Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The board hosted a work session on Monday to discuss how the district could pay for the $206.2 million project.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board focused on Plan C funding options its work session Monday night. Though Steve Shergalis, director of business services, touted the plan's flexibility, the ability to completely fund it will partly rely on voter approval and private donations. The project, which would renovate and reconfigure schools in the district by 2022, is estimated to cost $206.2 million. Nearly 70 percent of that cost would be paid for by a bond issue the board hopes to put on the November ballot. The measure would ask voters to approve a 5.9-mill, 37-year bond issue that would produce $137.2 million. Residents would pay $15.50 per month per $100,000 of property valuation. It would be the district's first bond …
Monday, June 18, 2012
The Board of Education will host a special meeting at 7 p.m. at Wiley Middle School
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights Board of Education will host a special meeting at 7 p.m. to discuss facility plans. The discussion will be featured in the group's work session and will likely include plans regarding Bellefaire School. The board voted to close Bellefaire by the end of next school year at its June 5 meeting. The board also plans to consider personnel and business service items at the meeting. The agenda includes the approval certified and licensed staff member resignations and the appointments of staff members for the summer school program. Recommendations to approve 2012-2013 property, liability and student insurance proposals are also on the agenda. The meeting will be held at Wiley Middle School. Did you miss our…
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board recognized 43 teachers who retired this year and introduced new teachers.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board honored 43 teachers who retired this year at its regular meeting June 5 at the Deborah Delisle Educational Options Center. The board also welcomed 18 new teachers hired for the 2012-2013 school year. Here’s the list of retirees. Were any of these educators your former teacher? Susan Ahmed Margaret Aquila Barbara Bacon Michael Beckman Marcie Beggs Karen Anne Biermann Evelyn Bradshaw Mary Ann Brennan Virginia Bruns Katie Cahn Kim Chan Blair Chirdon Janet Christen Judith Davis Edith Delman Deborah Eiger Paul Ernst Caroline Farrar Mary Lou Fasko Mary Freer Stacy Hertz Patricia Horton Chris Iannone Catherine Ikimis Melvin Jones Melanie Lesar William Litten Rosetta Montgomery Mary Nemes Louis…
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Many students and educators will be recognized and board members will discuss changes to the high school dismissal time and the proposed facilities master plan.
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School Board will meet at 7 p.m. today in the Deborah S. Delisle Educational Options Center, 14780 Superior Road. Many students and educators will be honored at this end of the school year meeting, and the board will discuss changes to the high school dismissal time, the proposed facilities master plan, a dress code and more. The agenda is included with this article. Look for highlights soon.
Monday, June 4, 2012
CH-UH Business Services Director Steve Shergalis presented more facilities master plan options to board members, but said Plan C is still his favorite.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board members heard three more options for the proposed facilities master plan at a special meeting Thursday, May 24. But Steve Shergalis, business services director, maintains that Plan C would be best for the district. He provided the board with more information after members requested specifics on what it would cost to maintain Gearity Professional Development School or keep a primary school in University Heights and to issue two bonds instead of one. The new ideas, plans C-1, C-2 and C-3, are outlined here in an article published May 29. A combination of two bond issues, anticipated funding from the Ohio School Facilities Commission and certificates of participation would pay for the plan. …
Friday, May 25, 2012
The CH-UH School Board president says one of her greatest professional moments was at Shaw High School, when she had one of the largest graduating classes in a decade.
Name and Occupation: Karen D. Gorman-Jones. Educator and member of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board How long have you lived in the CH-UH district? I grew up in Cleveland Heights, and I have lived in University Heights for 22 years. What do you like most about the CH-UH community? What I like most about this community is its diversity, its proximity to everything and the community's intellectual and artistic surroundings. What community and civic organizations are you currently involved in? Aside from the school board, I am a member of The Word Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. I perform at Karamu House, and I am the head track coach at Beachwood Middle School. I believe this is the first time in a long time I…
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board will meet at 6:30 Thursday to decide whether to make changes to the latest version of Plan C or consider the proposal as is at its next meeting.
Kal Zucker said he doesn’t max out his credit card, and he doesn’t want to max out the district’s, either. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board member expressed his concerns about the latest financing proposal for the district’s master plan at a meeting May 15. After more than four hours, board members couldn’t come to a consensus, and called a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Board of Education building to decide whether they will move forward with the master plan as is or ask for changes before the regular meeting June 5. The meeting is open to the public. The newest version of Plan C is projected to cost more than $206 million if Heights High is renovated first. The original plan C, which is estimated to …
Thursday, May 17, 2012
The proposal to close Gearity Professional Development School was a primary topic during a Monday meeting that included city and school officials from Cleveland Heights, University Heights and South Euclid.
University Heights Mayor Susan Infeld told the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board that if they decide to close Gearity Professional Development School, it will “kill our city.” “Frankly, it’s odd in an urban area to not have a public elementary school,” Infeld said at a meeting Monday that included about 20 officials from Cleveland Heights, University Heights and South Euclid city councils and the CH-UH School Board. “In an area that is urban with sidewalks, it is normal and kind to have an elementary school choice for your children.” The meeting was called to discuss the district’s third facilities master plan proposal, and the two most hotly debated topics — closing the only elementary school in University Heights, and …
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Karen Jones, CH-UH School Board president, said this is the first option that will be made available to Mosdos Ohr Hatorah.
CH-UH School Board president Karen Jones announced at Tuesday night's school board work session that the district will discuss a long-term lease of Millikin with Mosdos Ohr Hatorah. The board met in executive session at 6 p.m. before the regularly scheduled work session at 7 p.m. at Wiley Middle School. Jones had said at a meeting Monday night that the board would consider putting the former Millikin School, which has been vacant since 2006, up for public auction. Instead, the board decided to "initiate entering into negotiations of a long-term lease," Jones said. "This is the first option that will be made available," Jones said. "(A public auction) is not off the table." Alan Rapoport, a former Cleveland Heights mayor who represents …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Board members will also meet at 7 p.m. for the regularly scheduled work session.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board president Karen Jones announced Monday night that board members will meet in an executive session tonight to discuss putting the former Millikin School up for public auction. "Our hope is to make a decision ... We do want to resolve the Millikin situation," Jones said. "We would like to get this off of our plate." Mosdos Ohr Hatorah parents and others in the Orthodox Jewish community sparked the Millikin debate when they told the CH-UH School Board at its Feb. 7 meeting that they wanted the property to remain a school, arguing it would significantly improve the neighborhood, increase property values and attract new residents. Supporters of Mosdos at Millikin continued to speak at meetings, …