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Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio
|Cincinnati Public Schools|
|Number of schools:||55|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Eileen Cooper Reed|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 The good
- 12 The bad
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
About the district
Cincinnati lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 31% of Cincinnati residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Cincinnati had a median income of $34,104 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Cincinnati was 27.4% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
The current Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools is Mary Ronan, who has served in the position since April 2009. She has worked in the district since 1976 including a brief stint as Interim Superintendent from 2008 to 2009 and Director of Schools from 2005 to 2008. Ronan earned an annual salary of $189,000 during the 2011-2012 school year.
The Cincinnati Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. Annual compensation for board members is determined when new members are sworn into office though members often donate compensation to a trust fund that covers board expenses. Each member can participate in the district's health and life insurance plans as well as the State Employees Retirement System.
|Cincinnati Board of Education|
|Member||Assumed Office||Term Ends|
|A. Chris Nelms||2008||2015|
School board elections
Members of the Cincinnati Board of Education are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and three seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teachers in Cincinnati Public Schools earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The district pays a minimum annual salary of $39,262 for teachers with Bachelor's degrees and $42,937 for Master's holders. The 2011-2012 salary schedule capped salaries at $60,714 for Bachelor's holders and $77,377 for teachers with Master's degrees. The maximum salary caps annual pay increases after 30 years of service in the district.
Schools in district
Cincinnati Public Schools operates 55 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Cincinnati Public Schools|
|Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies|
|Academy of World Languages|
|Aiken High School|
|Bond Hill Academy|
|Carpe Diem Charter School|
|Clark Montessori High School|
|College Hill Fundamental Academy|
|Dater High School|
|Dater Montessori School|
|Fairview-Clifton German Language School|
|Gamble Montessori High School|
|Hughes STEM High School|
|Hyde Park School|
|Mt. Airy School|
|Mt. Washington School|
|North Avondale Montessori School|
|Parker Woods Montessori School|
|Pleasant Hill Academy|
|Pleasant Ridge Montessori School|
|Riverview East Academy|
|Roberts Paideia Academy|
|Roll Hill Academy|
|Roselawn Condon School|
|Rothenberg Preparatory Academy|
|Sands Montessori School|
|Sayler Park School|
|School for Creative and Performing Arts|
|Shroder High School|
|Silverton Paideia Academy|
|South Avondale School|
|Taft Information Technology High School|
|Virtual High School|
|Walnut Hills High School|
|Western Hills University|
|Winton Hills Academy|
|Withrow University High School|
|Woodford Paideia Academy|
|Woodward Career Technical High School|
The Ohio Department of Education issues an annual report card for each district based on scores from the Ohio Achievement Assessments. This testing process assesses the proficiency of students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 10 and 11 complete the Ohio Graduation Test to not only assess proficiency but demonstrate readiness for postgraduate life.
Cincinnati Public Schools received a C on the state's Performance Index and an F in the Indicators Met section. The Ohio Department of Education found that 66.3% of students qualified as Proficient or higher. The district met proficiency levels in 45.8% of performance indicators from grades 3 through 11. The following tables detail results from the Performance Index and Indicators Met sections in the 2012-2013 district report card.
|Performance Index, 2012-2013|
|Performance level||Percentage of students (%)|
Settlement with COAST
District officials agreed to a settlement with the Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending and Taxes (COAST) related to employee involvement in a 2012 tax levy vote. COAST and Cincinnati Public Schools agreed in 2002 that the district could not allow school resources or employees to be actively involved in local elections. The group claimed that the district broke this agreement by allowing employees to advocate for a tax levy renewal in 2012. The settlement requires the district to pay COAST $120,612 to cover legal fees and would find Cincinnati Public Schools in contempt of court if they break the 2002 agreement in the future.
Emery Center complaint
The district filed a complaint with the Ohio Department of Taxation against the Emery Center in an effort to remove the building's tax-exempt status. The Emery Center located within district boundaries has not paid taxes since the University of Cincinnati leased the building for educational purposes since 1999. District officials are concerned that the Emery Center is not used for educational purposes and the tax exemption prevents revenue from supporting local schools. The district would receive about $130,000 per year in property taxes if the exemption is lifted by state officials.
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Ohio school district websites
Last rated on January 23, 2012
- Board of Education members are published.
- The Board of Education policies are published.
- Board meetings and minutes are published as is information for viewing meetings on TV.
- Administrative officials are published.
- The budget is published.
- Audits are published.
- Current contract bids are published.
- School District Report Card is published.
- Performance Index is published.
- The homepage has a number of useful resources including news, upcoming events, dashboard link and facebook, twitter, youtube and tv links.
- Meeting agendas not posted.
- No public records.
- No background information.
- The search function is not working properly.
- No salary information.
- Ohio Department of Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 9, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "History," accessed September 12, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cincinnati," accessed September 13, 2013
- Hamilton County Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 13, 2013
- Smart Voter, "President Contests for Hamilton County," accessed September 13, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Superintendent Mary Ronan," accessed September 12, 2013
- State Treasurer of Ohio, " Teacher and Education Employee Pay," accessed September 12, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Board Policies," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "2012-2013 Budget Book," June 25, 2012
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "2014-2015 General Operating Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
- Ohio Education Association, "Salary Data since 2001," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Find a School," accessed September 13, 2013
- Ohio Department of Education, "FAQs," accessed September 10, 2013
- Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio Graduation Test," accessed September 10, 2013
- Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Cincinnati Public Schools," accessed September 12, 2013
- The Alliance Review, "Ohio school district settles anti-tax group lawsuit," September 12, 2013
- Cincinnati Business Courier, "Cincinnati Public Schools to Ohio: Make Emery pay taxes," September 11, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Board Minutes," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Administration," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Financial Information," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Auditor," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Doing Business with CPS," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Academics," accessed September 13, 2013
- Cincinnati Public Schools, "Home," accessed September 13, 2013