Office of the Superintendent

March 30, 2020

Dear Families,

In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s extension of the school closure, Cincinnati Public Schools’ buildings will remain closed through at least May 1, 2020.

However, teaching and learning will continue. We have been working for weeks to ensure that students can continue their studies remotely. We also are prepared to serve students who do not have access to technology or internet at home.

Our meal distribution program will continue, as well as the services we offer to students with special learning needs. A limited number of our School-Based Health Centers will remain open, and you can find a list of those locations on our website at cps-k12.org.

To keep students engaged in learning, we will launch our Remote Learning Plan for all students, grades preschool to 12. Included will be digital lessons, hard-copy Enrichment Learning Packets, resources for parents, tips for structuring the school day, and more. We also are exploring opportunities to broadcast academic lessons through cable partners to ensure that content gets to as many students as possible. We will be releasing more information about our Remote Learning Plan later this week.

As we navigate these challenging times, I remain hopeful. Our school family – including teachers, staff and community volunteers – has truly stepped up for our city’s young people. So far, we have given out more than 50,000 meals and countless hygiene kits. Our teachers are instructing from their homes and are reaching out to students without online access. It is clear that our passion for empowering the next generation of world leaders has only grown stronger.

I also am grateful to you, our parents and guardians. I know this hasn’t been easy. But I am hopeful today because I know that we can get through this together.

The challenge of educating more than 37,000 students without classrooms is momentous. But, I am confident that learning in Cincinnati Public Schools will continue. We are #CPSUnited, and we will come through this stronger than ever before.

Please continue to visit our website at cps-k12.org for important updates. We will have much more information to share in the weeks to come.


Laura Mitchell, Superintendent

Education Center · P.O. Box 5381 · Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381 · 513-363-0050 · Fax: 513-363-0060 · cps-k12.org

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Committees and Appointments

2020 Board Committees

2020 Board Committees and Organization Appointments – 1-page summary

2020 Committee Meeting Schedule – Revised February 25, 2020

Ad Hoc Committee

  • Melanie Bates
  • Pamela Bowers
  • Ryan Messer

Audit Committee  meets 4:30-6 p.m. Please see the 2020 Committee Meeting Schedule above for the specific dates.

Responsibilities: The role of the Audit Committee is to assist the Board of Education in ensuring that both external and internal audit functions and other accountability matters receive adequate oversight.

  • Jennifer Couser
  • Jim Crosset, CLM
  • Christine Fisher
  • David Foote, CPA
  • Thomas D. Heldman, CPA
  • Daniel E. Holthaus, CPA
  • Carol Lawrence
  • Clarice Warner
  • Eve Bolton, Chair (Finance Committee)
  • Melanie Bates (Finance Committee)
  • Ryan Messer (Finance Committee)

Finance Committee meets 1:30 p.m., third Thursday of the month

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

  • Chair: Eve Bolton
  • Melanie Bates
  • Ben Lindy

Health & Safety Committee  meets 11:30 a.m., third Thursday of the month

  • Chair: Melanie Bates
  • Eve Bolton
  • Ben Lindy

Policy Committee meets 3:30 p.m., first Friday of the month

Responsibilities: Review district policies and procedure revisions, and update in accordance with state law.

  • Chair: Mike Moroski
  • Pamela Bowers
  • Ryan Messer

Student Achievement Committee meets 2:00 p.m., first Friday of the month

Responsibilities: Review proposals and issues relating to the program of study, curriculum and instruction, and human resource issues.

  • Chair: Pamela Bowers
  • Ryan Messer
  • Mike Moroski

2020 Board Organization Appointments

Activities Beyond the Classroom (ABC) Foundation

  • Ryan Messer

Business Advisory Council

  • Ben Lindy

Cincinnati Recreation Commission

  • Melanie Bates

Council of Great City Schools

  • Melanie Bates

Ohio School Boards Association

  • Board of Trustees / Southwest Region Executive Committee — Carolyn Jones
  • Capital Conference Planning Committee — to be appointed by OSBA
  • Diversity and Inclusion Committee — to be appointed by OSBA
  • Federal Relations Network First Congressional District — Eve Bolton
  • Legislative Liaison — Ozie Davis, Mike Moroski
  • Urban School District Advisory Network — Eve Bolton

Preschool Expansion Partnership Committee

  • Pending decision

BOE contact info

Board of Education

Mail should be directed to:
Cincinnati Public Schools
Office of the Board Members
P.O. Box 5381
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381

Building Location:
2651 Burnet Avenue (45219)

Phyllis Davis
Board's administrative assistant
Phone: 513-363-0040     
Fax: 513-363-0035

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