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Cincinnati Public Schools, Ohio

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Cincinnati Public Schools
Cincinnati, Ohio
Cincinnati Public Schools Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Mary Ronan
Graduation rate:75.9%
Number of schools:55
Budget: $499 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Eileen Cooper Reed
Board members:7
Term length:4
The Cincinnati Public School District (CPS) is a school district in Ohio that served 30,310 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district is the third largest by enrollment in the state of Ohio.[1] Cincinnati Public Schools dates back to 1829 with the creation of the Common Schools of Cincinnati.[2]

About the district

Cincinnati Public Schools is located in Hamilton County, Ohio
Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County and located in southwestern Ohio. The city's population was 296,946 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Cincinnati (%) Ohio (%)
White 49.3 82.7
Black or African American 44.8 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 1.8 1.7
Two or More Races 2.5 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 2.8 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[4][5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 52.5 46.1
2008 53 46
2004 47 52.5
2000 46.3 50.1

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.[6] 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.[7] Ronan earned an annual salary of $189,000 during the 2011-2012 school year.[8]

School board

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.[9]

Cincinnati Board of Education
Member Assumed Office Term Ends
Ericka Copeland-Dansby 2013 2017
Alexander Kuhns 2012 2015
Melanie Bates 2002 2017
Eve Bolton 2008 2015
Elisa Hoffman 2013 2017
A. Chris Nelms 2008 2015
Daniel Minera 2013 2017

School board elections

See also: Cincinnati Public Schools elections (2013)

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.


The table below displays the budget for Cincinnati Public Schools:[10][11]

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
2012-2013 $339,163,929 71.8% $79,041,965 16.7% $53,928,293 11.4% $0 0% $0 0% $472,134,187
2013-2014 $265,723,895 58.3% $163,134,420 35.8% $8,207,038 1.8% $11,754,366 2.6% $7,282,612 1.6% $456,102,331
2014-2015 $290,222,318 58.2% $173,653,832 34.8% $14,460,173 2.9% $14,762,368 3% $5,910,191 1.2% $499,008,882
Averages: $298,370,047.33 63% $138,610,072.33 29% $25,531,834.67 5% $8,838,911.33 2% $4,397,601 1% $475,748,466.67

Teacher salaries

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.[12]

Schools in district

Cincinnati Public Schools operates 55 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[13]

Cincinnati Public Schools
Academy of Multilingual Immersion Studies
Academy of World Languages
Aiken High School
Bond Hill Academy
Carpe Diem Charter School
Carson School
Chase School
Cheviot School
Clark Montessori High School
College Hill Fundamental Academy
Covedale School
Dater High School
Dater Montessori School
Douglass School
Evanston Academy
Fairview-Clifton German Language School
Gamble Montessori High School
Hartwell School
Hays-Porter School
Hughes STEM High School
Hyde Park School
Kilgour School
Midway School
Mt. Airy School
Mt. Washington School
North Avondale Montessori School
Oyler School
Parker School
Parker Woods Montessori School
Pleasant Hill Academy
Pleasant Ridge Montessori School
Price Academy
Riverview East Academy
Roberts Paideia Academy
Rockdale 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
Taft School
Taylor Academy
Virtual High School
Walnut Hills High School
Western Hills University
Westwood School
Winton Hills Academy
Withrow University High School
Woodford Paideia Academy
Woodward Career Technical High School

Academic performance

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.[14][15]

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.[16]

Performance Index, 2012-2013
Performance level Percentage of students (%)
Advanced Plus -
Advanced 14.8
Accelerated 19.1
Proficient 32.4
Basic 21.1
Limited 12
Untested 0.5

Indicators Met, Reading
Grade Cincinnati Public Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 75.9 65.2 81.4
4 75.4 70.9 87.7
5 59.9 51 74.2
6 74.2 62.9 82.9
7 68 61 81
8 75 69.3 85.8

Indicators Met, Mathematics
Grade Cincinnati Public Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 67.3 57.8 78.5
4 58.7 53.6 77.7
5 52.2 40.5 68.7
6 67.5 49.9 75.1
7 59.4 48.3 73.3
8 65.3 53.9 77


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.[17]

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.[18]

Contact information

Cincinnati Public Schools Logo.jpg
Cincinnati Public Schools
Office of the Board Members
P.O. Box 5381
Cincinnati, OH 45201-5381
Phone: (513) 363-0040

Website evaluation

Taxes Y
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Budget Y
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Meetings P
Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Contracts Y
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Audits Y
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Public Records N
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Academics Y
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Background Checks N
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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Ohio school district websites

Last rated on January 23, 2012

The good

  • Board of Education members are published.[19]
  • The Board of Education policies are published.[9]
  • Board meetings and minutes are published as is information for viewing meetings on TV.[20]
  • Administrative officials are published.[21]
  • The budget is published.[22]
  • Audits are published.[23]
  • Current contract bids are published.[24]
  • School District Report Card is published.[16]
  • Performance Index is published.[25]
  • The homepage has a number of useful resources including news, upcoming events, dashboard link and facebook, twitter, youtube and tv links.[26]

The bad

  • Meeting agendas not posted.
  • No public records.
  • No background information.
  • The search function is not working properly.
  • No salary information.

See also

External links

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  1. Ohio Department of Education, "Enrollment Data," accessed September 9, 2013
  2. Cincinnati Public Schools, "History," accessed September 12, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Cincinnati," accessed September 13, 2013
  4. Hamilton County Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed September 13, 2013
  5. Smart Voter, "President Contests for Hamilton County," accessed September 13, 2013
  6. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  7. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Superintendent Mary Ronan," accessed September 12, 2013
  8. State Treasurer of Ohio, " Teacher and Education Employee Pay," accessed September 12, 2013
  9. 9.0 9.1 Cincinnati Public Schools, "Board Policies," accessed September 13, 2013
  10. Cincinnati Public Schools, "2012-2013 Budget Book," June 25, 2012
  11. Cincinnati Public Schools, "2014-2015 General Operating Budget," accessed December 12, 2014
  12. Ohio Education Association, "Salary Data since 2001," accessed September 13, 2013
  13. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Find a School," accessed September 13, 2013
  14. Ohio Department of Education, "FAQs," accessed September 10, 2013
  15. Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio Graduation Test," accessed September 10, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Cincinnati Public Schools," accessed September 12, 2013
  17. The Alliance Review, "Ohio school district settles anti-tax group lawsuit," September 12, 2013
  18. Cincinnati Business Courier, "Cincinnati Public Schools to Ohio: Make Emery pay taxes," September 11, 2013
  19. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Board of Education," accessed September 13, 2013
  20. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Board Minutes," accessed September 13, 2013
  21. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Administration," accessed September 13, 2013
  22. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Financial Information," accessed September 13, 2013
  23. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Auditor," accessed September 13, 2013
  24. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Doing Business with CPS," accessed September 13, 2013
  25. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Academics," accessed September 13, 2013
  26. Cincinnati Public Schools, "Home," accessed September 13, 2013