Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 8-1-2017
AUGUST 1, 2017
- Opening of the high school
- Bargaining unit agreements
- Change orders and service agreements
- Board president's report
- Making board meetings meaningful
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 meeting was called to order at 7 p.m. and adjourned at 7:45 p.m.
Superintendent Dixon recognized the members of the high school 4 x 100-meter relay team, which won the state championship. Team members were Zaire Webb, Jakeith James, Rahmon Davis-Smith and Shakorie Davis. Head track coach Scott Gay was also present.
Opening of the high school
Dixon said that the renovated high school will open on time and that a convocation will be held on Aug. 18. Summer graduation was held on Aug. 1.
Bargaining unit agreements
The board approved routine personnel matters. The board also approved a resolution adopting a tentative agreement with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Local 617, and a tentative agreement with the Educational Administrative and Professional Staff Council.
The board approved two change orders for the high school renovation, one for $23,571 and one for $82,711. Both were for design clarifications, including removing a ladder, ceiling work and gypsum board finishes. Staff from PMC Regency, the owner’s representative, presented slides on progress in the high school renovation and explained the change orders. The board asked for a complete list of change orders.
The board approved an IT service agreement with Epiphany Management Group, an agreement with the Ohio Schools Councils, and an annual agreement to partner with the Lake Erie Educational Media Consortium.
Ron Register said that a Phase I facilities report, including the change orders, will be made available.
Making board meetings meaningful
The board discussed making board meetings more meaningful, a topic that arose at the board retreat in July. Members also discussed the request by Heights Arts to hold its annual gala at the newly renovated high school. In a related matter, they considered the current policy of not permitting alcohol to be served at such events in school buildings.
Upcoming meeting are: a regular session on Tuesday, Sept. 5; a work session on Tuesday, Sept. 19; and a regular session on Tuesday, Oct. 3. All meetings will be held at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education offices.
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