Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 4-10-2018

APRIL 10, 2018


  • Public comments
  • Awards and recognitions
  • Green Apple Project report
  • Board approvals, donations
  • Social studies curriculum
  • Five-year financial forecast
  • Middle Schools renovation
  • Board training and dates
  • Including public comments in work sessions


President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright were present. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7 p.m. after an executive session and adjourned at 10 p.m.

Public comments

Karen Regal, first vice president of the teachers’ union, spoke on the changes made to address teacher concerns and thanked the board for addressing them.

Awards and recognitions

Auditor of State Award: Michelle Stys, liaison director for the state auditor’s office, presented Scott Gainer and his finance team the Auditor of State Award with distinction for the fiscal year that ended in 2017.

Honors: The AFS exchange students, the Environmental Club, the Oxford preschool team and the Tiger Team members of the month were honored.

Green Apple Project report

The Green Apple Project to reduce district energy consumption completed a successful first year in 2016-2017, saving energy through encouraging behavioral changes to reduce energy use. These energy savings equated to a significant financial savings for the district.

Board approvals, donations

The board approved field trips for the Health Occupation Students of America competition, two high school track team meets, a high school leadership conference and the Minority Student Action Network.

The board accepted donations exceeding $3,100.

Social studies curriculum

The first reading of the social studies curriculum was presented.

Five-year financial forecast

The board and Mr. Gainer discussed the five-year district financial forecast.

Middle Schools renovation

The board discussed plans for holding a community meeting on the middle schools renovation.

Board trainings and dates

The board discussed dates for many meetings, including one for diversity training.

Including public comments in work sessions

The board discussed at length the possibility of adding comments from the audience to the work session meetings. There were concerns that it should be done within the guidelines of the Sunshine Law. Mr. Gainer will discuss this with the district’s legal counsel.

Upcoming meetings are a regular board meeting on May 1 and work session on May 15. The meetings are at 7 p.m. at the board of education offices.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

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