Monday, December 10, 2012
Beachwood City Schools Superintendent recommends that the district not suspend the program in 2014.
Beachwood City Schools halted immediate plans to end their administration of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Consortium Program at Monday's meeting. "In the absence of an immediate, viable replacement for the Beachwood D/HH Consortium Program, we suspend our earlier plans to recommend the termination of Beachwood's role as manager and fiscal agent" of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consortium Program at the end of the 2013-2014 school year, Superintendent Rich Markwardt recommended to the Board. "We wanted to see that anywhere the students landed would be as good as better than what we currently offer, and we didn’t find it," Markwardt said. The 50 or so community members in the room followed the announcement with a smattering of applause and …
Friday, November 2, 2012
Judge reverses own decision, throwing both teams out of the playoffs once again.
Beachwood's and Cleveland Heights' varsity football teams will not play in the state playoffs this weekend after a Cuyahoga County judge vacated his own ruling this afternoon. The Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District filed a motion for a temporary restraining order against the Ohio High School Athletic Association this week, challenging a JFK forfeit to John Adams that was not observed in the final rankings. The OHSAA denied the Tigers’ initial appeal to them. Judge Richard McMonagle granted CH-UH the restraining order against the OHSAA, prohibiting the OSHAA from enforcing its decision discount the forfeit. Once the OHSAA was forced to count the forfeiture, it trickled through the rankings in Divisions I and IV, bumping …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Beachwood Board of Education responded to a request that a separate task force be formed to evaluate the future of the program.
The Beachwood Board of Education responded to parents and supporters of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Consortium program about its future at Monday’s meeting. The consortium, whose program is administered by Beachwood City Schools, is comprised of 29 school districts, including Shaker Heights, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Twinsburg, Solon and Mayfield Heights. Supporters have gathered over 400 signatures on a petition asking the board to form a task force to evaluate the future of the program after it was brought to light that the district is considering pulling out at program administrator. “As arrogant as it sounds … we are frequently asked to do things by committee and we don’t want to have a paralysis by committee,” said Board …
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Group of 14 parents and supporters send letter to Board of Education
A group of concerned alum, parents and community members have asked the Beachwood Board of Education to appoint a task force to evaluate the Deaf/Hard of Hearing Program at Beachwood City Schools. The group includes Kenneth Bains, the parent of one of the program's alumni; Pam Broski, an alum; and several other alum, current parents and supporters. The district, which administers the program that serves 29 school districts and 25 students, said earlier this month that it intends to reevaluate the program due to falling enrollment numbers and rising costs of the program. Read the full letter above.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Parents and community members attended the Beachwood Board of Education meeting tonight to voice support of the program, which serves students in 29 districts.
Parents and community members attended the Beachwood City Schools Board of Education meeting Monday to voice support of the deaf and hard of hearing program the district administers. Last week it was put in writing that the district is considering pulling out as the program’s fiscal officer in 2014 when a union contract was approved for educational interpreters that lasted two years, instead of three like the district’s teachers' union* contract. Our Facebook fans heard this first. Currently the program serves 25 students from a consortium of 29 public school districts, including Beachwood, Cleveland Heights-University Heights, Mayfield, Mentor, Shaker Heights, Solon and Twinsburg. Enrollment is down and the program’s costs per student – …