LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS / Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education and city councils joint meeting highlights [Jan. 25 & 28, 2016]

JANUARY 25, 2016

Joint meeting with Cleveland Heights City Council

School Board Member James Posch was absent.

School facilities construction update

The construction of the high school is on schedule and within budget. Students will move from the Wiley school building to the renovated high school in the fall of 2017.

All middle school students will move to the Wiley building in the fall of 2017 when construction at Roxboro and Monticello middle schools begins. The construction manager and company (Turner Construction Company) have been chosen. Construction crews will work at both Roxboro and Monticello simultaneously.

School district strategic plan

Superintendent Talisa Dixon will present the strategic plan for the district at her state of the schools presentation on Jan. 26. It took eight months to complete and includes a new mission statement. The vision is: Preparing All Students for Success in a Global Economy (P.A.S.S.A.G.E).

Cleveland Heights Master Plan

The city’s master plan is in the vision stage. A public meeting on Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. at the community center will hear public input. It [a community vision survey] will also be online.

Commercial development

Severance Town Center went into bankruptcy and is now in a trust. The city is asking for request for proposals (RFP) on two city owned properties: Cedar and Coventry and top of Cedar Hill.

Streetscapes

Lee Road will have major work done, as will the Cedar Fairmount business district. A grant from the county will help fund these projects.

City/school recreational facility partnership

A master plan for joint use of facilities will be developed. The school district’s business manager, Stephen Shergalis, discussed how the new high school swimming pool will be accessible to members of the community.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

JANUARY 28, 2016

Joint meeting with University Heights City Council

School Board President Kal Zucker and School Board Member Eric Silverman were absent. Councilmen Phil Ertel and Steven Sims were absent.

School facilities construction update

In addition to the information presented at the Cleveland Heights City Council joint meeting, Shergalis noted that, while there will be two middle school [populations] under one roof at Wiley, two fewer modular units will be needed than for the high school’s current use at Wiley. 

School Board Member Ronald Register announced that 35 percent of the construction is being performed by minority businesses. The renovated high school will have a silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating.

The new high school swimming pool will be accessible to members of the community.

Superintendent’s report

The superintendent had given her state of the schools presentation on Jan. 26, where she reviewed the district’s strategic plan. She noted the increase in preschool classes to be created and three new CTE (Career Technical Education) classes.

University Heights topics

University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld reported that the city has carried forward a $2.5 million surplus into 2016, and will continue to seek grant funds to augment the budget. The city will repave or improve more streets than ever before. In 2016, senior citizens of University Heights will be able to use the Cleveland Heights Senior Activity Center. Bondholders have taken back ownership of University Square.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

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 email 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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