Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 12-19-2017
DECEMBER 19, 2017
- Public comments
- Recognition of master teachers
- Tiger Team members of the month
- Board approvals for policies, field trips, donations
- Middle school facilities approvals
- Comments by outgoing board members
Board President Ron Register, Vice President Kal Zucker, Jim Posch, Eric Silverman and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talia Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. and ended at 9:05 p.m. Prior to the meeting, a reception was held to honor outgoing board members.
IB program content – A seventh-grade student requested to meet with the superintendent and board about the international baccalaureate program. He feels that the program focuses on liberal arts and needs more STEM courses. Register said he would see that the superintendent schedules a meeting.
Coventry building transfer – A community member asked that the Coventry building be transferred to the library board and that an art center be maintained at the building. The board is working on this suggestion.
Recognition of master teachers
Dixon recognized the following high school master teachers: Sarah Parker (marketing), Joyce Bukovac (math), Nancy Eisenberg (art), and Bridget Lambright (English). Elementary and middle school master teachers were recognized in November.
Tiger Team members of the month
Each month the district recognizes employees who go above and beyond to create a culture of excellence in our district. This month, twelve Tiger Team members were honored.
Board approvals for policies, field trips, donations
The board approved policy 7250, which gives procedures for naming school facilities.
High school field trips were approved for the Barbershoppers, the Robotics Club, the Symphony Winds, and the A Cappella Choir.
Donations were accepted ranging from $10 to Boulevard Elementary, to $1,000 to the Delisle Options Achievement Scholarship.
Middle school facilities approvals
Doug Myer from PMC gave a summary of the middle schools project. He presented the GMP (guaranteed maximum price) at $27,782,989. Turner Construction presented the schedule for beginning work in March, 2018, and finishing by July, 2019 depending on the finalization of documents and approval of the GMP. Alternate directions, decisions and timelines were presented also. The board approved the GMP; Silverman voted no, but with no explanation.
A policy for the authorization of change orders was presented. Per the policy, the board would have to approve every change above $50,000. Posch wanted more clarity and recommended tabling the motion. It was explained that under state law, this authorization is necessary. After much discussion, the board approved the change order motion, with Posch and Silverman voting no.
Comments from outgoing board members
Register reflected on his sixteen years on the board and said, “I never did enough. I am just starting.” Zucker thanked the board, teachers, and students, among others, saying “Why we do this is for the kids.”
A regular board meeting is scheduled for January 9 and a work session for January 23. All meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education offices.
LWV Observers: Adele Cohn and Lillian Houser.