The leaders of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District were elated to learn that the voters of this community have resoundingly passed Issue 81, the school facilities bond issue, in November of 2013.
“On behalf of the students, teachers, faculty, staff and this board, we are extremely grateful for our community's support of public education and our students,” said School Board President Ron Register, who was also elected to serve on the school board for another four year term.
“It’s heartwarming to know that we’re in a community where the majority of the people support investment in their public schools and in our students. This bond issue will support and improve our property values and help attract and retain families and businesses to our community,” stated Board Vice President Nancy Peppler.
“We thank our parents, residents and staff for investing in our school facilities and recognizing that stronger schools make for a stronger community. And, most importantly, we thank all the people who worked tirelessly on Issue 81, including Bond Co Chairs Dave Tabor, Patrick Mullen and Alvin Saafir. Because of their hard work and the support of the community, we will continue to build on our academic achievements and provide our students with the quality education they deserve,” stated Superintendent Dr. Nylajean R. McDaniel.
The bond issue will fund the first phase of the community-created Comprehensive Facilities Plan. Over five years, the first phase will completely renovate Cleveland Heights High School and Monticello and Roxboro Middle Schools.
The planned renovations will:
- preserve historically valuable parts of our schools
- modernize out-of-date classrooms and technology
- be energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly
- allow for stronger safety and security measures
- include an indoor competition swimming pool at the high school
Phase 1 begins with the high school. Design and construction planning will take place over the next 18 months, with renovations beginning in the summer of 2015. “The high school is the centerpiece of our district, but is in the worst physical condition and generates the most repetitive maintenance. By starting with the high school, we also minimize the impact of student disruption,” stated Dr. McDaniel.
“As we move forward to fully implement the plan that we put forward to the voters, we will put a community-led Bond Accountability Committee in place to ensure accountability, transparency and financial oversight,” stated Register.
Cleveland Heights-University Heights Bond Issue Election Results:
(with 45 out of 45 precincts)
FOR THE BOND ISSUE . . . . . . . 7,229 59.17%
AGAINST THE BOND ISSUE . . . . . . 4,989 40.83%