Superintendent Nylajean R. McDaniel
It is my pleasure to introduce myself as the new Superintendent of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District. I know this District well and deeply care about its future. It’s up to all of us to make sure our children have a strong foundation by providing them with the best public education possible. This is my home; I’ve lived here for 36 years. My children went through the school system and I’m proud to say I have a grandson currently attending one of our wonderful schools. I’ve spent the last eight years working for the school district as the Human Resources director.
I am humbled and honored that I’ve been entrusted to serve as Superintendent of our schools at such a critical time. This community has had a multi-year conversation about our school facilities going back to the fall of 2010. After a lot of research, debate, community engagement, surveys, and modifications, the community now has a master facilities plan we can proudly embrace. There will be a bond issue on the ballot in November 2013 to cover the first phase of a two phase comprehensive school facilities project that will serve our children and communities for the next 50 years. We have a lot of informing and educating to do, especially for those community members who don’t have children in our schools and don’t see how old and inefficient our buildings are. We must renovate and recreate our facilities for flexibility of use, security, year-round functionality, cost efficiency, and environmental responsibility. This is a necessary endeavor; we as a community can’t afford to keep putting this off. The time is now. I am committed to working hard to explain this urgent need to our community. Working along with me are our elected school board; staff; many of our parents; and Citizens for Heights Schools, an independent community organization that receives no funds from our school district.
We have an obligation to reach our vision of P.A.S.S.A.G.E. Preparing All Students for Success in A Global Economy. For a large number of our students, if it doesn't happen in school, it's not going to happen. We aspire to be a magnet school district to retain the families we have and to attract new families to our community.
We will continue to provide our teachers with focused professional development to build the capacity of the professional staff for literacy intervention, Pathway curriculum development, implementation of the new Ohio Common Core standards, and the application of the Ohio Improvement Process to all facets of instruction.
We are confident in our ability to accomplish these tasks and build on the traditions that have been established. Those traditions are really about the students who grow and thrive in our schools and march out into the world prepared to make a real difference in their communities. We will continue to uphold the CH-UH tradition, and I thank you for your continued support of this district, our communities, and our students.
Very truly yours,
Nylajean R. McDaniel, Ph.D.