Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 4-2-2019

APRIL 2, 2019


  • Student recognitions
  • Union negotiations
  • Middle Schools renovations
  • State school funding proposal
  • Task force reports
  • Reaching Heights Spelling Bee
  • National equity symposium


Members present were Jodi Sourini, James Posch, Dan Heintz, Beverly Wright and Malia Lewis. Also present were Acting Superintendent Brian Williams and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting began at 7:10 p.m. and ended at 8:50 p.m.

Student recognitions

Dr. Williams recognized the Heights Middle School group that won the Great Lakes Science Design and Build Contest. Caleb Green, Marcus Holland, Arthur Schmiedl and Ruby Tugeau were led by teachers Amy Statler and Dianna Neal. The student team placed first in all divisions, including the adult division.

Caroline Imka, the high school representative to the board, reported that the Heights High Academic Challenge team took first in their meet earlier this month.

Union negotiations

The board approved a resolution of understanding with two public school employee unions, the Ohio Association of Public School Employees Locals 617 and 102.

Middle Schools renovations

The main order of business was the discussion and approval of change orders for the Heights middle schools. The board was apprised of roofing issues occurring at both Monticello and Roxboro middle school sites.

State school funding proposal

Mr. Gainer summarized his review of the Patterson school funding proposal being discussed in the state legislature. He feels that our district could benefit by an increase in funding from the state and the potential for school vouchers to be paid in a less onerous manner than the present funding model. He submitted the five-year financial forecast, which the board approved.

Task force reports

Several board members made task force reports. Mr. Heintz reported that the early childhood task force had its first meeting. Jodi Sourini reported that the gifted task force met.

Reaching Heights Spelling Bee

Malia Lewis encouraged the board to field a team for the Reaching Heights Spelling Bee.

National equity symposium

Beverly Wright reported on her attendance at the National School Board Association’s Equity Symposium. She shared notes from several presentations she attended and a video dramatizing equity issues.

LWV Observer: Robin Koslen.

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