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BEST Strategic Planning Committee
 
Leadership of the Cuyahoga Heights Local Schools established the Building on Excellence and Success Together (BEST) Committee in the 2011-12 school year to re-engage the communities served by the district. For five years the BEST Committee served in an advisory capacity to the district's superintendent assisting in the fine tuning of the district's strengths and in addressing the district's opportunities for improvement.
 
In the spring of 2017 the BEST Committee recommended to Superintendent Tom Evans that its purpose be upgraded to a systemic and systematic strategic planning format. The purpose of this change is to align all elements of the district under one purposeful plan. In this way the BEST Strategic Planning Committee can continue to fulfill the district's beliefs, mission and vision.
 
The 2017-18 BEST Strategic Planning Committee will focus on gaining community input and feedback to the Six Pillars of the plan: #1 Academics; #2 Safety, Security and Facilities; #3 Communication and Community Outreach; #4 Advancement of Student Opportunities; #5 Enrollment; and #6 Finances.
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September 27th Minutes
The first meeting of the BEST Strategic Planning Committee was held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. The following agenda items were covered:

• Review of the purpose of this strategic planning initiative.

• Review of district beliefs, mission and vision / Review of ground rules

• Welcome by Superintendent Tom Evans

• Middle school and high school updates by Mr. Young and elementary school updates by Mrs. Houchen

• Academics Pillar updates by Dr. Caleris.

• Communication and Community Outreach Pillar updates

1. Village Council visit schedule:
- Cuyahoga Heights Village Council on Wednesday, Oct. 11 at 6:00 p.m.
- Valley View Village Council on Tuesday, November 7 at 7:00 p.m.
- Brooklyn Heights Village Council on Tuesday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m.

2. PTO Candidates Night on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Cuyahoga Heights Village Hall

3. jcpower involvement in district publications

4. district website improvements

• Development of fall Task Force meeting agendas

The Enrollment Pillar will be the focus of the BEST meeting set forThursday, Oct. 26. Superintendent Evans will remind the BEST Committee representatives from the three villages of the importance of attendance at this meeting. Superintendent Evans was also asked to invite Tuition Program parents/families from the elementary, middle and high school levels to also attend.

The Safety, Security and Facilities Pillar will be the focus of the BEST meeting set for Thursday, November 16. Superintendent Evans will invite "expert" representatives from the following areas possibly covered in a multi year capital improvement plan: HVAC, electrical, technology, natatorium, and bus fleet.

Please remember that the next meeting of the BEST Strategic Planning Committee will be held on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, from6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the Bahner-Ray Media Center (first floor). Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 p.m.
 
BEST Strategic Planning Committee 2017-2018 Members

Joe Connors (Student Member)

Brad Borowy (Valley View Village)

Ted Caleris (Assistant Superintendent)

Jen Deka (PTO treasurer)

Tom Evans (Superintendent)

Cheryl Harris (Cuyahoga Heights Village)

Judy Harvan (Teacher Member)

Joy Houchen (CHES Principal)

Lexi Martin (Student Member)

Eileen Pech (Parent Member)

Dave Pesicka (Teacher Member)

Lisa Ross (PTO President)

Lyndie Schuckert (BOE Member)

Natalie Sisler (Student Member)

Jordan Sturgill (Student Member)

Abbey Szendrey (Student Member)

Matt Young (CHMS/CHHS principal)

Erin Zink (Parent Member)

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