Chief Executive Officer, East Cleveland City Schools

Cleveland, OH 44112

Posted: 12/26/2018 Industry: Education Job Number: 16

 

Our client, The East Cleveland City School District Academic Distress Commission, is seeking an individual with the experience, background, skills and qualifications to become the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the East Cleveland City School District. The CEO will be appointed by an academic distress commission pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 3302.10.

Background

According to data submitted by East Cleveland City School District, the number of students attending schools operated by the East Cleveland City School District has declined over the last six years – enrollment in 2014 was 2,464, compared to 2,122 students enrolled in the 2017-2018 school year.

Of the students enrolled in the six schools in East Cleveland City School District, 99.2 percent are African American; 97.4 percent are identified as economically disadvantaged; and 27.9 percent are identified as students with disabilities. Of the students who are eligible to attend East Cleveland City School District, 48.53 percent attend schools in the district. Of the remaining 51.47 percent, 21.21 percent of students travel to neighboring districts for their education. 25.13 percent attend community schools, and 5.13 percent are taking advantage of one of the state’s scholarship opportunities to attend private schools.

Students benefit from several academic initiatives, as well as career and technical programs as outlined in the East Cleveland City School District Quality Profile.

Despite the many positive developments in East Cleveland City School District, in October 2018, members were appointed to an academic distress commission to oversee the district’s transformation to a high-performing district. Based on Ohio law (House Bill 70), the East Cleveland Academic Distress Commission is a joint school district and state panel that has been given broad powers to oversee the district. The East Cleveland Academic Distress Commission consists of five members as follows:

(a) Three members appointed by the state superintendent, one of whom is a resident in the county in which a majority of the district's territory is located;

(b) One member appointed by the president of the district board of education, who shall be a teacher employed by the district;

(c) One member appointed by the mayor of the municipality in which a majority of the district's territory is located or, if no such municipality exists, by the mayor of a municipality selected by the state superintendent in which the district has territory.

 

The current members of the East Cleveland Academic Distress Commission are as follows:

1. Dr. Tachelle Banks, state superintendent appointee;

2. Karen Winston-Carpenter, board of education appointee;

3. Belinda Kyle, mayor’s appointee;

4. Dr. Michael Schoop (Vice Chair), state superintendent appointee;

5. Reverend Stanley Miller (Chair), state superintendent appointee.

 

The East Cleveland Academic Distress Commission, in consultation with the chief executive officer, is responsible for expanding high-quality school choice options in the district, including a “high-quality school accelerator” (either operated by the district or a third party).

The district currently is managed by a superintendent, whose role will change dramatically with the appointment of a CEO. Information on the qualifications and expectations for the CEO are outlined later in this document. The district had a total budget of approximately $53.4 million for the 2017-2018 school year. More than 64 percent of its revenue came from the state, with local funds making up the second highest percentage. East Cleveland City School District also has an elected board of education, which serves, in this new governance structure, as a representative body for the community.

District Profile

East Cleveland City School District is located in Cuyahoga County. According to the United States Census Bureau, the estimated population of East Cleveland City, as of July 1, 2015, was 17,3442, which represents a 2.8 percent decrease in population since the 2010 Census. Approximately 78.2 percent of the population graduated from high school. The median household income in East Cleveland City is $20,660, with 42.1 percent of the population living below the poverty line. In comparison, the median household income in Ohio is $48,849, with 15.9 percent living below the poverty line. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the April 2016 unemployment rate (not seasonally adjusted) for Cuyahoga County (not seasonally adjusted) was 5 percent, compared to 5.2 percent for Ohio (seasonally adjusted).

The average teacher salary in East Cleveland City School District increased from the 2011-2012 school year to the 2013-2014 school year but declined over the most recent academic year. At the same time, the percentage of courses taught by highly qualified teachers has declined. Teacher attendance has declined in the most recent year as has the percentage of teachers with advanced degrees.

The racial makeup of the city of East Cleveland is 5.5 percent Caucasian, 90.6 percent African American, 2.4 percent Hispanic, 0.2 percent Asian, 0.2 percent American Indian or Alaska Native, 1 percent multiracial and 0.2 percent other races. Approximately 96 percent of students are African American, which represents a decrease from the 2009-2010 school year when African American students made up about 99 percent of students. During that same period, the percentage of students identified as multiracial increased from about 0.6 percent to approximately 3.2 percent. During the same time period, no other racial subgroups made up more than 0.5 percent of the student population.

According to data submitted by the district, the number of students attending schools operated by the East Cleveland City School District is on the decline. Over the last six years, the district’s enrollment decreased by approximately 28.6 percent.

