CMSD Board of Education Appointment Information

The City of Cleveland is now accepting applications to fill a one-year vacancy on the Cleveland Metropolitan School District Board of Education.

The application deadline is May 20, 2022.

To be considered for appointment, applicants must be residents of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Employees of the School District and elected public officials are prohibited by State law from serving on the School Board.

Apply online:  Complete the 2022 CMSD Board of Education Application to apply online

If you prefer to submit your application in person or via U.S. mail, download a PDF version of the application form and mail or drop it off at Cleveland City Hall, postmarked by May 20, 2022.

Nominating Panel of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
ATT: Holly Trifiro
City of Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Avenue, Room 227
Cleveland, OH 44114

Applications that are faxed, or given to school employees or board members will not be accepted.


What is the Board of Education?

The Board of Education serves as the governing body of the Cleveland Municipal School District. The Board, with the concurrence of the Mayor, appoints the Chief Executive Officer of the School District. Other Board responsibilities include:

  • setting School District policy,
  • approving the School District budget,
  • establishing School District goals and accountability standards, and
  • promoting parent, family and community involvement in the schools.

This is a unique governance structure, as all other school districts in Ohio elect members to their boards of education.

What is the CMSD Nominating Panel and how are members selected?

The Cleveland Municipal School District Nominating Panel was created as a part of Ohio House Bill 269, which established the Mayor-Appointed Board governance structure in 1998. The Nominating Panel is charged with nominating a slate of persons for each Board of Education vacancy. The Mayor may only select from persons nominated by the Nominating Panel in making his appointments to the Board of Education.

The Nominating Panel is made up of eleven volunteer members selected as follows:

  • Three members are parents or guardians of children attending the Cleveland Metropolitan Schools, who are appointed by the School District’s Parent Teacher Association, or a similar organization.
  • Three members are appointed by the Mayor.
  • One person is appointed by the President of Cleveland City Council.
  • One teacher is appointed by the collective bargaining representative of the Cleveland Teachers Union.
  • One principal is appointed through a vote of CMSD’s Principals.
  • One representative of the business community is appointed by an organized collective business entity selected by the Mayor, currently the Greater Cleveland Partnership.
  • One president of a public or private institution of higher education located within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District is appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

How many Board of Education members are appointed by the Mayor, and how are they sworn in?

Under Ohio law, nine members of the Board of Education of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District are appointed by the Mayor of the City of Cleveland.

Who is in charge of the School District?

CMSD’s Chief Executive Officer runs the School District and reports to the Board of Education. The Mayor of the City of Cleveland serves as the appointing authority of the Board of Education.