Board Meeting Breakdown

The Euclid Board of Education met on December 14, 2022, in the Fordyce Administration Building Board Room at 7:00 pm.

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Board President Kathy DeAngelis, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

Four Board Members were present. Board Member Pamela Turos was not in attendance.

The Board reviewed and approved the agenda for the evening with the only amendment being the removal of one agenda item.

The Board Adopted the Minutes from the November 9th and 30th Board Meetings.

There were no Visitor Comments Relative to the Agenda.

Educational Options Center Recognitions and Presentations

  • Four outstanding Educational Options Center Students were recognized at the meeting for Student of the Month. These students were acknowledged for their leadership skills, excellent attendance and good grades. All of the students honored are engaged learners, hardworking and have great attitudes.

    • Deon T.

    • Remy J.

    • Armand C.

    • Damia C. 

  • Staff Member Jessica Johnson was recognized as Staff Members of the Month for her hard work and efficiency to help maintain the operations of the Options Center’s front office.

  • Teacher Kristina Hewis was recognized as Faculty Member of the Month for her hard work at the forefront and behind the scenes as the only counselor for the Educational Options building.                                                                                                                                                                 

  •  Mr. Djuan Johnson was recognized as Family Member of the Month. The father of a THRIVE Student, Mr. Johnson is an active parent in the THRIVE program and advocates for his daughter and other students.                                                                                                                              

  • Principal Jason Coleman continued the presentation by presenting about the brand new Memorial Options Center. During the presentation, Mr. Coleman presented about the many programs that are housed at the Options Center, including:

    • THRIVE

      • THRIVE is a program for 7th grade students with the goal of re-engaging students in their education through hands-on, collaborative learning with an emphasis on open-ended design, careers and real-world connections. Next year, THRIVE will be offered to both 7th and 8th grade students.

    • Panther Assist

      • Panther Asisst is a short-term placement for students based on needs such as injury or illness, behavior assistance or other adminsitrative placement.

    • Panther Academy

      • Panther Academy is a long-term placement for students that have been placed through their administrator. Panther Academy serves both Middle and High School students through a hybrid format while also working to offer support with social skills and behavior habits.

    • Euclid Virtual Learning Academy (EVLA)

      • EVLA is Euclid Schools’ online learning platform which supports 175 students in grades 1-12 through the Edgenuity Online curriculum. EVLA offers a flexible education option for students and families while still maintaining open communication between instructors, students and families.

    • Career Technical Programming

      • Home to the Urban Agriculture and Robotics and Automation career tech courses.

      • New 2023-24 School Year

        • Landscape Design

        • Hospitality and Retail

        • Environmental Services

        • PAES (Practical Assessment Exploration System)

          • Simulated Work Environment

          • Career-Focused and Life Skills

    • Counseling Services

      • The EVLA offers a variety of wrap around services through Euclid Schools staff and a partnership with Peter James Development. In particular, the counseling services help students build career ready habits, career awareness and soft skills while also helping with academic planning, graduation readiness and post-secondary planning.

    • Community Aspects

      • The Options Center also houses several programs for families and adults in Euclid.

      • Next School Year the Options Center will open a thrift store and a food pantry to help support Euclid families.

Reports and Recommendations of the Treasurer

  • This portion of the meeting covered the financial data of the district. Euclid Schools Treasurer Steve Vasek led the Board Members through District Financial Statements.

  • The Board approved the Financial Data and approved items involving transfers, securing funds from taxes and approving health care rates.

Reports and Recommendations of the Superintendent

  • Personnel

    • The Board approved changes to Administrative, Certified and Classified personnel in the form of resignations, terminations, retirements, permanent substitute appointments, non-teaching appointments, non-teaching assignments extra duty, athletic duty, athletic duty resignations

  • Contracts/Agreements

    • The Board approved an independent contract agreement with Stephen Eppich for Our Lady of the Lake to receive Algebra 1 services on an as-need basis. 

    • The Board approved a revised tuition agreement for the 2022-23 school year with other districts and agencies to provide services to Euclid students.

  • Miscellaneous

    • The Board approved a resolution to declare transportation impractical. This particular time the district will provide payment in lieu of two students.

Public Participation

  • There was no Public Participation

Superintendent’s Informal

  • Superintendent Papouras highlighted the fifth episode of The Panther Pawdcast where he sits down with four winter sports coaches. During the podcast Mr. Papouras and the coaches discussed their teams, athletes and seasons.The Panther Pawdcast’s fifth episode will stream Friday, December 16th on Spotify and Souncloud.

  • Superintendent Papouras discussed this month’s opening of NEON Health Panther Wellness Center. The Panther Wellness Center provides free health services to Euclid students.The program will tentatively expand to staff and faculty next year.

  • Mr. Papouras informed the Board that the Senior Prom is scheduled for April 28th at LaMalfa Party Center.

  • Superintendent Papouras was proud to announce that PTAs are running at every school. If you are interested in learning more about the PTAs, please contact your building principal for more information.  

  • Mr. Papouras also discussed the partnership with the Cleveland Browns Foundation and Harvard University to improve attendance within our district. He emphasized the importance of attendance as it correlates to graduation and how critical it is for students to attend school as the district prepares for holiday break and the new year.

Board Member’s Informal

  • Board Member Kelly expressed seasons greetings to all of our families. 

  • President DeAngelis noticed all the hard work staff have done to make sure our families have a nice holiday season. She gave kudos to all the staff members who have organized these events over the past few weeks.

New Business

  • The Board approved an addendum to Superintendent’s Employment Contract

  • The Board approved President Pro Tem nominating President DeAngelis for the January 2023 Organizational meeting

The Meeting adjourned at 8:03pm.