Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-16-2017

MAY 16, 2017

  • Personnel matters
  • Board approvals
  • Work session – Gifted Task Force recommendations

President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon and treasurer Scott Gainer. The public meeting began at 7:42 p.m., after a prior executive session, and ended at 10 p.m.

Personnel matters

The board approved retirements, resignations and appointments. Due to the ending of [the district’s] partnership with Bellefaire, consolidation of the middle schools, and the reduction in security staff, the board approved the layoff of 37 classified personnel.

The board approved suspending the contracts of eight teachers due to lack of student enrollment and subsequent cancellation of the course[s].

Board approvals

The board approved bids for the Roxboro Elementary School facade restoration and playground, Oxford Elementary and Noble Elementary schools’ chimney repair, and Canterbury Elementary School’s monumental sign.

It also approved the agreement with Renhill Group, which will supply substitute-teaching staff.

The board approved a resolution authorizing the Guaranteed Maximum Price Amendment No. 1 with Turner Construction for the conversion of Wiley from a [temporary] high school to a [temporary] middle school.

Work session – Gifted Task Force recommendations

The Gifted Task Force comprises 22 parents and 10 gifted-education teachers. Seven members of the task force reported on the program’s reach and made recommendations to the school board. The state of Ohio has adopted new standards for gifted students. These have made it necessary to make some changes in services for the gifted. The present program does not serve kindergarten through grade two, nor high school students.

The task force recommended that the resource room pullout, self-contained classroom, and acceleration be continued. The district needs to add services for kindergarten through grade two (primary education thinking skills) and grades three through five (cluster grouping and collaboration/co-teaching).

LWC Observer: Adele Cohn.

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