Members of the newly-formed Strategic Planning Committee (SPC) held their first meeting Tuesday, January 13 at the Board of Education to begin working with the District and the Board to develop a five-year Strategic Plan for the Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District.
CH-UH Superintendent Dr. Talisa L. Dixon welcomed the committee and introduced Committee Chair Saroya Queen-Tabor. Comprised of parents of current and former CH-UH students; alumni; Heights High students; faculty; staff; community partners; board members; and consultant Amy Morgenstern, President of Main Stream Enterprises, Inc., the SPC confirmed its charge to develop and recommend a proposed plan to the Board and dove right into the first phase of the work: to hear from CH-UH stakeholders.
The SPC’s role is to assist in developing the District’s five-year Strategic Plan. Among the planning objectives are to:
- Articulate and align stakeholders around the District’s vision, mission, values and guiding principles, strategic priorities and limited number of measurable goals.
- Confirm implementation details to support achievement of the desired results.
The Strategic Planning Committee helped identify stakeholders to participate in eight facilitated discussions, currently underway, that include a variety of perspectives —among them: CH-UH parents and students, CH-UH residents whose children attend private and charter schools, community partners, clergy, realtors, elected officials, and District teachers and staff.
The District will also conduct online surveys to hear from a larger number of students, parents, staff, and alumni, and will host a community meeting to pose additional questions based on what was heard via the facilitated discussions and online surveys.
The SPC’s formation and their work ahead supports points made in Dr. Dixon’s First 100 Days Report (presented at the December 16 Board Meeting): “to develop a five-year plan for this District with all of the key stakeholders.” As Dr. Dixon stated in the 100 Days Report, “With this support I believe this district can execute a plan that delivers results in both the short and long term. It’s going to take a commitment from everyone to see it through.”
CH-UH STRATEGIC PLANNING COMMITTEE
Saroya Tabor (CHAIR) Active parent and school volunteer
Dallas Schubert – Active Parent and school volunteer
Jane Harris – Link Director of Parent Engagement
Mark Storz – John Carroll University, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies
Susie Kaeser – Volunteer, Public School Advocate
Pam Cameron – UH Council
Jeff Coryell – CH Council
Krista Hawthorne – Executive Director of Reaching Heights
Judge Deane Buchanan – Cleveland Heights Municipal Court
Eryn Bernard, 11th grade
Akash Bartlett, 10th grade
Desiree Caliguire-Maier – IB Program Specialist
Teresa Ware – Teacher at Noble
Ari Klein – Teacher Union President
Bob Swaggard – Coordinator of Ed Services (secondary)
Erica Wigton – Canterbury Principal
Allison Byrd – Director of Data, Research and Assessment
Scott Gainer - Chief Financial Officer
Angee Shaker – Dir. of Communications
Dr. Talisa Dixon – Superintendent
Eric Coble – Board Member
Nancy Peppler – Board Member
Amy Main Morgenstern – President, Main Stream Enterprises, Inc.