Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 4-4-2017

APRIL 4, 2017

  • Awards to Board President Register
  • Public comments
  • Proposed science curriculum
  • Personnel
  • Approvals of field trip, change orders, and financial reports
  • Board comments on meetings and new committees

Board members Ron Register, Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting was held from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Awards to Board President Register

The Ohio School Boards Association presented Ron Register with two awards, Master Board Member and Award of Professional Development.

Public comments 

Public meeting with superintendent: Representing the Heights Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland, Adele Cohn announced that the chapter will host a public meeting with Superintendent Dixon on April 23 at the Lee Road Library.

Parental concerns: Parents spoke about educational testing for young children and opioid addiction education.

Proposed science curriculum

Julie Raffay, instructional specialist for science, presented the proposed science curriculum for the first reading. Raffay explained how the materials were piloted and selected.

Approvals of field trip, change orders, and financial reports

The board approved the following:

  • The high school A Cappella Choir field trip to New York, April 6–9.
  • Eight change orders for the high school construction were discussed and then approved. They covered unforeseen items, [the] added scope of the project, and design changes.
  • The board approved the financial reports (the tax rate resolution and five-year forecast) and a list of legal counsel.


The board approved the contract between the board of education and the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union, as well as retirements, resignations and appointments. For the 2017–18 school year, 20 teachers were granted tenure.

Board comments on meetings and new committees

Ron Register said that a new committee called the Bond Accountability Commission would be formed to review the middle school construction.

Beverly Wright reported on a meeting with the state legislature. Jim Posch is forming a group to examine the state voucher program.

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 email postings of full reports, send an email 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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