Cleveland Heights- University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 3-19-2019

MARCH 19, 2019


  • Awards and recognitions
  • Middle school renovations
  • Board president’s report
  • Time to Teach, Time to Learn board resolution
  • Heights High swimming pool


President Jodi Sourini, Vice President James Posch, Dan Heintz, and Malia Lewis were present. Beverly Wright was absent. Interim Superintendent Dr. Brian A. Williams and Treasurer Scott Gainer were also present. The meeting began at 7:03 p.m. and adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Awards and recognitions

Awards and recognitions were presented for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Essay/Artwork Contest winners, Heights Middle School Spelling Bee champions, and Tiger Team Members of the Month.

Middle school renovations

Doug Myers of MPC Consultants updated the board on progress made in the middle school construction. At Monticello, a kitchen issue was resolved, and at Roxboro a structural repair was made to the gas line. It was noted that the project is on time and on budget.

Board president’s report

Board President Sourini thanked everyone who participated in the process of choosing a new superintendent. Board members commented on the difficulty in choosing the superintendent given the high quality of applicants. Elizabeth Kirby has been chosen and comes from Chicago Public Schools. It was noted that this does not change the strategic plan, which will continue to be followed.

Time to Teach, Time to Learn board resolution

The board adopted a resolution read by Board Member Heintz and titled “Time to Teach, Time to Learn.” The resolution calls for an end to the overuse and misuse of standardized testing. The reading can be heard on the Cleveland Heights University Heights Board of Education Youtube channel and can be found at under BoardDoc [or click here].

Heights High swimming pool

Board Member Lewis noted that 78 passes were purchased for the winter swim sessions. Pleased with the number of community members using the pool, this pilot program has been successful and will continue.

LWV Observer: Carol Spackey.

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