Human Resources & Operations Update

Quarterly Newsletter - May 2019

Greeting from the Assistant Superintendent of HR and Operations, Dr. Paul Lombardo

Mission Statement: Supporting academic excellence through the recruiting, selection, development and retention of highly effective staff.

Dear Staff,

The school year is quickly coming to a close and we want to remind you of the district Staff Awards Banquet; it's shaping up to be a wonderful event that you won't want to miss! The Staff Recognition Committee is excited to include retirees this year with our celebration.


Tiger Nation Award winners will be recognized at the CH-UH Staff Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 30, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn in Mayfield Village (700 Beta Drive, Mayfield Village).

Tickets are $25 per person and include a buffet dinner, desserts, and a cash bar. Honorees will receive a free ticket for themselves. Honorees can purchase additional tickets for family members who wish to attend the banquet.

Click here to register and purchase tickets.

Health & Wellness

Healthy Tiger Nation

Mission Statement: To encourage and support the health and well-being of our Tiger Nation by promoting a healthier lifestyle long-term and making healthy living fun.

CH-UH encourages everyone to take advantage of the Healthy Tiger Nation events and offerings! For more information visit our website Healthy Tiger Nation.


The IMPACT Employee Assistance (EAP) & Work/Life Program is a benefit available to you and your family offering access to confidential, professional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. All IMPACT counselors are qualified masters/doctoral level professionals.

For more information please visit our website Employee Assistance Program.

Employee Access Center (EAC)

What can it do for me? EAC is a look into your Human Resources/Payroll profile. You have several links (located on the left after the login page) to choose from, including:

  • Demographic Information

  • Additional Information

  • Payroll Checks

  • Salary and Benefits

  • Leave Information

  • Print W-2’s

  • Tax Information

  • Deductions and Benefits

How do I login? Simply direct your web browser (at home or work) to:

  • Before logging in, set the District and Profile drop down menus to Cleveland Hts-Univ Hts CSD.

What’s my user name? Your user name is your CH-UH email address.

What’s my password? Your initial password is your last four (4) digits of your social security number. It is recommended after your first login, that you change your password.

Reminders - Please make sure your address and contact information are up to date.

Classified Staff


Every employee shall be evaluated, on a standard evaluation form, at least once each year. Evaluators should submit an evaluation form for each classified employee to Human Resources no later than June 1, 2019. Any questions concerning classified evaluations can be directed to Kia Preston.

Monitor Tentative Assignments:

A Notice of Tentative Assignments for 2019-2020 school year will be issued to Security Monitors on May 17, 2019. Tentative Assignment notices will indicate the number of hours and location assigned.

Reasonable Assurance:

All classified non-260-day employees slated to return for the 2019-2020 school year will receive a letter of Reasonable Assurance May 17, 2019. The Reasonable Assurance letter will indicate the assignment, number of hours and location of the assignment for the upcoming school year.

Incentive Dates:


4th quarter (March 18 to May 31) - June 21, 2019


3rd quarter (March 1 to May 31) - July 5, 2019

4th quarter (June 1 to August 31) - TBD


3rd quarter (March 1 to May 31) - July 5, 2019

4th quarter (June 1 to August 31) - TBD

Public School Works Compensation

The deadline for completion of Public School Works assignments was March 31, 2019. If you have yet to submit your Request for Compensation, please submit those to the Business Service Department for approval and processing.

Certificated Staff

Salary Reclassification

Please be aware the next salary reclassification due to additional coursework (e.g., moving from MA to MA+10) has a deadline of September 15, 2019. More information regarding Transcripts and Additional Training/Salary Schedule Placement can be found in Article 4, Section D of the 795 Negotiated Agreement.

Continuing Contract/Tenure

Certificated staff members who have earned and been granted continuing contract status for the 2019-2020 school year will be honored with small reception before the May 7, 2019 Board Meeting. The reception starts at 6:30 pm.

Tenure Recipients

  • Patricia Buckner - Noble Elementary School, School Counselor
  • Michelle Cecconi - Roxboro Middle School, School Psychologist
  • Cathy Doyle - Noble Elementary School, Fifth Grade Teacher
  • Jesse Lange - Cleveland Heights High School, Vocal Music Teacher
  • Suzanne Nelson - Roxboro Middle School, ELA-Grade 7 Teacher
  • Patricia Ochoa Jimenez - Roxboro Middle School, Spanish
  • Hannah Young - Canterbury Elementary School, Second Grade Teacher

License Renewal

Certificated staff members who have licenses expiring 6/30/2019 please keep in mind the LPDC meets once a month to review submissions. There are only two meetings remaining until 6/30/2019. The next meeting is tentatively scheduled May 22, 2019. Please visit the website for more information regarding renewal.

