Monday, August 21, 2006

CMSD Sets Grand Openings For New and Renovated Buildings

August 15, 2006
Pat Martin: 216-574-8143
Becky Hague: 216-574-8413

District Sets Grand Openings For New and Renovated Buildings
CLEVELAND –The grand openings of five Cleveland Municipal Schools will mark the beginning of the 2006-07 school year. The five schools include two newly constructed buildings and three schools that received comprehensive renovations. To familiarize students, their families and the public with the new buildings, grand opening dates have been set as follows:
Mary B. Martin (Comprehensive Renovation)8200 Brookline AvenueThursday, August 17th, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Hannah Gibbons-Nottingham (New Construction)1401 Larchmont RoadFriday, August 18th, from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
John Adams High (New Construction)3817 Martin Luther King, Jr. DriveSaturday, August 19th, from 2:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
Mary Bethune (Comprehensive Renovation)11815 Moulton AvenueMonday, August 21st, from 2:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
John Hay (Comprehensive Renovation)2075 Stokes BoulevardWednesday, August 23rd, from 2:00 p.m. -5:00 p.m.
The public is encouraged to visit during the grand openings and see firsthand the work that has gone into making these buildings 21st-century learning environments.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Cleveland Education Committee

Cleveland Education Committee
Thursday, August 24th, 2006
6:30 p.m.

Trinity United Church of Christ, 3525 W. 25th St. 44109. Near I-71 entrance. Enter off of Scranton Rd. (south of MetroHospital)
Phone: 351-7667

* Do you have concerns or questions about your local school?
* Do you want to be meaningfully involved at your child’s school but are not sure how?

* We want to hear from you. Come and find support and information from other parents and community members.

* The Cleveland Education Committee consists of parents, grandparents, concerned citizens and staff of community organizations.

Our purpose is to promote parent and community leadership in creating meaningful involvement in our schools to enhance the education of our children and in turn, revitalize the City of Cleveland.

Please join us at our next meeting as we continue to plan a conference for Saturday, September 23rd at Cleveland State University, “A Community Perspective on School Involvement,” co-sponsored by Center for Community Change, CNDC, Catalyst Cleveland, and supported by Cleveland Foundation. All are welcome.
For more information contact Ian Heisey at 671-2710 or, Bellaire-Puritas Dev. Corp. / Tim Walters, May Dugan Center, 631-5800 or, or Neighborhood Leadership Institute: 812-8700

Monday, August 07, 2006


July 31, 2006


CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland Board of Education Chairman Larry Davis—in consultation with Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson—today announced the new members of the Bond Accountability Commission (B.A.C.). The reconstituted Commission is to fulfill a campaign pledge made in 2001 for an independent group of citizens to monitor and issue public reports on the District’s school construction program.

“These individuals named to the Bond Accountability Commission are exceedingly qualified to oversee implementation of the school district’s Facilities Master Plan,” said Chairman Davis. “I know the Board of Education and the entire community is eager for the Commission to begin its work of publicly accounting for the dollars spent to rebuild our schools.”

Mayor Frank Jackson is a strong proponent of appointing the new Commission. “I’m pleased this outstanding group of citizens has accepted the charge of keeping the public well-informed about the school district’s facilities program,” he said. “I look forward to the Commission holding the school district accountable for the spending of taxpayers’ money on this project so critical to the future of our children and community.”

Earlier this summer, Alfonso Sanchez was appointed Interim Chairman of the B.A.C. The retired Executive Vice President of Turner Construction presided over numerous major construction projects including the Key Tower, the Galleria and the Cleveland Public Library. Sanchez will serve as Interim Chairman until the Commission chooses a permanent chair in January.

At its July meeting, the Board of Education approved the use of District funds for start-up costs of the Commission and staff. Private funds will be sought to supplement the funding of the Commission. Cuyahoga Community College will provide space at its Metro Campus to house the staff of the B.A.C.

