Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 7-21-2015

JULY 21, 2015

  • Assistant superintendent
  • Substitute teachers
  • Buses
  • High school construction
  • Levy

Board President Nancy Peppler was absent.

Assistant superintendent

Felisha Gould was appointed assistant superintendent. She began her career as a high school biology teacher in Akron Public Schools before being promoted to middle school principal and subsequently high school principal. Gould has received a number of awards.

Substitute teachers

The board approved an agreement to provide for the staffing of substitute teachers.


The board approved bus purchases for the 2015–16 school year.

High school construction

Stephen Shergalis, director of business services, and the architect gave an update on the high school construction. Michael Austin, a representative of the Thompson Hine law firm, reported on the possibility of solar panels on the high school. Constructing solar panels would cost $1 million. He presented the option of a third-party power purchase agreement. There is only room on the roof for enough panels to provide 15 percent the high school’s needs. Austin went though all of the regulations and agreements. The decision was left for future meetings.


Scott Gainer, district treasurer, presented ways to save close to $5 million for the 2015–16 school year. On May 10, positions were cut and changes were made in the preschool program. Current vacancies will not be filled. Superintendent Talisa Dixon discussed the educational impact of these cuts. There will be an increase in class size.

With the city putting an income tax increase on the ballot, it was felt that the school board would not put a levy on [the ballot] in November.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

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