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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.

2023-24 BEST Committee Meeting Schedule:

Monday, September 18, 2023 6:00 p.m.
Monday, October 16, 2023 6:00 p.m.
Monday, November 13, 2023 6:00 p.m.
Monday, December 11, 2023 6:00 p.m.
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)
  • Lea Bacci
    (Parent / Community)
  • Michelle Bellanger
    (Parent / Community)
  • Kari Bozikis
    (Parent / Community)
  • George Burich
    (Director of Pupil Services & Assistant Principal 6-12)
  • Rick Centa
    (Cuyahoga Heights Village Council / Community)
  • Francis Connors
  • Patti Conte
    (Parent / Community / Staff Member)
  • Jen Deka
    (Parent / Community / BOE)
  • Scott DeTray
    (CHMS/CHHS Principal)
  • Mark Dobbins
  • Tom Evans
  • Lora Garrett
    (BEST Facilitator)
  • Paul Gillespie
    (Parent / Community)
  • Bailey Gwynn
  • Erin Harris
    (Parent / Community / CHASE Member)
  • Joy Houchen
    (CHES Principal)
  • Jennifer Jasany
  • Jay Keefer
    (CHES Interim Principal)
  • Ava Kmetz
  • Colleen Kmetz
  • Robert Moore (Director of Technology)
  • Amanda Mormile (Parent / Community)
  • Matt Muccio
  • Megan Neville
    (Teacher / CHAT Member)
  • Carolyn Pajestka
  • Nate Podoll
  • Jennifer Presot (Community / Brooklyn Heights Village Council)
  • Jim Rademaker
    (Teacher / CHAT Member)
  • Julie Regula
    (Career Specialist)
  • Cami Ross
    (Parent / Community)
  • Lisa Ross
    (Parent / Community)
  • Lindsay Russell
    (Teacher / CHAT Member)
  • Karen Sammons 
  • Megan Schwab
    (Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent)
  • Gavin Skuhrovec
  • Gary Suchocki
  • Tricia Tommer
    (Parent / Community)
  • Dan Westfall
    (Parent / Community / Valley View Village Council)
  • Matt Young
    (Assistant Superintendent)
  • Jim Zurbola
    (Custodian Supervisor)