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“Applications will be accepted from now until 3/1/2013 for an appointment to a seat on the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Board of Education. This appointment is to a term ending 6/30/2015.” 

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To be considered, applicants must be residents of the Cleveland
Metropolitan School District. Interested parties can mail their applications
to the Nominating Panel at 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227, Cleveland,
Ohio 44114, attention Monyka Price or drop off applications at City Hall,
Room 227. Applications must be turned in by close of business Friday,
March 1, 2013.
To obtain an application please visit www.city.cleveland.oh.us, www.cpl.org,
and www.cmsdnet.net or contact City of Cleveland, Chief of Education
Monyka Price at 216-420-8087 for more information. Applications can also
be found at branches of the Cleveland Public Library and City of Cleveland
Recreation Centers.
Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) Board of Education
Appointment Process
What is the Board of Education?
The Board of Education serves as the governing body of the Cleveland Municipal
School District. The Board, with the concurrence of the Mayor, appoints the Chief
Executive Officer of the School District. Other Board responsibilities include:
• setting School District policy,
• approving the School District budget,
• establishing School District goals and accountability standards, and
• promoting parent, family and community involvement in the schools.
This is a unique governance structure, as all other school districts in Ohio elect
members to their boards of education.
What is the CMSD Nominating Panel and how are members selected?
The Cleveland Municipal School District Nominating Panel was created as a part of
Ohio House Bill 269, which established the Mayor-Appointed Board governance
structure in 1998. The Nominating Panel is charged with nominating a slate of
persons for each Board of Education vacancy. The Mayor may only select from
persons nominated by the Nominating Panel in making his appointments to the
Board of Education.
The Nominating Panel is made up of eleven volunteer members selected as follows:
• Three members are parents or guardians of children attending the Cleveland
Metropolitan Schools, who are appointed by the School District’s Parent
Teacher Association, or a similar organization.
• Three members are appointed by the Mayor.
• One person is appointed by the President of Cleveland City Council
• One teacher is appointed by the collective bargaining representative of the
Cleveland Teachers Union.
• One principal is appointed through a vote of CMSD’s Principals.
• One representative of the business community is appointed by an
organized collective business entity selected by the Mayor, currently the
Greater Cleveland Partnership.
• One president of a public or private institution of higher education located
within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is appointed by the
State Superintendent of Public Instruction
How many Board of Education members are appointed by the Mayor, and
how are they sworn in?
Under Ohio law, nine members of the Board of Education of the Cleveland
Metropolitan School District are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland.
However, the oath of office can be administered by any of the following people:
• any elected official in the City of Cleveland;
• the Board of Education Chair;
• the CMSD Chief Financial Officer; or
• any attorney or notary public in Ohio.
How are School Board vacancy applications processed?
All Board vacancy applications are submitted to the Mayor’s Chief of Education and
can be found on the City’s website (www.city.cleveland.oh.us/CityofCleveland/),
CMSD’s website (www.cmsdnet.net) or the Cleveland Public Library website
(www.cpl.org). The Chief of Education then forwards all applications to the communitybased
Nominating Panel members. Thereafter, the Mayor can appoint persons from a
slate of nominees recommended to him by the Nominating Panel.
How long is a Board of Education member’s term?
Board of Education members serve four-year terms.
Who is in charge of the School District?
CMSD’s Chief Executive Officer runs the School District and the Mayor of th

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