Cleveland Board of Education hears updates on new policies, accolades

By SARALYN NORKUS Staff Writer
Posted 8/8/17

As is traditional with the beginning of the year, the first Cleveland Board of Education meeting of the school year was jam packed.

From honoring retirees, meeting new hires and hearing news …

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Cleveland Board of Education hears updates on new policies, accolades

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As is traditional with the beginning of the year, the first Cleveland Board of Education meeting of the school year was jam packed.

From honoring retirees, meeting new hires and hearing news from the schools, Monday’s formal session at Raider Arena covered all the bases, including the first readings of eight new policies.

The policy that received the most discussion was 4.600, which deals with grading systems for grades 9-12. With the state looking to have all school systems on the same grading system for state scholarship purposes, “advanced coursework grades will be weighted with additional percentage points to calculate the semester average.”

Those percentage points are as follows:

• Three percentage points for honors courses

• Four percentage points for dual enrollment and dual credit courses

• Five percentage points for advanced placement courses

“There will be a weighting of grades based off early postsecondary options that we offer,” explained Director of Curriculum and Instruction Jeff Elliott.

“It’s going to be a formula that is based off that, and there is a uniform grading policy. This begins with the 2016-17 freshmen class. It applies to our current freshmen and current sophomore groups.”

While CCS must comply with the state regulations, there are still some areas left for discussion.

“The policy leaves it open for us to have a local grading policy, really all that was approved (last night) was to comply with the state requirement for every school system in the state to have the same grading policy to apply for those scholarships,” said Director of Student Management Michael Kahrs.

According to Elliott, the group working on the new policy intends to have it sorted out by the September BOE meeting.

“Right now, we know what the state laws and regulations set by the State Board of Education are, and our job is to interpret that for our system and to make sure we’re doing what is right by the students of Cleveland City Schools,” added Director of Cleveland City Schools Dr. Russell Dyer.

Chef Rush

is recognized

for honors

from SkillsUSA

Cleveland High’s SkillsUSA lead advisor and culinary arts program head Chef Clyde Rush was recognized by CTE Supervisor Renny Whittenbarger for his recent achievements at SkillsUSA.

Rush was named Regional Advisor of the Year for Skills USA, and was one of five finalists to compete at the national level.

“He has gone above and beyond,” Whittenbarger declared.

“Chef Rush has averaged 180 hours above his contract per year.”

The CTE Supervisor added that since Rush joined the CHS faculty and culinary, they are having to turn down 100 to 125 students due to the overwhelming requests and interests in the program.

CMS tracksters

celebrate state title

Cleveland Middle School Principal Leneda Laing was able to present the boys track team to the school board on Monday and took some time to brag on their achievements last season.

The team, which won the TMSAA state track competition last spring, is the first to have participated in a full, statewide middle school state championship.

While their athletic accolades were impressive enough, Laing also had other praises to sing.

“These are amazing young men in our schools, not just on the track,” the principal stated.

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