The district currently is reporting 100 percent of its students as being economically disadvantaged. This is because the district is participating in the Community Eligibility Option program, which requires this reporting in order to provide free lunches to all students, regardless of income. Because of the coding for this special program, we do not know how many students truly meet the definition of economically disadvantaged.

In terms of other student groups, students identified as having individualized education programs (IEP) increased 5.2 percentage points between 2009-2010 and 2014-2015. The percentage of students identified as gifted increased by 0.9 percentage points.

Almost four out of every 10 children who live in the East Cleveland City School District choose to attend schools outside of the district. Approximately 6 percent travel to neighboring districts for their education. Almost one in four attend community schools, and approximately 7 percent are taking advantage of one of the state’s scholarship opportunities to attend private schools.

CEO POSITION RESPONSIBILITIES

From House Bill 70:

“Within sixty days after the state superintendent has designated a chairperson for the academic distress commission, the commission shall appoint a chief executive officer for the district, who shall be paid by the department of education and shall serve at the pleasure of the commission. The individual appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) shall have high- level management experience in the public or private sector. The CEO shall exercise complete operational, managerial, and instructional control of the district, which shall include, but shall not be limited to, the following powers and duties, but the chief executive officer may delegate, in writing, specific powers or duties to the district board or district superintendent:

(a) Replacing school administrators and central office staff;

(b) Assigning employees to schools and approving transfers;

(c) Hiring new employees;

(d) Defining employee responsibilities and job descriptions;

(e) Establishing employee compensation;

(f) Allocating teacher class loads;

(g) Conducting employee evaluations;

(h) Making reductions in staff under section 3319.17, 3319.171, or 3319.172 of the Revised Code;

(i) Setting the school calendar;

(j) Creating a budget for the district;

(k) Contracting for services for the district;

(l) Modifying policies and procedures established by the district board;

(m) Establishing grade configurations of schools;

(n) Determining the school curriculum;

(o) Selecting instructional materials and assessments;

(p) Setting class sizes;

(q) Providing for staff professional development.

 

Specific responsibilities are as follows:

1. Academic Plan: The CEO shall create a plan to improve the district's academic performance, with the following elements:

Consultation with several mandated community groups and stakeholders;

Consideration of the availability of funding to ensure sustainability of the plan;

Clear, measurable performance goals for the district and for each school operated by the district that will include performance measures prescribed for report cards issued under section 3302.03 of the Revised Code;

Within 90 days after appointment, the CEO must submit the plan to the East Cleveland Academic Distress Commission for approval and, within 30 days after submission, the East Cleveland Academic Distress Commission must approve the plan or suggest modifications to the plan that will render it acceptable.

2. Community Engagement Groups: The CEO shall convene groups of community stakeholders:

Within 30 days after appointment, the CEO must convene a district-level group that should include educators, civic and business leaders, and representatives of institutions of higher education and government service agencies. The group’s purpose is to develop expectations for academic improvement in the district and to assist the district in building relationships with organizations in the community that can provide needed services to students;

School based community groups also must be convened within 90 days after appointment. Each school will have a community group, which will include among its members both teachers employed in the school and parents of students enrolled in the school.

3. District Improvement Plans: Annually, the CEO shall implement improvement plans:

Improvement plans will address key concerns, deficiencies and outcomes and incorporate modifications approved by the East Cleveland Academic Distress Commission.

4. Innovative Education Programs: The CEO may implement innovative education programs to do any of the following, the funding for which will come from a separate fund to support education programs:

Address the physical and mental well-being of students and their families;

• Provide mentoring;

• Provide job resources;

• Disseminate higher education information;

Offer recreational or cultural activities;

• Provide any other services that will contribute to a successful learning environment.

5. Reconstitute schools: The CEO may reconstitute schools through plans that outline the following:

Change the mission of the school or focus of its curriculum;

• Replace the school's principal and/or administrative staff;

• Replace a majority of the school's staff, including teaching and non-teaching employees;

Contract with a non-profit or for-profit entity to manage the operations of the school;

Reopen the school as a community school under Chapter 3314 of the Revised Code or a science, technology, engineering and mathematics school under Chapter 3326 of the Revised Code;

• Permanently close the school.

All qualified candidates may submit materials to johna@worldbridgepartners.com.

Additional Information can be found here:

East Cleveland City School District Website

East Cleveland City School District Quality Profile

East Cleveland City School District Review Report (April 2016)

 

 

 

John Assunto
Managing Partner

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