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Board of Education Meeting Summary - June 8, 2022

June 8, 2022 -- At the monthly regular Board of Education meeting on June 7, the Board approved contract agreements with three District employee bargaining units, the Board resolved to oppose Ohio House Bill 99, and Cleveland Heights Mayor Kahlil Seren and his team presented a development proposal for the Taylor Tudor property.

Awards & Recognitions
Maltz Museum ‘Stop the Hate’ Contest Winner
The Board and Superintendent Kirby recognized Monticello Middle School eighth grader Chelsea Gipson, who won 2nd place in her grade level division in the 14th Annual Stop the Hate® Youth Speak Out & Youth Sing Out Contest held by the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage.

Around 3,000 students enter the Stop the Hate contest each year, and Chelsea was one of 20 finalists. This year, students were asked to think about a time they witnessed or experienced acts of injustice, racism, bigotry, or discrimination, and write about how they responded (or will respond) in order to create positive change.

Swim Team Academic All-Americans
The Board and Superintendent Kirby recognized Six Cleveland Heights swimming seniors who have been named Academic All-Americans:

  • Helen Barr
  • Patricia Chen
  • Emmet Fluharty
  • James Huff
  • Noah Pereira
  • Andrew Teets

This is a national award for graduating seniors who are varsity level and who achieve academic excellence. These six have among the highest cumulative grade point averages (GPA) in the country.

Tiger Team Members of the Month
The Tiger Team Members of the Month are recognized by their peers and community for going above and beyond to contribute to the culture of excellence in our district. The Tiger Team Members of the Month for May are:

  • Board of Education/Millikin/Bus Depot: Erick Brazile
  • Boulevard Elementary School: DeOnna Whitfield
  • Canterbury Elementary School: Natalie Mortimer
  • Delisle Options Center/Tiger Virtual Academy: Ed Stair
  • Fairfax Elementary School: Maggie Brooks
  • Gearity Elementary School (Preschool): Brooke Cicerchi
  • Heights High School: Keith Newman
  • Monticello Middle School: Jeannise Andres
  • Noble Elementary School: Hassan Harris
  • Oxford Elementary School: Carla Campbell
  • Roxboro Elementary School: Liz McKinley
  • Roxboro Middle School: Meghan Kennedy

Their nominations can be read here.

Meeting Overview
  • Cleveland Heights Mayor Kahlil Seren, Business Development Manager Brian Anderson, and representatives from WXZ Development and RDL Architects presented a proposal to redevelop the Taylor Tudor property and a larger vision to revitalize the surrounding Cain Park Village District.
  • The Board voted to approve tentative contract agreements with the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE) Local 102, OAPSE Local 617, and the Educational Administrative and Professional Staff Council (EAPSC). Each agreement is effective July 1 of this year through June 30, 2025.
    • Contract agreements effective July 1 of this year through June 30, 2025 were reached with the District’s other two bargaining units, the Cleveland Heights Teachers Union Local 795 and the Monitors Unit, earlier this year.
  • The Board approved the appointment of Dr. Christina Bauer to the position of Director of Curriculum and Instruction, effective August 1. Dr. Bauer currently serves as the District’s Coordinator of Information Technology.
  • The Board voted to approve a resolution opposing Ohio House Bill 99. HB 99 would allow teachers and other school employees to carry firearms in school with significantly less training than previously required. The Board resolution also includes recommended legislation, including universal background checks and the ban of assault-style firearms.
  • Chief Financial Officer Scott Gainer presented his “3 Things” report, a new monthly initiative to educate stakeholders on school funding.
  • Superintendent Kirby shared updates on the past month’s work within the five goals of the District’s Strategic Plan.

The full meeting video can be found here.

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