Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education meeting highlights 5-17-22

MAY 17, 2022


  • Staff petition and hiring of new staff 
  • Career and Technical Education program focus group results
  • Minority Student Achievement Network presentation


Present were President Malia Lewis, Dan Heintz, James Posch, Jodi Sourini, and Beverly Wright. Also present were Superintendent Elizabeth Kirby and Treasurer Scott Gainer. The meeting lasted about 2 hours 15 minutes.

Staff petition and hiring of new staff 

The board acknowledged the paper, not electronic, petition they received from 148 high school staff in support of Dr. McKinney being hired as permanent principal of the high school. Dr. McKinney, however, has requested that she be hired as the interim principal.

Superintendent Kirby welcomed the hiring of Dr. Abdussatar as the new director of social and emotional learning.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) focus group results

Former Career Technical Planning District Superintendent Dr. Celena Roebuck and Heights Consortium Coordinator Katrina Myers presented the focus group findings and recommendations for the CTE program. Cleveland Heights-University Heights participates with Maple Heights, Shaker Heights, Warrensville Heights, and Mayfield Heights in a compact. Students in these schools can enroll in any of the 22 CTE programs offered at any of the schools. 

Focus groups were held to determine student, parent, community, and teacher perceptions of the CTE programs. A major finding was that too little knowledge about the programs was available to students. Coordinating the school spring break calendars was considered a major success.

Minority Student Achievement Network (MSAN) presentation

Students from MSAN updated the board on the issues they have been examining. The students meet biweekly and have discussed issues such as critical race theory, the treatment of Africans in Ukraine, mental health in the black community, and the wage gap between male and female professional athletes.

Upcoming meetings are a regular meeting on June 7 and a work session on June 28, both held at 7 p.m. at the board of education offices.

LWV Observer: Robin Koslen.

Documents for all board meetings can be accessed from the Board of Education webpage: Go to “BoardDocs” in the menu; on BoardDocs go to “MEETINGS” in the top menu; click on “Agenda.” Board meetings are livestreamed on the district’s YouTube channel (

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