Cleveland Hill’s 2018-2019 proposed budget

The 2018-19 Proposed Budget of $32,886,119 is a 4.22% increase over the 2017-18 budget.  Click here to view the budget statement.

“This proposed budget reflects some in-district restructuring of our special
education programming as we continue to return students from out of district placements to Cleveland Hill,” said Superintendent Jon MacSwan.  “Though this does require some upfront investment, the district will also be better positioned to mitigate special education increases in the future, while still recouping
expense-driven aid from the state. Additionally, we are again increasing staffing to meet the needs of our new English Language Learner students.”

The district vote will be held on May 15, 2018, from 12 pm – 9 pm in the Faculty Cafeteria.  Park at the football field entrance and enter through the large Eagle entrance door.

Proposition # 2

ESTABLISHMENT OF A CAPITAL RESERVE FUND FOR THE AC- QUISITION OF BUSES, SIMILAR VEHICLES AND RELATED EQUIP- MENT AND ITEMS OF MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT, 2018.

Proposition # 3

PURCHASE ONE (1) KUBOTA VENTRAC 4500Z TRACTOR,
ALONG WITH ATTACHMENTS AND RELATED EQUIPMENT.

Board Members

John Catalino – My name is John Catalino. Over the past three years, I have been proud to represent the residents of the Cleveland Hill School District as a Board Trustee. I have collaborated with my fellow Board members to help guide and shape policy for the residents, students and faculty of our great district.

My wife and I have been residents of the Cleveland Hill District for over 23 years. We have three daughters, one of whom is a junior in the high school, and the other two are 2016 and 2009 graduates respectively.

I am a Social Worker as my full time job, and have been in the Human Service field for over 25 years. I am passionate about helping people be personally successful; a value which Cleveland Hill also strives to accomplish on a daily basis.

I have been active with the Sports Boosters Club, and have been a strong supporter of both Cleve Hill athletics and the Music and Arts programs. Here at Cleve Hill, we have an incredibly diversified school experience encompassing academics, arts and athletics as well as several other activities to offer our students. I feel we have outstanding, dedicated and
passionate faculty and administration here.

I am committed to continue this mission, to advocate for the needs of all students and residents, and act in their best interests. I love the small community connection in our district, and the sense of belonging and familial warmth that our district embodies. I want to extend that sense of connectedness to new residents and new parents of the district.
I look forward to the next chapter of the legacy of our great district, with a capital improvement project getting set to break ground in the upcoming months, with exciting enhancements to our campus. I also look forward to continuing to represent the community as a Board Trustee and continue to support our children in their educational journeys.


Michael Montoro – I was brought up on the West Side of Buffalo. Attended Holy Angels Grammar School then went on to attend Bishop Fallon High School. In 1972, my dad remarried and we moved to 157 Merrymont Rd. into the Cleveland Hill School District, both my sister and my stepbrother attended Cleveland Hill.

I graduated from Canisius College with a B.A. in Sociology in 1974. I have promoted concerts in Buffalo since 1969. I now have my own company BPO Nation which presents most of its shows at Kleinhans Music Hall. I reside at 215 Merrymont Rd. with my lovely wife and our son. My son now attends UB, did attend Cleveland Hill and proudly was the Valedictorian of the Class of 2014. During my term on the school board I’ve been part of
the team that has raised student achievement scores in both Middle and High school.

I also am a member of The Erie County School Board Legislative Team that oversaw the increase to Foundation Aid and the brought an end to The Gap Elimination Fund. As a parent whose son went to Cleveland Hill, I clearly understand the day to day issues facing the district. I strongly support public education, feeling every child has the right to a safe, secure and quality education. 


Melissa Rokitka – I am so excited to be running for school board. I moved to the Cleveland Hill School District nine years ago and I am so thankful to be a part of this wonderful community.

I am running for school board because I value the education our children are receiving and I believe I can contribute a new perspective to our board. I am the proud mom of three children who are in the elementary school. As a mother of a young family, and a small business owner, I understand the importance of keeping our taxes affordable while providing a safe and exceptional education to our students.

I am a graduate of Buffalo State College with a degree in Elementary and Exceptional Education. I’ve spent over a decade working with students with developmental disabilities in the classroom and in the community. I’m the former director of children’s programs at Learning Disabilities Associations. It was during that experience that I learned the importance of advocating for the needs of students and their families. I’ve volunteered with many local organizations including Camp Good Days and Special Times, Buffalo City Mission, Friends Of The Night People, and Be SMART. I believe volunteering is essential and
demonstrates to our children how they can give back to their community and peers.
One of my priorities as a board member will be making myself accessible to our community.

I am present in our schools every single day. You can find me at pick up and drop off, working the prize cart, book fairs, volunteering in classrooms or
wherever else I am needed. It would be an honor to serve Cleveland Hill on the school board. I ask for your support and your vote on May 15th. Thank you!