The new B.A.C. members are:

Bond Accountability Commission

Alfonso Sanchez, Interim Chair
Retired Executive Vice President of Turner Construction Executive
At Turner he presided over numerous major construction projects including the Key Tower, the Galleria, Cleveland Public Library and the Cleveland Clinic.

Lillie Bell
Retired Customer Service Manager for United Parcel Service.
Co-Chair of the Cleveland Leadership Education Committee. President of the Ward 2 Democratic Club. President of the Board of the Substance Abuse Initiative of Greater Cleveland. Resident of Cleveland.

Tanya Brown
President of the School Parent Organization at Gracemount School.
Parent of two Gracemount School students. Resident of Cleveland and a graduate of John Marshall High School.

Diane Downing
Vice President of Administration for the Cleveland Browns.
Served as project manger for the construction of Cleveland Browns Stadium. Previously served in the cabinets of Mayor Michael White and Mayor George Voinovich. Resident of Cleveland.

Robert Jackson
Senior Partner in the Cleveland law firm of Kohrman, Jackson & Krantz.
Corporate lawyer, avid book collector and supporter of public libraries. President of the Contemporary Art Society at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Denise Link
Vice President of Delivery Planning and ATM Performance at National City Bank. Parent of two Newton D. Baker School students. Classroom tutor and parent volunteer at Newton D. Baker School. Resident of Cleveland.

Eric Paszt
Retired Purchasing Director at Turner Construction Company
At Turner he was instrumental in purchasing for numerous major construction projects including the Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center and Eye Clinic, the Bank One Building, Cleveland Public Library and Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital.

Nancy Schuster
Managing principal for the law firm Schuster & Simmons Co., LPA located on the West Side of Cleveland.
Previously served as President Parma Board of Education, and as Chief of the White Collar Section and the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Ohio.

Peter van Dijk
Architect and design consultant with Westlake Reed Leskosky.
Responsible for the designs of Blossom Music Center, IMG Building, University School, Cleveland State University Music Building, Playhouse Square Theatre restoration, and Federal Reserve Bank restoration. Resident of Cleveland.

Additional members including a Cleveland Municipal School District student will be identified and appointed to the BAC at the beginning of the school year.

High school students win awards and scholarships in first business plan competition

News Release #14050June 29, 2006Contact: Mary Grodek 216.687.2290
High school students win awards and scholarships in first business plan competition

From better hospital gowns to removing tattoos: twelve high school students from four local schools took home awards for business plans that they wrote as part of an innovative pilot curriculum to learn about free enterprise and entrepreneurship.
On Wednesday, June 28 at Cleveland State’s Nance College of Business Administration, students from Brecksville-Broadview Heights, Fairview, North Royalton and West Geauga high schools celebrated the fact that their business plans for new products and services were selected as winners from among more than 120 submitted by students. Each was awarded a $500 scholarship.
Grand prize winners were Megan Milcinovic of Brecksville-Broadview High School for her plan for a nonprofit tutoring service called Enlightening, and Haley Beck and Amanda Blackley of West Geauga for their plan for a company called Shirt-Abilities.
In their business plans, students outlined how they would create, staff and market a new business or nonprofit group. The competition among the four schools is part of an innovative pilot program called Scholarship of Entrepreneurial Engagement (SEE). Eight high schools -- the others are Chardon, Madison, Mayfield Heights and Parma -- involving hundreds of students used a curriculum throughout spring 2006 developed by retired American Greetings executive John Klipfell. Partners in SEE that provided mentoring, contest judging and other assistance include the Nance College of Business, EconomicsAmerica and local chambers of commerce. The objectives of SEE are to:
Provide program participants with a high level, non-political understanding of how American free enterprise and the global economy work, consistent with the Ohio Department of Education's Academic Content Standards.
Plant the seeds of entrepreneurship in local high school youth to benefit their lives and careers.
Fuel the entrepreneurial spirit in the local business community through their participation.
Involve higher education more in the economic and entrepreneurial education of high school students.
The winning business plans are (descriptions provided where available):
West Geauga High School:Haley Beck and Amanda Blackley − Shirt-Abilities. A create-your-own line of shirts and tank tops. Using an assembly line format, customers can add graphics, paint and accessories to create their own look. “Our generation is all about standing out and being unique,” Beck and Blackley explained. “With our shirts, you can save money and not spend a lot on designer clothing.”
Brecksville-Broadview Heights High School Peter Jones − 2nd Gear Sports. A company that organizes and promotes sports tournaments for amateur athletes, such as basketball tournaments attended by coaches for recruiting athletes to college sports.
Harpreet Malla − An online business dedicated to helping families find babysitters.
Chelsea Getts − Head to Toe Salon. A one-stop shop that provides a variety of services to women, including tanning, hair care, nail care and wardrobe consulting by stylists.
Nick Karas − Specialized Transportation
Megan Milcinovic − Enlightening. A nonprofit tutoring service for elementary school children, incorporating art to make learning more fun and effective.
Sharon Rymut − Organic Soil, Inc. A company that turns horse manure and bedding into compost that is then sold to garden centers and landscapers. The public can also drop off yard waste at the company location.
Fairview High School:Christine Rakowsky − Feel Good Gowns. A firm dedicated to providing better hospital gowns.
North Royalton High School:Gregory Hiller − Fresh Start. A tattoo removal service; Hiller was inspired by the fact that young people his age often get “goofy” tattoos that they later want removed.
Joseph Benny − Retro World
Julia Antonelli − Xander's Corner Bar
SEE partners plan to expand the program’s success to 20 to 30 high schools next year. Additional aspects may include class lectures from the local business community, an optional student essay contest in addition to the business plan contest, online mentoring by local business professionals, and a continuing education program for ongoing inspiration for SEE program alumni.
For more information, please call Cleveland State’s Office of Marketing and Public Affairs at 216-687-2290.

