project and for the temporary bus parking lot repairs and improvements.

Lease agreements

The board authorized lease agreements with the Warrensville Heights City School District for use of its pool, and with Visconsi Reality Advisors Inc. for renting 130 spaces for staff parking across from Wiley School.

Food service agreement

The board authorized a food service management agreement with AVI Foodsystems Inc. This is a local service that considers healthy eating a challenge and will work toward this goal.

Donations accepted

The following donations were accepted:

  • $50 to Cleveland Heights athletics department
  • $75 to Cleveland Heights High School
  • $2,666.50 to Gearity Professional Development School
  • $575 to the Jason D. West Scholarship Fund
  • $200 to the Esther and Milton Moss Scholarship Fund

Library budget

The board approved the financial reports and the alternative tax budget for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library.

LWV Observer: Lillian Houser.

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