CHS Best Initiative

CHS Best Initiative

Building on Excellence and Success Together (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 2019-2020 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.

2019-20 Meeting Schedule

Thursday, August 29 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

  • Welcome, introductions, purpose, and orientation information
  • 2019 -20 meeting schedule and agendas
  • District updates: superintendent, assistant superintendent, treasurer, and principals
  • Safety, Security and Facilities Pillar: updates on safety and security improvements; report by the GPD GROUP on facility maintenance and upgrades consulting services; and overview of BEST Committee involvement in facilities improvement planning for 2019-20

Wednesday, September 25 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

  • Academic Pillar: Local Report Card results, curriculum improvements, learning tools improvements, and this year’s professional development plan  
  • Advancement of Student Opportunities Pillar: updates from Mr. Coleman on Principal’s Advisory Committee (PAC) including purpose, membership and meeting schedule
  • Enrollment Pillar: current student enrollment numbers and Community Open House (Sunday, January 26, 2020) information
  • Communication and Community Outreach Pillar: ongoing communication efforts and village council visits schedule

Wednesday, October 30 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

  • Enrollment Pillar: Community Open House planning
  • Safety, Security and Facilities Pillar: updates from superintendent
  • Finances Pillar: updates from treasurer

Thursday, November 14 (6:00 – 8:00 pm)

  • Finances Pillar: Five Year Forecast information and discussion with treasurer
  • Advancement of Student Opportunities Pillar: updates from Mr. Coleman

Thursday, January 16 (6:00 -8:00 pm)

  • Enrollment Pillar: Community Open House final planning

Thursday, March 12 (6:00 -8:00 pm)

  • Review of 2019-20 strategic plan and discussion/consensus on draft of 2020-21 plan

Thursday, April 23 (6:00 -8:00 pm)

  • Review of 2019-20 strategic plan and discussion/consensus on final draft of 2020-21 plan


  • BOE end of year report on Wednesday, May 13
  • Village council visits schedule for June


BEST Strategic Planning Committee Members

Doug Amari (CHHS teacher)

Mandy Apathy (parent/community)

Brad Borowy (parent/community)

George Burich (director of pupil services & assistant principal)

Ted Caleris (assistant superintendent)

Dawn Casey (parent/community)

Rick Centa (Cuyahoga Heights Village Council)

Pat Coleman (CHMS/HS principal)

Joe Connors (student)

Patti Conti (CHES teacher’s assistant, parent/community)

Tracy Deal (CH support staff)

Jen Deka (parent/community)

Mark Dobbins (BOE member)

Tom Evans (superintendent)

Erin Graham (consultant)

Claire Griffith (PTO president)

Joey Guillaume (district school psychologist)

Bailey Gwynn (parent/community)

Judy Harvan (CHES teacher)

Joy Houchen (CHES principal)

Julie Jakubczak (Valley View Village Council)

Matthew Kapinski (student)

Kara Kovitch (CHES secretary, parent/community)

Kyle Manfredonia (CHES teacher)

Amanda Mormile (parent/community)

Matt Muccio (treasurer)

Jennifer Nemeth (parent/community)

Eileen Pech (parent member)

Dave Pesicka (CHHS teacher)

Jennifer Presot (Brooklyn Heights Village Council)

Lisa Ross (parent/community)

Lindsay Russell (CHMS teacher)

Jamie Sane (parent/community)

Anita Schafer (parent/community)

Carrie Sciano (PTO treasurer)

Gary Suchocki (BOE)

Abbey Szendrey (student)

Patty Tommer (parent/community)

Erin Zink (parent/community)

Jim Zwisler (facilitator)

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