Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education highlights 3-6-2018

MARCH 6, 2018

  • Public comments
  • High school music
  • Model UN participation
  • Tiger Team Members of the Month
  • Top of the Hill project
  • Gun violence in schools
  • Ohio House Bill 512
  • Field trips and donations

President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, and Beverly Wright were present, as were Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon, Treasurer Scott Gainer, Cleveland Heights City Manager Tanisha Briley and Cleveland Heights Director of Economic Development Tim Boland. The meeting began at 7:08 p.m., after an executive session, and adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

Public comments

Kiwanis club: Mark Harris, from the Heights Kiwanis, gave an update on the organization’s plans for a club at the high school.

School safety and student walk out: Karen Rego, from the Heights American Federation of Teachers, spoke about school safety and student actions. Three middle school students spoke about the planned student walkout on March 14 and requested action on attacks in schools. [These students] are working with the administration concerning the walkout plans.

High school music

Both the Boys and Girls Barbershoppers won outstanding ratings at the Barbershop Harmony Society International Festival in California. The high school music concert is scheduled for May 10.

Model UN participation

Middle school students Eryn Lawson, Eloni McClain and Cecilia Adams spoke about their participation in the Model United Nations program.

Tiger Team Members of the Month

Each month the school district recognizes employees who go above and beyond to create a culture of excellence in the district. This month, eleven team members were honored.

Top of the Hill project

District Legal Counsel David Seed explained the terms of the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) for the Top of the Hill project. The school district will receive increasing amounts in taxes as the value of the project increases. The contract was not complete at the time of the board meeting, so a special meeting for the approval will be held on March 13, 2018. [The board approved the Top of the Hill TIF agreement at the March 13 meeting, during which no other business was conducted.]

Gun violence in schools

The board approved a resolution on guns and violence in schools. It is posted in Board Docs March 6 agenda under “new business.” (

Ohio House Bill 512

The board unanimously approved a resolution to call on the Ohio governor and general assembly to reject HB 512, which would transfer most of the powers of the elected State Board of Education and Department of Education to a new a cabinet agency under the sole authority of the governor.

Field trips and donations

The board approved field trips for the wrestling team, junior DECA students and the high school Spanish class, and accepted more than $10,000 in donations.

Upcoming meetings

A regular board meeting is scheduled for April 10 and a work session for March 20. The meetings are at 7 p.m. at the Board of Education offices. Two special meetings will be held March 12 and 13 at 6:30 p.m.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

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