LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights [online 1-5-2016]

JANUARY 5, 2016

  • Organizational board meeting
  • CTE recognition
  • Course proposals
  • Journalism course
  • Business items
  • Donations

All board members were present.

Organizational board meeting

Following a reception to welcome the two new board members, Jim Posch and Beverly Wright, both were sworn in by Scott Gainer, treasurer.

The board elected Kal Zucker to be the new board president and Ron Register, vice president. Jim Posch was appointed treasurer-pro-temp should Scott Gainer miss a meeting.

CTE recognition

The board recognized the auto tech program as CTE (Career Technical Education) program of the month. Jeff Porter, auto tech instructor, addressed the board about how well equipped and up-to-date the program was. He explained how much the auto industry has changed. One of his students also addressed the board and expressed excitement for the program. The auto tech program at Heights High allows students to earn national certification, which is helpful for seeking employment after graduation. The CTE student of the month recognition was postponed because the student had a conflict.

Course proposals

The board heard a second reading of the Heights High new course proposals and course modifications for the 2016-17 school year. Included as possible new courses were: public speaking, creative writing, honors modern world history; and college credit courses for anatomy and physiology, American studies, and African-American studies. These would be offered if there were sufficient student interest. The courses will be explained during the superintendent’s state of the school address on Jan. 26.

Journalism course

The board discussed returning the journalism course to Heights High and restarting the school newspaper, The Black and Gold. Superintendent Talisa Dixon explained that funding was now available and that the journalism course and newspaper renewal are being considered.

Business items

The board approved the following:

  • A contract to Turner/Coniglio Companies as the construction manager at risk for the reconstruction of Monticello and Roxboro Middle Schools.
  • A lease agreement with the city of Cleveland Heights to use two baseball fields at Forest Hill Park. This will be the temporary home for the baseball team, and the negotiations were reasonable. No budget was available.
  • A lease agreement with DeLage Landen Public Finance LLC, for new copiers in all district facilities. The new five-year contract with new equipment costs less than previous years.


The board accepted donations of $5,000 to the Delisle Options Center; $148.90 to Noble Elementary School; $2,350 to Roxboro Elementary School; $425 to Heights High; $25,000 to Heights High’s clock tower restoration; and $125 to Faith’s Alive Program.

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 mbarnes9515@gmail.com 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 of Greater Cleveland. This disclaimer must accompany any redistribution of these reports.



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