Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 6-27-2017

JUNE 27, 2017

  • Public comments
  • Personnel
  • Finance
  • Middle school facilities update

BOE President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Talisa Dixon, Assistant Superintendent Felisha Gold, and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The public meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 9 p.m.

Public comments

Coventry building: Ten people spoke in support of the tenants at the former Coventry School building, [asking that they be] allowed more time before being required to leave the property.

Personnel

The board approved retirements, resignations and appointments, and adopted the agreement with Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 102.

Finance

Scott Gainer presented several year-end reports and transfer of funds [updates].

Middle school facilities update

The superintendent pointed out that no decisions [regarding the middle schools] have been made outside of what voters approved in 2013. At this time, the board is considering [whether] to “continue on the current path for renovating the middle schools or explore an alternative path.” Felisha Gold and Bob Swaggard, director of curriculum, presented the current educational values and how they relate to the middle schools. Duane Callendar, director of career tech and member of the facilities committee, reviewed how the money from the bond issue (passed in November 2013) was spent. He explained how the cost of the high school construction has left only $30 million for the middle school project. Pat O’Brien, of PMC construction, explained the current scope of the modest renovations at the middle schools. He listed some items that would have to be repaired within the next five years using permanent improvement funds. He also showed some alternative renovation paths. Members of the board questioned the monetary cost, the costs of delay in reopening the middle schools, and the educational advantages of the alternate path.

The board must decide by July 11 whether it will confirm continuing on the current path. If it decides on taking an alternate path, that path must be decided upon by Dec. 5.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

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