Important Dates

May 1

Completion of Observation Rubric by May 1

May 10

Determine holistic rating for each teacher and enter

Enter and verify each teacher’s local SGM

Complete final summative rating for each teacher

Business Services & Facilities

The following District projects were completed this past summer:

  • Monticello Masonry Repairs
  • Gearity Roof Repairs
  • Millikin Barn Roof Replacement
  • Upgrades Security Cameras at Millikin & BOE
  • Canterbury Masonry Repairs
  • Canterbury Monumental Sign
  • Oxford Playground
  • Noble Dumbwaiter (In progress)
  • Roxboro Tennis Courts

The Middle School renovations are in progress. Though you cannot see much when driving by Roxboro or Monticello, the construction company is very busy inside installing new HVAC systems, electrical panels, and wiring. The project is currently on schedule for completion in July 2019 and within budget.

The District currently has:

  • 829 New Maintenance request Work Orders
  • 111 New IT tickets
  • 400 Active Facility Events for November


Greetings, Tiger Nation, from the CH-UH Schools Transportation Department!

May 6th is School Bus Driver Appreciation Day!

This day is an opportunity for Ohioans to reflect upon the outstanding job performance of more than 15,000 school bus drivers who transport students to and from school and school-related events throughout the year.

Please take a moment to thank the men and women working in your transportation department for the efforts they make in keeping Ohio’s children safe each day.

Scheduling Field Trips

Please be aware the trip system is currently locked for the remainder of the school year! If you need to schedule an end of the year trip you must call transportation and check on bus availability.

Keep in mind when scheduling your trips, buses can depart no earlier than 9 am and must return to school no later than 2:30 pm school days. If you have a request that falls outside of these times please call us at 216-371-7195 so we can better prepare and provide the required level of service you need.

Trips to date:

  • We have serviced approximately 1,455 scheduled field trips since the start of the school year, with 45,764 attendees scheduled to participate. These trips accommodated students from our public schools as well as our non-public schools on educational, athletic or curriculum-based trips.

School Bus Stop Arm Passing Survey

On March 20th, 2019 our drivers participated in a Statewide School Bus Stop Arm Passing Survey. More than 159 school districts participated with reports from more than 3,730 drivers. There were 1,371 illegal stop arm passings reported. If all of the state's 15,000 drivers had reported, that number could be well over 5,000 violations.

Please remind your friends, neighbors and relatives it is illegal to pass a school bus while picking up or dropping off children at a stop.

Food Services

The dining services team is honored to serve the students, faculty, and staff throughout the 2018-2019 school year. We have many exciting programs planned for next school year in 2019-2020!

The 2018-2019 School Year offers Super Foods Promotions! Keep an eye out for Monthly Menu feature items:

  • March: Brown Rice
  • April: Oats
  • May: Broccoli

Special Events Around the District

On February 19th, Tiger Nation Celebrated Presidents Day. All elementary students enjoyed a Whole Grain Presidential Cookie Pack with their Lunch. It was great to see the students talk about the historical presidential faces on their special treat!

On April 7th, AVI Foodsystems partnered with Heights Schools Foundation to host the CH-UH 23rd Annual Community and Alumni Pancake Breakfast. It was a HUGE SUCCESS with almost 300 guests enjoying a hot breakfast and good company!

On May 3rd the Food Service Team hosts the CH-UH Hall of Fame Dinner at Heights High School. We look forward to honoring the distinguished guests and alumni of Heights High School.

Inclusion and Diversity:

AVI has partnered with the PTA Diversity and Inclusion Committee to provide nutrition education in our menus monthly in our Food Service Program.

In March, students enjoyed a 100% fruit sorbet-style dessert that was blue and yellow in honor of National Down Syndrome Day.

In April students enjoyed a BBQ style themed meal throughout the District to honor the Month of the Military Child.

Student Health and Wellness Committee: Searching for Volunteers!

The Board Policy 8510 recognizes that good nutrition and regular physical activity affect the health and well-being of the District's students. Furthermore, research suggests that there is a positive correlation between a student's health and well-being and his/her ability to learn.

Moreover, schools can play an important role in the developmental process by which students establish their health and nutrition habits by providing nutritious meals and snacks through the schools' meal programs, by supporting the development of good eating habits, and by promoting increased physical activity both in and out of school.