Cleveland State University Receives $1 Million from the Ohio Department of Education

News Release #14063August 4, 2006Contact: Brian Johnston216.687.2290

Cleveland State University Receives $1 Million from the Ohio Department of Education
New program will train high school teachers in high-need subjects

The Ohio Department of Education has awarded Cleveland State University $1 million to provide fast-track training to future teachers of life sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic. Funding for the award comes from the Ohio Core Initiative.
In the State of Ohio, significant emphasis has been placed on preparing high school graduates for life beyond the K-12 classroom. The emphasis is on better preparing students for success in the work force or college through statewide adoption of a more rigorous high school curriculum that will require all students to complete four years of mathematics, including Algebra II; three years of laboratory-based science, including biology, chemistry and physics; and two years of a foreign language. Through Ohio House Bill 115, $13.2 million has been appropriated to support this focus on the Ohio Core, with the expectation that through a rigorous high school curriculum, more students will be prepared for post-secondary education, technical training, apprenticeships, military, or the work force.
As part of the Ohio Core Initiative, HB 115 set aside $2.6 million to support the participation of teachers licensed in Ohio, as well as mid-career professionals, in a 12-month intensive training program that culminates in teacher licensure in advanced mathematics, laboratory-based science, or a foreign language at the secondary education level and employment with an Ohio school district.
In response to this State need, Cleveland State’s College of Education and Human Services, College of Science, and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences worked together to develop a fast-track, 12-month program aimed at helping qualified individuals acquire licensure to teach math, science or foreign languages in the secondary school. This new program — the Accelerated Post-baccalaureate Program in Secondary Education — prepares individuals to become classroom teachers in the life sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic.
“The State and Federal governments have consistently recognized Cleveland State’s national prominence in literacy, math and science education, as evidenced by more than $10 million in grants received over the last few years. This is another excellent example of Cleveland State’s leadership in this area,” noted Dr. Mark Tumeo, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of the College of Graduate Studies.
Working with various school districts in Northeast Ohio, including the Cleveland Municipal School District, Euclid City Schools and Shaker Heights School District, a cohort-based training program will offer both common experiences (field experiences, bi-weekly seminar) as well as content and/or pedagogy coursework targeted toward the needs of each individual participant.
This program targets teachers already licensed in Ohio who want to expand their credentials in order to teach in one of the high-need areas and mid-career professionals who have a high degree of competence or training in a given content area and who wish to teach but are not currently licensed to do so. Supplementing required coursework will be field experiences that are arranged around the current work schedule of each participant, with experiences ranging from the teaching of first-year university students to the direction of summer science fair projects. In addition, these cohorts will participate in Praxis preparation activities and a bi-weekly seminar focused on conflict resolution and other professional matters.
The cohort-based training program will begin on August 26, 2006, and end on August 15, 2007, with individuals ready to enter the secondary classroom in Fall 2007 as fully licensed teachers.
While this 12-month program does not replace the traditional route to high school teaching, it does enable those individuals with significant content expertise to finalize their studies in preparation for high school teaching.
For more information, please contact Dr. Jane Zaharias, College of Education and Human Services, 216.687.4585.

