South-Western City Schools, Ohio

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South-Western City Schools
Franklin County, Ohio
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Bill Wise
Graduation rate:85.1%
Number of schools:33
Budget: $227.3 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Mindy Garverick
Board members:5
Term length:4
South-Western City Schools is a school district in Ohio that serves Franklin County, Ohio. It is the 6th-largest school district in Ohio, serving 20,636 students in 33 schools with an operating budget of $227.3 million.[1]

About the district

South-Western City Schools is located in Franklin County, Ohio
South-Western City Schools in South-Western City is located in Franklin County, which is situated in northern Ohio. The county's population was 1,163,414 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


In terms of graduation rate and average household income, Franklin County overperformed in these areas. The graduation rate was 89.3% compared to 87.8% statewide. The average household income was $50,045 compared to $48,071 in the entire state. Franklin County underperformed in terms of poverty rate with 17.4%, while the poverty rate for Ohio was 14.8%.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2010[3]
Race Franklin County (%) Ohio (%)
White 70.7 83.4
Black 21.8 12.5
Hispanic or Latino 5.0 3.3
Asian 4.2 1.8
American Indian 0.3 0.3
Two or More Races 2.9 2.0

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 60.1 38.4
2008 59.7 39.0
2004 55.0 45.0
2000 48.8 47.8

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]


The current superintendent of South-Western City Schools is Dr. Bill Wise.[7]

School board

The South-Western City School Board consists of five members who are elected at-large to four-year terms.[8]

South-Western City School Board
Member Position Term Ends
Mindy Garverick President 2015
Randy Reisling Vice President 2015
Karen Dover Member 2017
Cathy Johnson Member 2017
Lee Schreiner Member 2017

School board elections

See also: South-Western City Schools elections (2013)

Members of the South-Western 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.


South-Western City Schools does not publish its complete annual budget on its 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 $189,668,000 83.4% $10,460,000 4.6% $19,682,000 8.7% $3,552,000 1.6% $3,997,000 1.8% $227,359,000
Averages: $189,668,000 83% $10,460,000 5% $19,682,000 9% $3,552,000 2% $3,997,000 2% $227,359,000

Teacher salaries

Teachers in South-Western City Schools earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The salary schedule accounts for graduate degrees by providing higher starting salaries and greater potential salaries. The following table details the salary schedule for the 2012-2013 school year:[9]

Salary structure
Degree level Minimum salary ($) Maximum salary ($)
B.A. 34,540 56,271
B.A. + 30 38,367 59,194
MA 40,194 62,118
MA + 30 42,021 64,675

Schools in South-Western City School District


South-Western City School District serves 20,636 students. South-Western City School District does not publicly archive enrollment data.

District schools

South-Western City School District operates 33 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[10]

South-Western City Schools
School Name
Alton Hall Elementary School
Brookpark Middle School
Buckeye Ranch School School
Buckeye Woods Elementary School
Central Crossing High School
Darbydale Elementary School
Darby Woods Elementary School
East Franklin Elementary School
Finland Elementary School
Finland Middle School
Franklin Heights High School
Franklin Woods Intermediate School
Galloway Ridge Intermediate School
Grove City High School School
Harmon Elementary School
Hayes Intermediate School
Highland Park Elementary School
Holt Crossing Intermediate School
Jackson Middle School
Monterey Elementary School
North Franklin Elementary School
Norton Middle School
Park Street Intermediate School
Pleasant View Middle School
Prairie Lincoln Elementary School
Prairie Norton Elementary School
Richard Avenue Elementary School
J.C. Sommer Elementary School
South-Western Career Academy
South-Western Special Education Preschool Center
Stiles Elementary School
West Franklin Elementary School
Westland 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.[11][12]

South-Western City Schools received a C on the state's Performance Index and a C in the Indicators Met section. The Ohio Department of Education found that 80.1% 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.[13]

Performance Index, 2012-2013
Performance level Percentage of students (%)
Advanced Plus -
Advanced 17.7
Accelerated 23.6
Proficient 34.9
Basic 14.3
Limited 9.3
Untested 0.1

Indicators Met, Reading
Grade South-Western City Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 72.6 82.3 81.4
4 85.0 89.2 87.7
5 69.2 74.8 74.2
6 81.8 82.9 82.9
7 77.0 79.8 81
8 85.7 86.4 85.8

Indicators Met, Mathematics
Grade South-Western City Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 74.1 78.9 78.4
4 78.7 79.6 77.7
5 64.9 70.3 68.7
6 76.1 75.6 75.1
7 74.5 73.6 73.3
8 78.4 78.0 77.0

Taxes Y
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Budget P
Meetings Y
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Elected Officials P
Administrative Officials P
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 Y
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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

The good

  • Board members are published, but email addresses are not provided.[14]
  • Board of Education meetings are posted and include meeting places and times.[15]
  • The Board of Education policies are published.[16]
  • Board minutes and agendas are published.[17]Also, podcasts are available.[18]
  • Limited administrative official information is published.[19]
  • Some past budgets are published.[20]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available from 2003-2011.[21]
  • Tax information is available.[22]
  • Background information requirements are published.[23]
  • School District Report Card is published, including Performance Index.[24]
  • Newsroom is up-to-date and informative.[25]

The bad

  • Only limited administrative official information is available.
  • No public records are available.
  • Very little email contact information posted.
  • Current budget not available.
  • Contract information not posted.

Contact information

South-Western City Schools seal.gif
South-Western City School Board
3805 Marlane Drive
Grove City, OH 43123
Phone: (614) 801-3000

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 United States Census Bureau, "Public Elementary–Secondary Education Finance Data," accessed December 11, 2013
  2. U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Franklin County," accessed October 21, 2013
  3. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Census
  4. Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections, "Franklin County," accessed January 14, 2014
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. 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.
  7. South-Western City Schools, "Superintendent, accessed January 14, 2014
  8. South-Western City Schools, "Board of Education," accessed January 14, 2014
  9. South-Western City Schools, "Salary Schedule for Teachers," accessed January 14, 2014 (dead link)
  10. South-Western City Schools, "Schools," accessed January 14, 2014
  11. Ohio Department of Education, "FAQs," accessed January 10, 2014
  12. Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio Graduation Test," accessed January 10, 2014
  13. Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for South-Western City Schools," accessed January 14, 2014
  14. Board members
  15. Meetings (dead link)
  16. Board policies
  17. Agendas and minutes
  18. Board podcasts
  19. Administrative information
  20. Budget
  21. Audit CAFR
  22. Taxes
  23. Background information (dead link)
  24. District report card (dead link)
  25. News room