July 17, 2018
Fernway Report | July 17, 2018
Review this report to learn more about what's happened in the past 24 hours at Fernway Elementary School, which was damaged by fire on July 10, 2018.
July Board of Education Meeting | 6 p.m., Tonight
High School Small Auditorium
  • The monthly board meeting will include a general update about Fernway School. Community members are welcome to attend and listen. We also encourage you to attend Thursday's Fernway Community Meeting to hear a more complete discussion and ask questions.
Community Meeting | 6 p.m., Thursday, July 19
Lomond Elementary School Gym
  • The District will host a public Fernway Community Meeting on Thursday, July 19 at 6 p.m. at the Lomond Elementary School gym. District administrators, Fernway Principal Chris Hayward and Shaker Heights Fire Department Chief Patrick Sweeney will share available information and take questions from the community. Child care will be provided. Please email news@shaker.org if you plan to bring children. The meeting is open to all community members and will be recorded for those who are not able to attend.
Installation of Security Fencing
  • Our disaster recovery contractor will install chain link fencing in the coming days for additional safety and to secure the Ardmore Road side of Fernway School.  
Building Updates
  • Heavy rainfalls yesterday led to some additional water in the building. Crews identified leaks and worked to collect water to minimize additional damage. 
  • Crews are still removing furniture and plan to wrap up removal of wet items from the building in the next two days.
  • Crews are hoping to wrap up the roof investigation later this week. Once the investigation is completed, crews can being clearing the roof to prepare it for assessment.
Fernway Staff Videos
Shaker Schools Foundation Fernway Fund
  • The Shaker Schools Foundation has established the Fernway Fund to help with recovery efforts from the fire. All gifts to the Fernway Fund will be used to support teachers and students as they rebuild and re-envision their learning environments to benefit Fernway Elementary. Also, the Shaker Schools Foundation is collaborating and coordinating with the Shaker Heights Teachers Association and many community members and groups on fundraising efforts. Donate online.
Fernway Grounds Closed
  • The Fernway School grounds including the parking lot, the blacktop play area, playground and grassy areas are closed until further notice for safety reasons. Only authorized officials will be permitted into the building with an escort.
Fernway Report Signup
  • Families who do not have students in the Shaker Schools may sign up to receive the Fernway Report via email. Sign up here.
Counseling Available
  • Director of Pupil Services Elizabeth Kimmel is working with District school psychologists and Western Reserve Grief Services to provide grief support. If you or your student is in need of grief counseling, please contact Elizabeth Kimmel, kimmel_e@shaker.org.
Shaker Heights City School District  | 15600 Parkland Drive |  Shaker Heights | OH | 44120