Education

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
6:30 p.m. — 8:30 p.m. EDT

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3952 W 140th St Cleveland, OH 44111 (Directions)

John Marshall High School, Cafetorium (or watch on YouTube)

The Board of Education functions as the governing body of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Board responsibilities include: hiring the school district chief executive officer (with the mayor’s agreement); setting school district policy; approving the school district budget; establishing goals and accountability standards; and promoting parent, family, and community involvement in the schools.

The board has two types of meetings: a work session and a business meeting. Work sessions focus on information gathering and debate on issues and proposed resolutions. Business meetings focus on holding official votes on resolutions.

The board can have up to nine voting members, all of whom are appointed by the mayor.

Current board members:

  • Sara Elaqad, chair
  • Leah D. Hudnall, vice chair
  • Robert Briggs
  • Robert M. Heard
  • Midori Lebrón
  • Diana Welch Howell
  • Denise W. Link
  • Nigamanth Sridhar
  • Charlene Jones

The CEO of the school district is Warren Morgan II.

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Reporting

Edited and summarized by the Cleveland - OH Documenters Team

Note-taking by Marcy Clark

District upgrading alert system for power outages

Live reporting by Marvetta Rutherford

Overcrowding at Newcomers Academy, public commenter says

Denise A@cleDocumenter @CleDocuDenise
Greetings #Cleveland today I have the honor of covering the @cmsd school district Meeting today starting at 630! Grab a snack and your favorite drink
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05:20 PM May 21, 2024 CDT

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The room is extra full with students who are being recognized for their excellence this year
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As the board readies themselves.. the people in the room are hyped
Roll call
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CEO report is first on the agenda tonight
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These are the students and board members!
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Individual pictures will be added to the end of the Meeting
Back to the business at hand
In climate weather guidelines are being discussed by the ceo
And Karen Thompson
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This is the why for the issues of closing
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Alerts are sent out
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Panel construction
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How the process works!
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29 schools do not have backup generators
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11 school buildings have no air conditioning
The phases should be done by July
They have partners in different cities in Ohio, Indiana and Baltimore
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Sara Elaqad asked about the situation with schools that are older and don't have air conditioning
This process has been in place since 2003
More proactive maintenance measures are in place now
CEO supports this and expressed gratitude
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Public comments are next via online requests
Lisa Riley is first
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Her concern is the Teacher Assistant and the salary
She expressed her frustration with the situation.
She cited various ways to make the situation better.
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This woman has been in all the meetings this year and she spoke about traveling with the students
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This special needs teacher is upset about the suicide rates of her peers. She has been working here 23 years
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She was excited when the ceo was hired.. she encouraged him to visit the chair of the school
She is an intervention specialist aka special education
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Donice Harris is next .. she asked for help with her situation with her interactions with parents and staff on the grading policy... the grade of I aka F
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Counselors need input on the scheduling process
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This is a music teacher at the Newcomers school. They have a problem with overcrowding
K-12 they have over 900 students right now
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Shutting down computer rooms is the current idea
There are autistic children who are affected
She also has safety and security plans.
Her concerns are about the lack of sunlight
The idea of 49 students in a room....
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19 resolutions are being adopted
Building improvement is first
CEO Morgan gave his report on a bond and taxes that they plan to replace an expiring bond in place
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Morgan reflected on his first year after covid
He has 5 year goals
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5 years financial assumptions
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This lack of funding has been a challenge for the district.
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During the discussion
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Revised forecast has increased wages and money in the black
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In 26-27 the district will be in debt to the tune of 100 million dollars
Morgan spoke about the future of the district
This is the levy and bond asks
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This will be on the ballot in November.
Elaqad supports this
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Resolution passed
Next up
Athletic issues
Resolution passed
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Grant money from a LLC
Motion passed
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More resolutions are passed regarding text books and other supplies
Motion passed on these 4 items
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Supplements to the resolutions are not clear on the screen
This is for 12 items for employees and administrative expenses
Substitute Teachers etc
Motion passed
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New business is the Cleveland Public librar and the appointment of a board member deadline is in June!
Board members are in executive session
After the recess the board put forth a motion not to renew a contract for School Based Administrators
Motion passed
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With this the Meeting was adjourned!
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As promised, here's some of the graduates who were honored:
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Until the next time, blessings in Abundance to you #Cleveland
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Agency Information

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

The Board of Education functions as the governing body of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Board responsibilities include: hiring the School District Chief Executive Officer (with the concurrence of the Mayor); setting School District policy; approving the School District budget; establishing goals and accountability standards; and promoting parent, family, and community involvement in the schools.

Cleveland’s current school governance structure was created by Ohio House Bill 269 in 1997, and took effect September 9, 1998. The Board of Education is made up of nine voting members appointed by the Mayor of Cleveland from a slate of nominees selected by a local nominating panel, established under State law. At least four of the nine members must have significant expertise in either education, finance, or business management. Board members must be residents of the School District, and at least one of the nine members must reside in that part of the School District that is outside the City of Cleveland (Bratenahl, Linndale, Newburgh Heights, and parts of Brook Park and Garfield Heights).

Find the meeting live stream here: https://www.youtube.com/@CMSDCommunications/streams

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