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Building on Excellence and Success Together (BEST) Strategic Planning Committee

Leadership of the Cuyahoga Heights Local Schools established the Building 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 fine-tuning the district's strengths and 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. This change aims 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 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.

2022-23 Tentative BEST Committee Meeting Schedule:

Thursday, October 20, 2022  6:00-8:00 p.m. - CANCELLED
Thursday, November 17, 2022  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 24, 2023  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 16, 2023  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 30, 2023  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 20, 2023  6:00-8:00 p.m.
May 2023 TBD
A light dinner is served at 5:30 p.m. before each meeting for all BEST Committee Members.


BEST Strategic Planning Committee Members

  • Doug Amari
    (Parent / Community)
  • Mandi Apathy
    (Parent / Community)
  • Kari Bozikis
    (Parent / Community)
  • George Burich
    (Director of Pupil Services & Assistant Principal 6-12)
  • Rick Centa
    (Cuyahoga Heights Village Council / Community)
  • Patti Conte
    (Parent / Community / Staff Member)
  • Tracy Deal
    (Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent / Parent / Community)
  • Jen Deka
    (Parent / Community / BOE)
  • Scott DeTray
    (CHMS/CHHS Principal)
  • Mark Dobbins
  • Tom Evans
  • Brian Friedt
    (Teacher / CHAT Member / Parent)
  • Lora Garrett
    (BEST Facilitator)
  • Paul Gillespie
    (Parent / Community)
  • Kaelib Graaf
  • Bailey Gwynn
  • Maddie Hepburn
  • Joy Houchen
    (CHES Principal)
  • Jennifer Jasany
  • Jay Keefer
    (CHES Interim Principal)
  • Colleen Kmetz
  • Kara Kovitch
    (Parent / CHASE Member / Staff Member)
  • Robert Moore (Director of Technology)
  • Amanda Mormile (Parent / Community)
  • Matt Muccio
  • Megan Neville
    (Teacher / CHAT Member)
  • Sandra Orland
  • Carolyn Pajestka
  • Eileen Pech
  • Nate Podoll
  • Jennifer Presot (Community / Brooklyn Heights Village Council)
  • Jim Rademaker
    (Teacher / CHAT Member)
  • Cami Ross
  • Lisa Ross
    (Parent / Community)
  • Lindsay Russell
    (Teacher / CHAT Member)
  • Karen Sammons 
  • Megan Schwab
    (Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent)
  • Gary Suchocki
  • Tricia Tommer
    (Parent / Community)
  • Bryan Voit
    (Teacher / CHAT)
  • Dan Westfall
    (Parent / Community / Valley View Village Council)
  • Matt Young
    (Assistant Superintendent)
  • Jim Zurbola
    (Custodian Supervisor)