Cleveland Municipal District high school students explore health career options through summer camp

Cleveland Municipal District high school students explore health career options through summer camp

For Immediate ReleaseJuly 11, 2006

CLEVELAND – Cleveland Municipal School District students in the ninth through 12th grade had an opportunity to learn more about health careers through Cuyahoga Community College’s Health Careers and Nursing Summer Camp this summer. The three-week program provided the students who were accepted to the program, via an extensive application process, the opportunity to learn more about career opportunities that utilize science and math.
The 21 students visited organizations that employ college graduates who pursue an education in health careers or the sciences. The tours included the Cleveland Clinic, Metro Health, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District’s Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant, the laboratory at the Environmental and Maintenance Center and the Health Museum, as well as all three Cuyahoga Community College campuses. The hospital visits included learning about trauma care, and viewing sports health medicine, outpatient surgery and radiology facilities. At the treatment plant they learned about the biological and chemical process involved in wastewater treatment, the testing of water quality and the important role water quality plays in our environment and health.

As part of the completion of the program and the graduation ceremony, the students worked in groups to create a PowerPoint presentation to share with family members. One student said, “It was a fun learning experience. I met new people, learned new things and had the opportunity to participate in many activities.” And as a final surprise for the students, they each received a $200 stipend, compliments of CVS Pharmacies at the graduation on June 30. The summer program is one of many initiatives underway as part of a $1.86 million community-based job training grant Cuyahoga Community College received earlier this year from the U.S. Department of Labor to assist in alleviating health care worker shortages in Greater Cleveland.
ContactJanet R. Cannata, Manager Marketing Communications & Campus RelationsCuyahoga Community College Metropolitan Campus216.987.6155 (office) — 216.403.8156 (cell) —


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July 25, 2006


CLEVELAND, OH – Cleveland Municipal School District CEO Dr. Eugene Sanders, the Cleveland School Board and members of Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s administration are asking Cleveland residents to attend a series of meetings to discuss and make recommendations for improving student and staff safety at school and while traveling to and from school.

“Respect Cleveland: A Matter of Choice. A Leadership Summit for Safe and Respectful Schools,” is scheduled for August 7-10 at four locations throughout the city.

“We intend to do all that we can before the start of school to ensure safety, security and respect to all of our students and staff,” said Dr. Sanders. “And we want every concerned resident, including our young people, to have the opportunity to bring their suggestions and recommendations to this process.”

Dr. Sanders explained that a goal of the Summit is to identify and implement 4-5 initiatives prior to the start of the school year to improve the safety and security of all students and staff during the 2006-2007 school year. Longer-term recommendations also are welcomed.

Each meeting will last from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meeting dates and locations are as follows:

• Monday, August 7th, at Cudell Recreation Center, 1910 West Blvd.
• Tuesday, August 8th, at Collinwood High School Auditorium, 15210 St. Clair Ave.
• Wednesday, August 9th, at Earl B. Turner Recreation Center, 11300 Miles Ave.
• Thursday, August 10th, at Fairfax Recreation Center, 2335 E. 82nd Street.

Meetings will open with a brief panel discussion on the challenges and opportunities for improving school safety. The floor then will be opened to the public for comments and recommendations.