Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 9-4-12
September 4, 2012
- Transportation concerns
- Early college at JCU
- Aquatics supervisor
- Grant monies
All board members were present.
American Foreign Service Award
Natasha Madorsky won an American Foreign Service Award, first prize, for her essay on South Sudan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton previously had presented her the national award.
Teacher Leader Endorsement
The Teacher Leader Endorsement program recognized 23 teachers who completed a year-long, ten credit-hour course at John Carroll University. These teachers received the highest license held by teachers in Ohio, in conjunction with the Race to the Top program.
Fifteen teachers received master teacher recognition.
Shine Arts Enrichment grant
Using a Shine Arts Enrichment grant of $850,000, the high school is recruiting 30 to 50 “at need” freshmen to begin an enrichment program for incoming freshmen, which will provide after school and weekend intervention.
Excellence award for The Update
The district’s quarterly newsletter, The Update, won a merit award for its “get out to vote” video and a merit award for its early childhood information, promoting schools from the perspectives of parents and teachers.
Parents whose children attend Lawrence Language School in Broadview Heights, a private language-disability school, had been told they were not eligible for busing based on the district’s claim that the ride is more than 30 minutes. Board policy only approves busing for trips less than 30 minutes. The parents maintained that the trip to Lawrence from Gearity, which is the measured start point, takes no more than 20 to 25 minutes.
Parents also complained that one child was tested without permission at Gearity School to determine eligibility to attend the Lawrence.
Another parent said that her daughter wants to attend the gifted program at Wiley but is assigned to another school and bus. She said her daughter is being harassed by a neighbor at the bus stop and needs this transportation and transfer. Her other two daughters attend Wiley and are transported by school bus.
Later in the meeting, the board heard an update on the transportation services. At the Oct. 18 meeting, the board hopes to review policies impacting both district finances and family needs.
Early college at JCU
The board approved a program in which the R.E.A.L School, in partnership with John Carroll University (JCU), provides an early college opportunity to allow students take college courses before graduating from high school. John Carroll will provide support and mentoring to the students.
After discussion, the board, in a split vote, approved hiring an aquatics supervisor. Board members Ron Register and Kal Zucker voted no.
The board approved the acceptance and appropriation of grants from 21st Century Shine, $200,000, and Title III-Immigrant, $4,416.
LWV observer: Lillian Houser.
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