Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education regular meeting highlights 12-9-2019

DECEMBER 9, 2019


  • University Heights civic awards 
  • Middle school inequities
  • Five-year forecast
  • University Square redevelopment
  • School levy
  • Final report on middle school renovations
  • Other business


Members present were President Jodi Sourini, Vice President James Posch, Dan Heintz, Malia Lewis and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting began at 7:05 p.m. after executive session and ended at 9:17 p.m. 

University Heights civic awards

The school board and University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan recognized Jodi Sourini as University Heights Public Servant of the Year and Dr. Fiona Connor as University Heights Educator of the Year.

Middle school inequities

Sam Bell spoke on inequity in the middle schools and the difficulty the off-campus career tech programs have in marketing their programs. President Sourini said that the equity task force will be meeting,

Five-year forecast

Mr. Gainer presented and discussed the five-year forecast. The board unanimously approved the forecast.

University Square redevelopment

Kowitt & Company will redevelop University Square into two- and three-bedroom apartments and open the area for green space. The property is deteriorating and has changed hands many times. Kowitt promised to continue to own the building. Target and Macy’s will stay. The district unanimously passed a resolution for a 30-year, 100 percent TIF (tax increment financing) plan commencing in 2020. Further details are available on BoardDocs. Select December 9, 2019, and click on “View the Agenda.”

School levy

The board unanimously agreed to proceed with an additional 7.9 mill levy for current expenses, to be put before the electors on March 17.

Final report on middle school renovations

Project Management Consultants and Regency Construction gave the final report on the final cost of the middle school renovations. The project was finished within budget and may have some funds left.

Other business

The board held the first reading of board policies Group A and the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school calendars.

The superintendent asked that everyone contact their state legislator about the loss of funds to the district due to changes in voucher and charter school funding.

President Sourini noted that a January funddraiser with the Cavs will be held Jan. 5.

Upcoming meetings include a regular meeting on Jan. 7 and a work session on Jan. 21. Both meetings are at 7 p.m. at the board of education building.

LWV Observer: Adele Cohn.

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