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2018-08-09 / Front Page

Cleve Hill Board of Education approves two new policies

by EMILY LOSITO
Reporter

The Cleveland Hill Board of Education approved two new policies last week that will affect district students.

One of the new policies is titled “Participation in Graduation Ceremonies and Activities.”

District Superintendent Jon MacSwan said this policy came about because of changes to credentials and requirements the state made for students to walk the stage.

“Now [the state] has different endorsements that students can earn through individualized programs,” Mac- Swan said. “They can earn a [Career and Technical Education] endorsement to show they have completed training in a certain school.”

Students are able to, but not required to, participate in graduation ceremonies and activities if they earn a Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential or a Career Development and Occupational Studies, according to documents submitted by the district.

David Evans, the district’s assistant superintendent of pupil personnel, expanded on the new policy.

“It’s for students who were unable to attain a regular diploma,” Evans said. “It’s actually in cooperation with the Department of Labor. It essentially says to future employers that [students] have the basic employable skills.”

Evans said the certification requires 216 hours of classwork that revolve around those careers, such as business and technical classes. To graduate with the certification, a student is also required to complete 50 hours of district-supervised internship.

“It’s really about career readiness for entry level employment,” Evans said.

The second new policy approved during the meeting was one that affects students in temporary housing.

According to documents submitted by the district, this policy pertains to students classified as homeless, as unaccompanied youth, as migratory or displaced.

“It doesn’t change any current practices. It’s just more of an alignment so that [students who qualify] are all in one place under [the policy],” MacSwan said.

Evans added that the new policy helps achieve education stability.

“If a student becomes homeless ... as long as they’re temporarily living within 50 miles of Cleveland Hill [schools], the parents can opt to continue having their children go to Cleve Hill, and we bus them,” Evans said. “[Parents] can opt to have their children attend where they now reside until they get into permanent housing.”

MacSwan said the Cleveland Hill School District has several students who fall under one or more of the categories.

In other matters, the district’s final tax rate was approved at $26.89 per $1,000 of assessed value, according to the newly appointed Cleveland Hill business administrator, Carolyn Robertson.

This compares to a 2017-18 tax rate of $26.55 per $1,000 of assessed value, according to Robertson. This is a 34-cent difference.

The Cleveland Hill district’s final tax levy was approved at $12.54 million. Robertson said there was no change from the proposed levy earlier this year.

She said the total budget for the 2018-19 year is $32.88 million.

During the meeting, Robertson said the equalization rate for the Cleveland Hill School District dropped from 100 percent to 93 percent for the 2018-19 year.

She said the rate changes from year to year and is set by the state in order to have fair value of assessed property.

The next Cleveland Hill Board of Education meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the district community room at 105 Mapleview Road.

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