CMSD Board of Education
Cleveland’s current school governance structure was created by Ohio House Bill 269 in 1997, and took effect September 9, 1998. The Board of Education is made up of nine voting members appointed by the Mayor of Cleveland from a slate of nominees selected by a local nominating panel, established under State law. At least four of the nine members must have significant expertise in either education, finance, or business management. Board members must be residents of the School District, and at least one of the nine members must reside in that part of the School District that is outside the City of Cleveland (Bratenahl, Linndale, Newburgh Heights, and parts of Brook Park and Garfield Heights).
State law also provides that the presidents of Cleveland State University and Cuyahoga Community College serve as nonvoting ex officio members of the Board.
The Board of Education functions as the governing body of the School District. Board responsibilities include: hiring the School District Chief Executive Officer (with the concurrence of the Mayor); setting School District policy; approving the School District budget; establishing goals and accountability standards; and promoting parent, family, and community involvement in the schools.
What it means to serve
The Board of Education meetings are held on two Tuesdays each month at 6:30pm. The first meeting of each month is a work session, held at the Board of Education Administration Building, 1111 Superior Avenue E, Cleveland, and devoted primarily to information gathering, discussion and deliberation on issues or topics for future Board business meetings. The second meeting of each month is a business meeting, held at various schools throughout the School District, and devoted primarily with the consideration of and voting on Board resolutions. During the Coronavirus pandemic, the meetings will be conducted remotely utilizing video conferencing technology. Information will be posted on the District homepage and the Board calendar with a link and access for video and audio.
Parents and the community are encouraged to attend Board meetings. In addition to conducting the business of the School District at these meetings, the Board also provides for public participation (at Board business meetings) in order to hear community concerns, and recognizes the achievements of our students and staff, and the contributions of our community partners. The Board also holds a number of Community Forums throughout the year on policy issues of interest to the community.
If you have any comments, questions or concerns about the School District, you may contact the Board Office at (216) 838-0030 or email the Office staff below. The Board members are here to serve our children and their families.Kevin Burtzlaff, Board Attorney and LiaisonEMAIL | 216.838.0032Karlea Steele, Executive AssistantEMAIL | 216.838.0030
Board Awards Diplomas to Veterans of World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War
State law allows boards of education to award high school diplomas to any World War II, Korean War or Vietnam War veteran, who is an Ohio resident, or who was previously enrolled in any high school in Ohio, if all of the following apply:
- The veteran left a public or nonpublic school in any state prior to graduation in order to serve in the Armed Forces of the United States, or left school due to family circumstances and subsequently entered the Armed Forces of the United States;
- The veteran received an honorable discharge from the Armed Forces of the United States;
- The veteran has not previously been granted a high school diploma.
If a veteran who would otherwise qualify for a diploma under this law is deceased, a board of education may award such diploma posthumously and may present that diploma to a living relative of the veteran.
The Board of Education of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District has been proud to award diplomas to many eligible veterans and their families. Interested veterans or their family members can contact the Board of Education at 216-838-0030 for more information.
Board of EducationAdministration Building1111 Superior Ave E, Suite 1800Cleveland, Ohio 44114Phone: (216) 838-0030 Fax: (216) 436-5078