Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights

JANUARY 3, 2017

  • Organizational meeting
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Reaching Heights event
  • Personnel items
  • Middle school renovation design
  • Quarterly contracts, donations
  • 2018 tax budget, staff cost comparison
  • Board president’s report
  • Combined committee meetings
  • Upcoming meetings

Board members Ron Register (president), Kal Zucker (vice president), Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer.

The meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 8:05 p.m.

Organizational meeting

As this was the first meeting of 2017, the board conducted annual organizational business, including election of Ron Register as president and Kal Zucker as vice president. Jim Posch was appointed treasurer pro-tem. The board also approved miscellaneous business.

Awards and recognitions

Superintendent Dixon introduced Bryan Williams, director of the Options Global Ambassadors program, and recognized three Options Global Ambassadors. Williams explained that seniors Tyron Bryant, De’Shawn Gibson and Roberto Osorio were chosen to travel to South Africa at the end of March. Osorio spoke for the group and thanked the board. The program has 120 students, and provides mentors and special events for them, keeping them on track to graduation.

Reaching Heights event

Superintendent Dixon said a Reaching Heights event would be held for the Friends of Education on Jan. 6.

Personnel items

The board approved appointments, change of status, and retroactive pay to an employee.

Middle school renovation design

The board discussed and approved a schematic design to update Roxboro and Monticello middle schools. Staff representing Moody Nolan, the design consultants, explained that they hope to stay [within] budget, with fewer change orders than occurred with the high school plan.

Quarterly contracts, donations

The board also approved recommendations for quarterly contracts (July 1 through Sept. 30, 2016) and acceptance of a $350 donation to the Delisle Options Center.

2018 tax budget, staff cost comparison

The board approved financial reports and the tax budget for fiscal year 2018. At the board’s request, Scott Gainer will compile a staff cost summary comparing it to other districts, so as to clarify how the CH-UH district compares.

Board president’s report

Ron Register reported on three issues that the district needs to address: charter schools, legislative items the state board of education is considering, and legislative items the federal department of education is considering. He recommended advocating to the legislators and [maintaining] open conversation. Register also said that board members had been appointed to various community committees, where board members represent the view of the board, not their individual views.

Combined meetings

The board discussed holding combined meetings with other local committees.

Upcoming meetings

Upcoming meetings: Tuesday, Jan. 17, a work session; Tuesday, Feb. 7, a regular meeting; Tuesday, Feb. 21, a work session. All meetings begin at 7 p.m.

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 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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