Cleveland Heights- University Heights Board of Education work session 9-17-2019

SEPTEMBER 17, 2019


  • Union agreements
  • Family Engagement Task Force update
  • District report card: data series, part 1


Board President Jodi Sourini, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis, Jim Posch, and Beverly Wright were present. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting began at 7:05 p.m. and adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Union agreements

Jodi Sourini expressed pleasure that the school district has a one-year agreement with all of its unions. She also expressed appreciation for the staff’s hard work to improve student test scores. 

Family Engagement Task Force update

Family engagement specialist Lisa Hunt reported on the task force's work. Fifteen community members, including parents, alumnae, and parents who are also alumnae, serve on the task force. Their work is guided by the district's strategic plan, and the three areas the task force uses to guide its work to build family-school partnerships are: feedback and communication, partnership and communication, and events and planning. The task force is continuing to work in teams on these areas.

District report card: data series, part 1

Allison Byrd, director of data research and development, did a presentation on the district's 2018-2019 report card. This was the first session for the board this year. The district’s overall grade was a D. There were improvements in several categories. Ms. Byrd extrapolated the data to compare the Cleveland inner ring suburbs for comparison. One of those communities, Cuyahoga Heights, received an A. All the others received C, D or F.

Board members asked many questions, which Ms. Byrd would research for their next meeting. Board members also expressed their frustration with the report card.

LWV Observer: Robin Koslen.


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