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Board of Education Meeting Summary - October 5, 2021

Oct. 6, 2021 -- At Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, members passed a resolution to continue membership for a second year in the Ohio Coalition for Equity and Adequacy of School Funding (OCEASF). Membership in the coalition allows the District to participate as a plaintiff for the impending Vouchers Hurt Ohio lawsuit against the State of Ohio.

The OCEASF was organized in 1990 to challenge the constitutionality of the Ohio school funding system. Its mission is to “secure high quality educational opportunities for all Ohio school children without diminishing opportunities for students who reside in high capacity districts.” 

The CH-UH Board of Education has long advocated for a fair school funding model that does not deduct school voucher funds from a district’s budget. The CH-UH District lost $9 million in Fiscal Year 2021 alone due to vouchers.

Awards & Recognitions

The Board and Superintendent Liz Kirby recognized Heights High junior Taylor Evans for being named the national GEAR UP Student of the Year. The award is given to one student in the United States who embodies the GEAR UP mission to “Excel, Prove, and Mobilize.” 

Also recognized:

  • CH-UH school custodians in honor of School Custodian Day on October 2 (Miles Arnold, Freddie Crawford, Tony Dean, Jason Franklin, Richard Gezann, Aaron Greene, Cary Jackson, Deuanta Jackson, Greg Jakab, Toni Jeffery, Michael Lauer, Jairus McQuater, David Moss, Paul Petkac, William Porter, Jonathan Ross, Torian Slaughter, Ed Stair, Norman Strickland, Keith Walker, Kirk White)

  • CH-UH IT team in honor of IT Professionals Day on September 21 (Christina Bauer, Brian Bailey, Marc Brown, Craig Carey, Nikia Cleveland, Jeanne Gassman, Johnathan Haslett, Jim Pavsek, Fred Walker)

  • Tiger Team Members of the Month

    • BOE - Kelvin Robinson

    • Boulevard - Caryl Yoo

    • Canterbury - Katie Maric

    • Delisle - Johnathan Haslett

    • Fairfax - Sonya Smith

    • Gearity - Deltha Gray

    • Heights High - Patrick Gleba

    • Monticello - Kay Milkie

    • Noble - Gabriela DiDona

    • Oxford - Melissa Schwartz

    • Roxboro Elementary - Candace Summers

    • Roxboro Middle - Anisha Shapiro

Heights High sophomore Dashara Turner and junior Kenji Sakaie delivered the Superintendent’s Student Cadre report. The students recapped happenings at the high school, including sports, extracurriculars, and support they’ve received during the transition back to in-person learning.

Special Address From University Heights Mayor Michael Dylan Brennan

Mayor Brennan delivered remarks on the joint use of the Wiley space by the Board and the City for meetings, as well as the exploration of Wiley’s future use.

Superintendent’s Report

Superintendent Kirby updated the Board on recent highlights related to Strategic Plan Goals 1-4.

Watch the full Board meeting here.