Posted Friday, June 24, 2011
Newsmaker #1: Eric Gordon, CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
After a national search, Gordon, the district’s chief academic officer, was Mayor Jackson’s selection as the new chief exec. Gordon, 40, is the chief architect of the district’s transformation plan, the blueprint just being implemented when former CEO Eugene Sanders announced his retirement. Gordon assumes command of a shrinking school district which ranked ‘continuous improvement’ in the most recent state report card on student progress. He’s working under a one-year contract.
Newsmaker #2: Cathie Farroll, Public Involvement Manager, Walsh/HNTB
Construction on Cleveland’s new Innerbelt bridge has officially started but for motorists, the most noisome phase of the project is just ahead. Ramps that carried motorists to and from the Innerbelt have, in some cases, been shut down. Others, like the eastbound I-90 ramp to Carnegie Avenue, will have limited access. Traffic will be squeezed into fewer lanes. All that will lead to months of bottlenecks while a new Innerbelt span is built just north of the old. Mr. Feagler talks with a member of the bridge design-build team about the work that’s ahead and the best way to avoid the jams.
Special Guest: Dr. Mansoor Ahmed, chief medical officer, Southwest Cleveland Sleep Center
Lack of sleep is increasingly being viewed as an ailment with potentially serious consequences. Sleep loss can contribute to physical problems like heart disease and mental impairment and it’s been implicated in numerous high profile accidents, such as the grounding of the Exxon Valdez in 1989. Drowsy driving is blamed for 100,000 accidents yearly and 28% of Americans admit to nodding off, however briefly, at the wheel. It’s also at the root of productivity loss and can seriously affect a person’s quality of life. ideastream begins a week of coverage on the subject of sleep loss, titled “Sleep: A Wake-up Call.”
ideastream is partnering with NetWellness to provide consumer health information about sleep. Click here to go to the NetWellness website for more information about this specific sleep topic.
Emmy Award-winning Feagler & Friends was a lively, weekly half-hour television discussion of local and national issues impacting lives in Northeast Ohio, hosted by award-winning journalist and former Plain Dealer columnist, Dick Feagler.