Friday, March 1, 2013
Brecksville-Broadview Heights district officials present the proposed changes to how schools are graded — and how teachers are evaluated.
Just as the ink was drying on the Brecksville-Broadview Heights School District's official “Excellent With Distinction” recognition on the annual report card, lawmakers in Columbus are planning to restructure the process. Carla Calevich, the district’s director of curriculum and instruction, told the board of education about the new legislation at Monday night’s meeting. House Bill 555 will require a new report card for all districts and schools in Ohio. And instead of categories such as “excellent” and “continuous improvement,” it will be a straight letter grade. It looks as if the district would have gotten an “A” for the 2011-12 school year if the new report cards would've been issued. “Some aspects are already in effect,” said …
Thursday, February 28, 2013
School and district report cards are usually released at the beginning of the school year, but that timeline has been pushed back while the state auditor investigates whether some districts manipulated attendance data.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools’ 'Excellent With Distinction' rating with the Ohio Department of Education is now official, with Wednesday's release of the state's district report cards. Click the PDF at the right to see the full report card. School and district report cards are usually released at the beginning of the school year, but that timeline has been pushed back while the state auditor investigates whether some districts manipulated attendance data. Those nine districts identified as "scrubbing" attendance scores have watermarks on their report cards indicating that the scores could change pending the state auditor's investigation, the department reports. Some preliminary data — without the ratings — was released in …
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
New language included in the contract with the Brecksville Education Association that allows for “flexible schedule provisions.”
Both the Brecksville teachers union and the school board understand that “from time to time” certain circumstances come up where teachers need to adjust their starting and ending times. On Monday night, the Brecksville-Broadview Board of Education approved a measure to include language that makes that official. The measure points out that sometimes it’s necessary to change the start and end times of teachers. It goes on to note that when those instances arise, “upon the mutual agreement between the teacher and the building administrator” the times may be adjusted. However, the amended Negotiated Agreement notes that the arrangement must still conform with an eight-hour workday. In August, the district and the teachers' union agreed to a …
Friday, February 1, 2013
The renewal wouldn’t raise taxes.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education voted to put a 7.4-mill renewal levy on the ballot this May during its meeting on Monday. This was the final step for the board to put the renewal levy on the May 7 ballot, board President David Tryon said in an email. According to a press release from the district, the levy was first passed in 1988 and brings in about $4.8 million a year. Passage of the renewal would not raise taxes, but rather, keep taxes at their current level. This renewal levy is being placed on the ballot as a continuing levy. That means that if it is passed, taxpayers will continue to pay that millage in the future, but the levy would not be placed on the ballot again. Currently, this levy comes up for renewal …
Friday, January 18, 2013
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights schools already have a number of the recommendations in place, officials say.
President Barack Obama presented a sweeping set of gun control recommendations on Wednesday, with many focused directly on increasing safety measures in schools. According to the Politics K-12 blog, the proposals signal a shift in federal priorities—the proposals ask for increases in school safety and mental health counseling funding, areas the administration has sought to cut in the budget in recent years. Check out the Politics K-12 post for a more in-depth look at the proposals, which includes creating model emergency response plans for institutions like schools and providing $50 million for training for professionals like social workers and counselors who plan to work with young adults. The full text of the plan can also be found on …
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
The levy has been in place since 1988.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education took the first step toward putting a renewal levy on the May ballot on Monday. According to a press release from the district, the board voted to approve the first of two required resolutions to put the levy on the May 7 ballot during its meeting on Monday. The 7.4-mill levy was first passed in 1988 and brings in about $4.8 million each year. Renewal levies do not raise taxes. In the current resolution, the levy would appear on the ballot as a continuing levy. That means that it would become permanent if passed by voters. Currently, the levy comes up for renewal every five years. District treasurer/chief financial officer Rick Berdine said the levy makes up about 11 percent of the …
Monday, November 26, 2012
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The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday in the district’s Education Center. Here’s a quick look at what’s on the agenda: The full agenda can be found on the district’s website.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
Catch up on the news this week.
If you missed a story or two this week, don’t worry—you can catch up quickly by checking out the summaries below.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
The district’s latest five-year forecast still projects that the district will be out of money by fiscal year 2016.
The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education approved its latest five-year financial forecast on Monday, and the news is good, but not great, for the district. The good news? The forecast reflects changes the district has made through its latest teachers and staff union contracts. The decreased spending due to salary freezes and other measures means that the district won’t have a negative cash balance as soon as it thought. But the district still expects to spend more than it brings in each year of the forecast, and Treasurer/Chief Financial Officer Rick Berdine thinks the district will have a negative cash balance—or be out of money—by fiscal year 2016, which begins on July 1, 2015. This is an improvement from May’s forecast, …
Monday, October 22, 2012
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The Brecksville-Broadview Heights Board of Education will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday in the district’s education center. Here’s a quick look at some of the items on the agenda. For more information about each, visit the district’s website. The full agenda can be found on the district’s website.