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    The following is a public statement that I and 15 Superintendents in our First Ring Schools Collaborative of districts around Cleveland feel is necessary to make regarding the injustices that have occurred and continue to occur across our Country and our commitment to ALL do better.  I stand firmly behind these commitments and I hope you will do the same.

    -Dr. Charles T. Keenan, Superintendent





    June 2, 2020

    A collective of superintendents that serve communities that border Cleveland, Ohio, the First Ring Schools Collaborative seeks to improve the education of our students so that they can experience life-long success.  We draw on our collective strength to collaborate, problem-solve and advocate for our school communities.

    Recent events in America have been a devastating reminder of the obstacles that our students, particularly our African American students, face.  Acts of violence against George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor underscore the intransigent problem of race and discrimination that continue to cripple the progress and spirit of our country. 

    We condemn these acts and join the chorus of voices across the public and private sector that are demanding systemic change to address the brutal acts of violence against Black and Brown people in America.  Each of these acts is an assault not only on the individuals, their families and communities, they are also an assault on the soul of our country and the ideals that we seek to instill in our students.  Our hearts weep for the families of the victims.  Our hearts are heavy knowing that our students are profoundly affected by what we are all experiencing.

    The First Ring Schools Collaborative remains committed to ensuring that barriers are eliminated in order to assure all of our students receive the resources and support that they need to succeed at the highest levels as they matriculate through our school systems. We will continue to work in concert to identify and dismantle systems in Ohio that are an obstacle to our students' success.

    Advancing Education Together,
    Tracy Wheeler, Superintendent, Berea City Schools
    Andrea Celico, Superintendent, Bedford City Schools
    ark Gleichauf, Superintendent, Brooklyn City Schools
    Liz Kirby, Superintendent, Cleveland Heights University Heights City Schools
    Eric Gordon, Superintendent, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    Tom Evans, Superintendent, Cuyahoga Heights City Schools
    Christopher Papouras, Superintendent, Euclid City Schools
    Bill Wagner, Superintendent, Fairview Park City Schools
    Chris Hanke, Superintendent, Garfield Heights City Schools
    Mike Barnes, Superintendent, Lakewood City Schools
    Charlie Keenan, Superintendent, Maple Heights City Schools
    Charlie Smialek, Superintendent, Parma City Schools
    Renee Willis, Superintendent, Richmond Heights City Schools
    David Glasner, Superintendent, Shaker Heights City Schools
    Linda Reid, Superintendent, South Euclid Lyndhurst City Schools
    Donald Jolly, Superintendent, Warrensville Heights City Schools

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Special Pupil Services

Meghan Shelby
Director of Special Pupil Services

216.587.6100 x3600

Director of Special Pupil Services:
  Meghan Shelby. Ph.D.  (216) 587-6100 ext. 3600

Special Education Supervisors:
  Diane Kallos (216) 438-6400 ext. 1641 

  Courtney Starr  (216) 438-6010 ext. 6308

SPS Secretary: Deborah Szalkowski  (216) 587-6100 ext. 3601   

Preschool Special Education:  (216) 438-6030 ext. 5035

5740 Lawn Avenue
Maple Heights, Ohio 44137

(216) 587-6100 ext. 3600 or 3601
Fax: (216) 518-2679

The Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) established funds for which school districts may apply.  IDEA Part B & Early Childhood Grant Applications are currently beign completed by the Maple Heights City Schools for 2020-2021. The funds generated through these grant awards must be utilized in the education of children with disabilities.  If you have any comments, questions, or would like additional information regarding these grant applications, you may submit them in writing to Dr. Meghan Shelby, Special Pupil Services Director at 5740 Lawn Avenue, Maple Heights 44137

NOTICE: Public Meeting - 516 (IDEA) Grant
There will be a public meeting on August 3, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Special Pupil Servies Office, loated at 5740 Lawn Avenue, Maple Heights.  The public is invited to meet with Dr. Shelby. Dr. Shelby will chair the meeting.  Questions should be directed to her at (216) 587-6100, Ext. 3600.

Early Entrance Kindergarten Screen for the 2020-2021 school year will begin August 5, 2020.  In order to begin this evaluation process, please contact Dr. Shelby at (216) 587-6100, ext. 3600 by August 1, 2020 to schedule an appointment.  Evaluations will take place at Abraham lincoln School, located at 6009 Dunham Road, Maple Heights.

*Children who will be 5 years old after September 30, 2020, but no later than December 31, 2020 may qualify for early admission in the 2020-2021 kindergarten program in the public schools if they show a high degree of maturity in areas of social, cognative, and motor development.  During this proces, the child will be given a cognitive assessment and should the child's IQ score meet the Early Entrance criteria, then additional evaluations will be scheduled at that time.  After all evaluations have been completed, the parent/guardian alogn with a team of staff will consider all data and determine if the child meets the criteria for Early Entrance.


Interested in becoming a Surrogate Parent? Please see this attached flier for further information, or contact Terri McIntee, State Support Team 3 Family and Community Involvement Specialist at 216-524-3000. 

There is a
newer law that allows people who have a communication disability to register with an agency so that law enforcement is aware of their communication disability in the event that they are stopped or pulled over.  This registration is voluntary.  Please see the attached flier for further information.


School & Community Based Services.
Please see this attached flier for further information or call the intake center at 216-459-9827.


Join the Maple Heights Special Olympics Team - Participants must be 8 years old.
Please see this attached flier for further information or contact Mr. Chamar Peterson at chamar.peterson@mapleschools.com or 216-438-6400 ext. 1252.


2020 Planting the Seeds of Knowledge Educational Formus sponsored by Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities - Various Topics & Dates.
Please see this attached flier for further information.

Family Supports Program 2020 Information.  Contact 216-736-2673 or intake@cuyahogabdd.org for more information or see this attached flier for further information.

Family Supports Program Camp Assistance - Summer 2020.
Please see this attached flier for further information.


Click here for information about the new STABLE account that allows individuals with disabilities to save and invest up to $14,000 per year without losing government benefits such as Medicaid or SSI.

A Guide to Parent Rights in Special Education - April 2017
This New Guide replaces Whose IDEA is This? (2012). Download a copy here or call us if you would like us to send you a copy.

Click here for Parent Letter & Required Forms

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Maple Heights, OH 44137
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