District Plan for Identification & Services

  • Ohio Administrative Code 3301-51-15(C)(2)(B)(iv)(c) requires school districts to submit district plans for identification and services to the Ohio Department of Education.  District plans must be periodically updated due to changes in programming or assessment instruments.  

Identification Information

  • The Berea City School District identifies gifted students in the follow categories: Superior Cognitive, Specific Academic, Creative Thinking, and Visual Performing Arts (visual arts, drama/theatre, music and dance). Services are provided for Superior Cognitive students. The District Plan provides full details about services offered in the Berea City School District. The Gifted Services staff may serve as a resource for parents of students who qualify as Specific Academic, Creative Thinking or Visual Performing Arts.

    Students may be referred on an ongoing basis by a parent or guardian, teacher, peer, self-referral or other staff member. Complete the Referral Form and send to Gifted Services at 390 Fair Street; Berea, OH 44017.


    Any questions about the identification process or services should be directed to Karen Frimel, Director Academic Affairs, at (216) 898-8300 ext. 6264.

District Planning Team

  • Task:

    Revise the current District Gifted Service Plan to reflect the new Gifted Operating Standards and make recommendations to the Board of Education in April/May regarding Gifted Services programming changes that are aligned to the district strategic plan.



    Karen Frimel, Director of Academic Affairs

    Gifted Services:

    Joann Burke, Brook Park Memorial Elementary School, Grade 2

    Tracy Silvestro, Brook Park Memorial Elementary School, Grade 3

    Misty Boscarello, Brook Park Memorial Elementary School, Grade 4

    Stacey Jennings, Ford IS and Middleburg Heights Junior High, GIS

    Jane Darrow, Middleburg Heights Junior High and Berea-Midpark HS, GIS



    Department of

    Academic Affairs:

    Jenifer Csiszar, Instructional Coach




    Teri Grimm, Grindstone Elementary School, Principal

    Mike Kostyack, Brook Park Memorial Elementary School, Principal

    Katie Rolland, Big Creek Elementary School, Principal

    Tracy Schneid, Brookview Elementary School, Principal


    Classroom Teachers:

    Frances Manus, Grindstone Elementary School, Grade 4




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    School Counselor:

    Kristen  Johnson, Grindstone Elementary School



    Allica Billman

    Laura D'Amato