Ex-CEO of Cleveland schools works on Chaney plan

By Denise Dick



A retired chief executive of Cleveland schools is working as a consultant in the Youngstown schools.

Eugene Sanders, who retired Feb. 1, 2011, from the Cleveland school district helm, is working through his Sanders Transformation Group at Chaney’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics school.

The company’s $73,000 contract, which runs from late February through June 30, will be paid out of Chaney’s School Improvement Grant, a federal program.

Superintendent Connie Hathorn stressed that the group is not being paid from the district’s general fund. Chaney’s one-year grant amount is $1,850,000, and the school may reapply, Chaney Principal S. Diane Rollins said in an email.

“The awarded amount must be spent within that year, and you must have external providers to assist in reaching the stated grant goals for leadership, graduation rate, school climate and student achievement,” the email said.

Sanders is working with Pam Lubich, Chaney’s STEM coordinator, and the Building Leadership Team to design a “rigorous” STEM program, Rollins, who formerly worked in the Cleveland district, said in the email.

“The Sanders Group meets in person a minimum of one or two days a week as well having phone conferences several times a week to develop a strategic vision/mission and plan of implementation for an exemplary STEM program,” she said.

Hathorn said it was left to the building leadership teams at schools that received SIG grants to decide how to use the funds.

Sanders served as Cleveland schools CEO from 2006 until his early 2011 retirement.

Chaney personnel report 10 meetings and eight telephone conferences with Sanders between Feb. 21 and April 30.

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