Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education work session highlights 9-25-2018

SEPTEMBER 25, 2018


  • 2018 state report card update
  • Summer programming update
  • Board approvals
  • Superintendent Dixon’s departure


President James Posch, Vice President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz and Beverly Wright were present. Malia Lewis was absent. Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7:05 p.m. after a board training session and adjourned at 8:48 p.m.

2018 state report card update

Allison Bryd, director of data and assessment, reported on the six components of the report card (achievement, performance, gap closing, prepared for success, at-risk K-3 readers, and graduation rates). She compared all state and first-ring district schools. Ms. Byrd will present additional reports at two future board meetings. Her report can be found in the Sept. 25 agenda in Board Docs on the Board of Education website:

Summer programming update

Assistant Superintendent Felisha Gould and Director of Curriculum and Instruction Robert Swaggard reported on the summer programs. Programs include Camp Invention, Third Grade Reading Guarantee, Reading Matters for English Learners, Algebra Bridge Program, Explore Your Future, Middle and High School Summer School, AP Success Camp, and OST (out of school time) Summer School. The “I am Going to…Camp” program is for kindergarteners and students about to enter first or second grade.

Board approvals

After discussion, the board approved $976,075 for renovation of the Monticello School kitchen, which will improve the kitchen’s efficiency. Along with Monticello, the kitchen serves the Boulevard, Oxford and Noble schools as well. The money will come from the permanent improvement fund.

Superintendent Dixon’s departure

Mr. Posch commented on Dr. Dixon’s departure for a position with the Columbus schools. He thanked her for all she had done for the district and thanked the Columbus district for letting her stay to the end of the year. The Ohio School Boards Association will meet with the board on Oct. 9 to start a search for a new superintendent.

Upcoming meetings are a regular board meeting on Oct. 2, 2018, and a work session on Oct. 16, 2018. The meetings are at 7 p.m. at the board of education offices.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

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