Schools alone, however, cannot develop in students healthy behaviors and habits with regard to eating and exercise. It will be necessary for not only the staff, but also parents and the public at large to be involved in a community-wide effort to promote, support, and model such healthy behaviors and habits.

If you are interested in joining a new initiative this school year regarding the Student Wellness Committee please email for further details.

Food Service Surveys are now Open!

Feedback is vital to our operation. We encourage all to participate in helping us continue a program that is healthy, exciting, and nutritious for our students, faculty, and staff. Please take our online survey. Your voice matters.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District participates not only in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) which offers Free Breakfast and Lunch to all Students regardless of eligibility. The District also participates in:

DOD Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Department of Defense) this program provides an opportunity to serve seasonal and local Fresh Fruits and Vegetables through the Breakfast and Lunch Program

After-School Snack Program which is a component of the National School Lunch Program

CACFP Program which is a federally funded, State-administered program that provides funding to child and adult care centers and homes that serve healthy meals and snacks.


The Food Service Team wishes you a safe fun filled summer! See you Next Year!

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Information Technology

Technology Updates

New Staff Laptops

Middle school teachers will be receiving new Dell Latitude 3390 laptops. We are excited to report that the new model is lighter, has a longer battery life, includes a backlit keyboard, and can convert into a tablet mode for portability around the classroom.

New Interactive SMART Boards in newly renovated middle schools

Middle school teachers will have new flat panel, interactive SMART Boards in their classrooms at Roxboro Middle and Monticello Middle Schools. On August 15, the staff will have designated PD time to learn about the new boards, SMART Learning Suite software, and how they can best integrate student devices. SMART Learning Suite’s newest features include quick customizable learning activities, formative assessments, YouTube content embedding, and math tools. A SMART Education Consultant will demonstrate how the SMART solution supports good teaching pedagogy to motivate teachers and inspire students.

Updates this summer

This summer CH-UH will be updating their bandwidth to a full 1.5 Gigs. This will help with the speed and access of all sites including streaming. Through Erate we have also purchased new servers for each building, cablings for the elementary schools, switches for the elementary schools, and new switches for the newly renovated middle schools.

Safety & Security

Summer Safety Tips

  • Tip #1: Know what drowning actually looks like.

    Drowning is the fifth-leading cause of unintentional injury death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Twenty percent of those drowning deaths involve children.

    It doesn't look like the movies. In most cases, people who are drowning won't be able to call out. Their body might not flop up and down and their mouth might bob above the surface. From a distance, they might appear to be safely treading water. But if they can't answer questions or if their eyes seem glassy or unfocused, they actually might be drowning. Inflatable baby pools, bathtubs and even deep buckets that a child could fall into also can be dangerous. Stay within an arm's reach of a child who can't swim.

  • Tip #2: You can actually fall off a bike.

    Helmets aren't just for kids on bikes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, bicycle helmets are 85 percent effective in reducing brain injuries. Unfortunately, only about 20 to 25 percent of all cyclists wear them.

    Fit is important. Never wear another hat under a bike helmet. It should be worn level and also cover the forehead. Think of the helmet like bangs – you don't want your forehead showing. Straps should always be fastened and snug enough so the helmet doesn't move when you do.

  • Tip #3: Don't leave kids or pets inside a car, even for just a few minutes.

    Each summer, about 36 kids across the country die from heat-related deaths after being left inside a hot car. Children are more sensitive to heat than adults, which means it doesn't take long for them to feel the effects of heat exhaustion. The effect is amplified in a car, which acts like a greenhouse, trapping sunlight and heat inside.

    Even on a mild, 80-degree day, a child's body temperature can reach as high as 106 degrees Fahrenheit in half an hour if left inside a car. Children's bodies can lose the ability to cool themselves at these temperatures, leading to dehydration, heat stroke, seizures and even death.

  • Tip #4: You shouldn't bake in the sun, and neither should your mayo.

    Follow this simple advice for avoiding food-borne illness: Make sure hot food stays hot (above 140 degrees Fahrenheit) and cold food stays cold (below 40 degrees Fahrenheit). When eating outside, use coolers or submerge foods in ice to keep them cold. When precooking food for the grill, don't stick it back in the refrigerator. Once you get to your event, heat the food immediately.

    But if you've gambled and lost on that potato salad, know that most episodes of food-borne illness last between 12 and 24 hours. If symptoms get worse or dehydration becomes a problem, seek out emergency care. In those instances, it's a good idea to report a case of suspected food poisoning.