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).

Communication and reports regarding SCPA

Board Policies

2015 Board of Education

PresidentAlexander Kuhns *
Vice President
-  Ericka Copeland-Dansby #     

CPS’ Board Elects Graduates as Officers for 2015 (news release)         

Members —

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

Board’s Vision, Mission and Strategic Goals


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


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

Strategic Goals

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.
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.
Ensure that all operations, and resources of every type, are equitably distributed, and singularly and systemically focused on high academic achievement for all students.
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.
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

2015 Board Committees

2015 Board Committees and Appointments
2015 Board Committees Meeting Schedule  Meeting times and dates subject to change.

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

  • Eve Bolton, chair
  • Melanie Bates
  • 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.

  • Ericka Copeland-Dansby, chair
  • Daniel Minera
  • Chris Nelms

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

  • Elisa Hoffman, chair
  • Eve Bolton
  • Chris Nelms

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

  • Melanie Bates, chair
  • Elisa Hoffman
  • Daniel Minera

2015 Board Organization Appointments

Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) Foundation
Alex Kuhns
Ericka Copeland-Dansby

Cheviot Tax Review Council
Melanie Bates

Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Chris Nelms

Council of the Great City Schools
Melanie Bates

Discipline Committee
Daniel Minera
Ericka Copeland-Dansby

Early Childhood Policy Committee
Alex Kuhns

Family and Civic Engagement Committee
Daniel Minera

Ohio School Boards Association

  • Board of Trustees -  Chris Nelms
  • Legislative Liaison - Alex Kuhns
  • Southwest Region Executive Committee - Chris Nelms
  • Urban School District Advisory Network - Eve Bolton 

Operating Protocol
Family and Civic Engagement