Before focusing on its agenda Tuesday, the Cleveland Board of Education paid tribute to CMSD's 2,930 volunteers.
It was part of National Volunteer Week, but Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon and the board made it clear that they appreciate the volunteers' efforts all year long. A number of volunteers attended a reception before the board met at East Tech High School and stayed for the recognition at the start of the meeting.
The District's volunteers include 2,046 individuals and 884 who are affiliated with 30 community organizations such as Junior Achievement, the True2U mentoring program for eighth-graders, Greater Cleveland Volunteers, the United Way, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and the Foster Grandparent Program. The number of community organizations is up from 21 last year.