Parma City School District, Ohio

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Parma City School District
Parma, Ohio
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Jeffrey Graham
Graduation rate:85.7%
Number of schools:15
Budget: $150.4 million
Website:(dead link) School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Sean P. Nicklos
Board members:5
Term length:4
Parma City School District is a school district in Ohio that serves the cities of Parma, Parma Heights and Seven Hills. It is the 13th-largest school district in Ohio, serving 11,470 students in 15 schools with an operating budget of $150.4 million.[1]

About the district

Parma City School District is located in Cuyahoga County, Ohio
Parma City School District is located in Cuyahoga County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 1,280,122 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


In terms of graduation rate, average household income and poverty rate, Cuyahoga County underperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 86.7% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $44,088 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. The poverty rate was 17.1%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Franklin County (%) Ohio (%)
White 64.8 83.4
Black 30.2 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.1 3.3
Asian 2.8 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 69.3 29.6
2008 68.7 30.0
2004 66.6 32.9
2000 62.6 33.4

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.[5]


The current superintendent of Parma City School District is Dr. Jeffrey Graham, who was appointed in August 2010. His previous professional roles include serving as superintendent of Woodridge Local School District from 2003-2010, principal and assistant principal of Medina High School and teaching science from 1993-1999 at Highland & Wadsworth High Schools.[6]

School board

The Parma City School Board consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms.[7]

Parma City School Board
Member Position Term Ends
Sean P. Nicklos President 2015
Rosemary Gulick Vice President 2017
Karen Dendorfer Member 2015
Lynn Halloran Member 2017
Kathleen Petro Member 2017

School board elections

See also: Parma City School District elections (2013)

Members of the Parma City School Board are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and two seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.


Parma City School District published its annual budget on their district website.[1]

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
2010-2011 $98,583,427 67.1% $8,155,413 5.5% $9,848,167 6.7% $7,049,535 4.8% $23,386,602 15.9% $147,023,144
2011-2012 $102,613,223 68.2% $8,623,321 5.7% $9,484,213 6.3% $7,025,990 4.7% $22,668,184 15.1% $150,414,931
Averages: $100,598,325 68% $8,389,367 6% $9,666,190 6% $7,037,762.5 5% $23,027,393 15% $148,719,037.5

Teacher salaries

Parma City School District does not publish its teacher salary schedule on its website.

Schools in Parma City School District


Parma City School District serves 11,470 students. Parma City School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

Parma City School District operates 15 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[8]

Parma City School District
School Name
Dentzler Elementary School
Greenbriar Middle School
Green Valley Elementary School
Hillside Middle School
John Muir Elementary School
Parma Park Elementary School
Parma Senior High School
Pleasant Valley Elementary School
Pleasantview First Step and Day Care
Normandy High School
Renwood Elementary School
Ridge-Brook Elementary School
Shiloh Middle School
Thoreau Park Elementary School
Valley Forge 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 also demonstrate readiness for postgraduate life.[9][10]

Parma City School District received a C on the state's Performance Index and a C in the Indicators Met section. The Ohio Department of Education found that 79.9% of students qualified as Proficient or higher. The district met proficiency levels in 75.0% 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.[11]

Performance Index, 2012-2013
Performance level Percentage of students (%)
Advanced Plus 0.1
Advanced 17.5
Accelerated 25.1
Proficient 36.4
Basic 14.9
Limited 5.8
Untested 0.1

Indicators Met, Reading
Grade Parma City School District Similar districts State of Ohio
3 83.0 83.0 81.4
4 90.1 89.7 87.7
5 75.8 75.8 74.2
6 82.0 83.7 82.9
7 82.0 80.9 81.0
8 83.9 86.8 85.8

Indicators Met, Mathematics
Grade Parma City School District Similar districts State of Ohio
3 75.7 79.5 78.4
4 76.9 80.6 77.7
5 72.3 71.4 68.7
6 69.2 76.9 75.1
7 73.3 75.6 73.3
8 74.0 79.5 77.0

Taxes Y
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Budget Y
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Meetings Y
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Elected Officials Y
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Administrative Officials Y
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Contracts N
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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

Website evaluation

The good

  • Board members are published, including email contacts.[12]
  • Board of Education meetings are posted and include meeting places and times.
  • The Board of Education policies are published.[13]
  • Board agendas are published, archived through 2002.[14] Board minutes are published as well.[15]
  • Board meetings are available on video.[16]
  • Administrative officials (by department) are published.[17]
  • The budget is published.[18]
  • Audits are published and archived through 1998.[19]
  • Benefits information is published.[20]
  • District Treasurer’s Reporting tool allows a searchable expense report.[21]
  • School District Report Card is published, including performance index.[22]
  • PCSD News section is informative and up-to-date.[23]
  • PACT television network is a good resource.[24]

The bad

  • Teacher contracts are not published or searchable.
  • Cannot locate background check information in Human Resources.
  • No information relating to accessing public records.
  • No salary information; no searchable results.

Contact information

Parma City School District seal.jpeg
Parma City School Board
5311 Longwood Avenue
Parma, OH 44134
Phone: (440) 842-5300

See also

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