Board of Education

The Cincinnati Board of Education is the governing body for the Cincinnati Public School District.

The Board is comprised of seven people elected at large by voters to four-year terms. The Board elects its president and vice president annually from among its members at the organizational meeting (usually, the first Monday in January).

Board Policies

Operating Protocol
Legislative Priorities

Family and Civic Engagement

2014 Board of Education

PresidentEve Bolton *
Vice President
- A. Chris Nelms *

Members —

 * Term expires December 31, 2015
 # Term expires December 31, 2017

Board’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals 2014

Vision

Cincinnati Public Schools will be a community that ensures equitable access to a world-class education, unleashing the potential of every student.

Mission

We educate all students with rigor and care in a culture of excellence to develop engaged citizens who are prepared for life.

Strategic Goals

GREAT COMMUNITIES
Cultivate a robust and inclusive network of engaged parents, community and other stakeholders that works together to build safe, vibrant schools at the center of safe, vibrant communities.
GREAT LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Support the creation of highly engaging learning environments in which every child, every day, engages in an ideal balance between rigorous learning opportunities relevant to our dynamic world, and, at the same time, enjoys the focused concern of caring adults.
GREAT SYSTEMS
Ensure that all operations, and resources of every type, are equitably distributed, and singularly and systemically focused on high academic achievement for all students.
GREAT LEARNING CHOICES
Provide for expanded learning opportunities and choices for all students that reflect a shared concern for the whole child and demonstrate appreciation for every student as a unique individual.
GREAT PEOPLE
Enable the recruitment, growth, and advancement of distinguished professionals committed to serving diverse students with a high regard for equity, and in a manner characterized by rigor, innovation, and accountability.

Vision, Mission, Strategic Goals - Board Resolution 5/19/14 (PDF)
Vision, Mission, Strategic Goals - Graphic (PDF)

Committees and Appointments

2014 Board Committees

Finance Committee
Responsibilities: all budget matters, capital and federal program expenditures and income, financial projections, treasurer’s evaluation, legislative goals and annual audit review.

  • Melanie Bates, chair
  • Eve Bolton
  • Ericka Copeland-Dansby

Partnership/Public Engagement Committee
Responsibilities: facilitate communication between school district and the community, review legislative agenda and serve as liaison with legislative bodies.

  • Alexander P. Kuhns, chair
  • Ericka Copeland-Dansby
  • Daniel Minera

Policy Committee
Responsibilities: review district policy and procedure revisions and update in accordance with state law.

  • A. Chris Nelms, chair 
  • Melanie Bates
  • Elisa Hoffman

Student Achievement Committee
Responsibilities: review proposals and issues relating to the program of study, curriculum and instruction, and human resource issues.

  • Alexander P. Kuhns, chair
  • Elisa Hoffman
  • Daniel Minera

2014 Board Organization Appointments

Art Advisory Board
Elisa Hoffman

Cheviot Tax Review Council
Melanie Bates

Cincinnati Recreation Commission
A. Chris Nelms, Daniel Minera

Council of the Great City Schools
Alexander Kuhns, Melanie Bates

Ohio School Boards Association

  • Board of Trustees - A. Chris Nelms, Eve Bolton
  • Legislative Liaison - Eve Bolton
  • Southwest Region Executive Committee - A. Chris Nelms, Eve Bolton
  • Urban Commission - Alexander Kuhns, Daniel Minera 

Activities Beyond the Classroom Foundation (ABC Foundation)
(formerly, the Student Activities Foundation)
A. Chris Nelms, Ericka Copeland-Dansby