CANS PTO-Advisory Group
We are the CANS Parent-Teacher Organization and Advisory Group, a group of dedicated parents and community members. We support CANS teachers and staff as they pursue the best, well-rounded education for all the children of Spring Grove Village, Clifton, and CUF. We help the people and organizations in our neighborhoods find ways to support CANS.
We are looking for parents of potential new students and community members who are also motivated to help with planning and follow-through surrounding every facet of the new school. Any level of time commitment is greatly appreciated. We look forward to hearing from you!
CANS pTO-Advisory Group Meetings
Please use the calendar below to keep up with when the CANS PTO, Advisory Group Committees and full group are meeting. You are welcome to attend. Meeting schedules do change so please always check back here prior to traveling to the meeting.
The CANS Advisory Group has six main committees: Recruitment/Enrollment, Partnerships/Curriculum, Playscape & Facilities, Community Learning Center, PTO, and Communications. All members are working hard to help Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) develop the best possible neighborhood school. Committee leaders are in bold.
Vince Metzger (Clifton)
Gary Robbins (Spring Grove Village)
Jules Rosen (CUF)
The Partnerships/Curriculum Committee is working to provide CPS with suggestions and expectations of the content and pedagogical philosophy of the CAN School. They are also engaging community partners in education, arts, science, culture, history, and the outdoors to strengthen school academics and broaden educational opportunities available to students.
Kara Hill (co-leader)
Angela Potochnik (co-leader)
Brian and Heather McCarren
Basem A Fallatah
Dr. Mary Boat, UC School of Education
Recruitment / Enrollment
The Recruitment / Enrollment Committee is working to increase visibility of the new school across Clifton, CUF, and Spring Grove Village and to help families take advantage of this educational and community-building opportunity.
Heather McCarren (leader)
The Communications Committee works to enhance community awareness of the new school and assist the community in communicating their desires to CPS. They also work collaboratively with the other two Committees.
Jan Checco (General Communications)
Kevin Marsh (Online Communications)
Josh Miller (Webmaster)
The CANS Parent Teacher Organization is a legally formed corporation in the State of Ohio. 501c3 status determination is pending, and Clifton Town Meeting is acting as fiscal agent until then. Bylaws have been adopted and Officers were elected in September 2018.
Drew Schwetschenau (President)
Joanna Contorno-Czaja (Vice President)
Jill Conway (Treasurer)
Andres Perez-Simon (Recording Secretary)
Andrew Garth (Communications Secretary)
All CANS Advisory Group members
Fundraising - Christina Smart
Enrichment Coordination - Beth Littelmann and Fern Linziger
Volunteer Coordinator - Erica Blackburn
Members not currently on a committee
Community Learning Center
The Community Learning Center (CLC) Committee is focused on understanding our 3 community's needs towards creating a CLC in the new school. The goal of a Community Learning Center is to support student achievement while revitalizing neighborhoods and maximizing the community’s return on its investment in public schools.
Kelley Bagayoko (leader)
Playscape & Facilities
The Facilities and Playscape Committee is focused on bringing community and professional input to guide the design of spaces throughout the CANS campus, including educational spaces inside the school and outside play areas.
Josh Miller (leader)