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South-Western City Schools
Franklin County, Ohio
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District Profile
Superintendent:Dr. Bill Wise
Enrollment:20,636
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]

Demographics

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, 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]

Superintendent

The current superintendent of South-Western City Schools is Dr. Bill Wise.[6]

School board

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

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.

Budget

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:[8]

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

Enrollment

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:[9]

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.[10][11]

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.[12]

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

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Taxes Y
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Meetings 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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Transparency grading process

Website evaluation

The good

  • Board members are published, but email addresses are not provided.[13]
  • Board of Education meetings are posted and include meeting places and times.[14]
  • The Board of Education policies are published.[15]
  • Board minutes and agendas are published.[16]Also, podcasts are available.[17]
  • Limited administrative official information is published.[18]
  • Some past budgets are published.[19]
  • Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports are available from 2003-2011.[20]
  • Tax information is available.[21]
  • Background information requirements are published.[22]
  • School District Report Card is published, including Performance Index.[23]
  • Newsroom is up-to-date and informative.[24]

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

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

See also

External links

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