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Voter Approval Needed on Issue 9 to Build New Middle/High School Facility
On November 6th, the Warrensville Heights City School District is asking you, our valued residents and community members, to consider a combination bond issue and permanent improvement (PI) levy—Issue 9—to finance Phase II, the final initiative of our Master Facilities Plan, in order to build a new middle/high school. This year is already proving to be a historic time for our district. The strong gains we saw on the 2018 State Report Card revealed that our strategic plan is successfully working. While we have continued improvements to make, the measured scores reflect the hard work of our scholars and staff. As a result, the district is no longer in danger of a state takeover from House Bill 70. Over the last three years, we have rebuilt our team, updated our curriculum and, increased enrollment.
These accomplishments do not just happen by chance but rather, through commitment and collaborative work from our teachers, students, parents, support staff and, administrators. They are the result of our communities’ traditions, strong standards and collective vision of, “One Team, One Vision, One Goal.”
As we look to the future, we must consider what resources are needed to ensure that every WHCSD scholar is developing to their full potential. Despite regular maintenance, the age of our current school buildings, at average 63 years old, poses several problems for educating today’s scholars. The current buildings require significant maintenance at high costs and are not conducive to 21st century learning. This is why the Board of Education approved a Master Facilities Plan to reduce our school buildings from seven to two. That decision came about through a multi-year process to review all options, engage with residents and stakeholders, and ensure that we received the highest value for our investment. We are confident that this plan reflects our community values and, fiscal responsibility as it will save operating costs and provide the learning environments our students deserve.
Construction of Phase I of the Master Facilities Plan (left) a new elementary school to serve students in grades Pre-K through Five – is already underway on the grounds of the former Randallwood Elementary School. The new building, which is scheduled to open with the 2020-2021 school year, will house students currently
Phase I: Elementary School, PK-5
Projected Open: Fall 2020
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As we look to the future, we must
consider what resources are needed to ensure that every WHCSD scholar is
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*Phase II: Middle/High School, 6-12
Projected Open: Fall 2021
attending John Dewey, Eastwood and Westwood elementary schools. Phase I is being financed through a partnership that includes $8 million from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) and $17 million from the school district’s existing revenue streams. Phase II will be funded through Issue 9—a $68 million combination levy that will complete the entire Master Facilities project. This means for a taxpayer with a $60,000 home, the estimated cost is $12.25 monthly. Provided that voters approve Issue 9, the combination bond issue/PI on November 6, 2018, the new middle/high facility is tentatively expected to open in the fall of 2021.
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* Buildings pictured for conceptual purposes only
As you make your decision about Issue 9, I invite you to review our website to read the facts and/or contact me directly as I would be pleased to provide more details and answer any questions you may have. I know you believe in the potential of all our students and with your help, I believe we can continue that good work we have done as we continue to “Return to Excellence.” In Service, Donald J. Jolly II Superintendent
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Issue 9 on November 6th Ballot Please Remember to Vote!
What does a vibrant school system mean to our community? What is its value to our Tri-City citizens? These are questions that Warrensville Heights City School District residents will need to answer on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 when they vote on the district’s combination bond issue and permanent improvement levy funding request—Issue 9. This request, Issue 9, is needed to finance Phase II (the final phase) of WHCSD’s Master Facilities Plan to build a new middle/high school.
to two—saving money, resources and, providing an excellent educational environment in order to continue the work within our district Strategic Plan, “Reaching New Heights.”
I would encourage you to review the facts around Issue 9 by visiting our website. If able, please attend a School Board Meeting and speak with me and other board members individually. Finally, please remember Election Day is November 6th! On behalf of the Warrensville Heights City School District and School Board we thank you all for your continued support. Ray Freeman School Board President Class of 1981
As a proud graduate of the Warrenville Heights City School District—Class of 1981 and serving School Board Member since 2015, I have witnessed the evolution and growth of our district: integrated STEAM based courses, 1:1 technology programs, new afterschool partnerships with Karamu House and the YMCA and, a rise in graduates matriculating to colleges and universities like Kent State and Baldwin Wallace.
Our district administration and School Board team has been very conscious of our fiscal responsibility to our taxpayers. We have maintained our physical buildings to the best of our capabilities but, we are at a crossroads as the average age of our facilities is 63 years old. The Board of Education approved a Master Facilities Plan in order to reduce our school buildings from seven
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Favorable Financial Indicators Project a Healthy Future for WHCSD
Financial indicators can often depict the financial health of an organization. Favorable financial indicators of a school district can be: • Healthy fund balance • Balanced budget within resources • Economic development in the school community • Fiscal planning to maximize financial opportunities for the school community Warrensville Heights City School District currently has all the above Favorable Financial Indicators.
The District is entering its tenth year of spending within current resources, where current revenue is greater than current expenditures. This is a healthy financial indicator for the District that creates an advantage to taxpayers in regards to the levy cycle. Many school districts in Ohio are on a three to five year levy cycle where a new operating levy is on the ballot every three to five years. Levy Cycle & Its Impact on Residents
The levy cycle starts with a need for a new levy and ends as the cost of operations exceed revenue spending down the carryover funds. The current WHCSD five year forecast is funded for all five years with no immediate need for any new operating levies. The extended levy cycle for WHCSD is the result of prudent fiscal planning that the District continues to pursue. The Board of Education is initiating Board policy that addresses spending within current resources to push the operating levy cycle out further, maximizing this favorable financial indicator for taxpayers in the school community.
Property valuations are up 12% in the District, which is another positive financial indicator for the District. However, many taxpayers are wondering if their taxes will increase 12%. The answer is NO. The majority of FA L L 2 0 1 8
levies of the District have a limit of dollar collection and limit of tax rate (voted millage) due to House Bill 920 passed in 1976 by Ohio Revised Code. As property values increase, the county auditor decreases the tax rate so the same dollar amount is collected for the levy. The common exception HB 920 is inside millage, where the millage remains the same collecting at 100% without a tax rate decrease causing a minimal increase in taxes.
In Warrensville Heights, a home with the average value of $60,000 will see a $12.85 annual increase in real estate taxes after the valuation increase ($1.07 per month). The increase is minimal after the 12% valuation increase, which again is a great financial indicator for the District creating an attractive community to call home and for the credit worthiness of the District. A favorable credit rating will be a key factor for the finance of the second phase of the Master Facilities Plan. The Future is Bright
A combination Bond and Permanent Improvement levy will be on the ballot on November 6th to finance a new 6-12 campus for the District. The new PreK to 5 building (Phase One I) is already in action with the design stage and upcoming demolition of Randallwood. Phase One (I) was funded without a taxpayer vote or tax increase. However, Phase Two (II) which is the last phase needed to implement the Master Facilities Plan, will cost the average homeowner with a $60,000 home $12.25 per month.
The financial leadership team has created a finance model that minimizes the impact to local taxpayers and maximizes the opportunity to complete the Master Facilities Plan for the District. The favorable financial indicators listed above are the result of prudent and responsible fiscal planning by District Leadership and the Board of Education. These favorable financial indicators are providing for a healthy future at WHCSD.
Dr. Michael A. Rock Treasurer
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STEM is STEAMing up at Warrensville Heights High School
Warrensville Heights High has implemented two new Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) based programs for the 2018/2019 School Year. Project Lead The Way (PLTW): Biomedical Science and High School That Works Advanced Careers (HSTW): Innovation in Science and Technology.
The PLTW Biomedical Science students are taking on real-world challenges and, they are doing it before they even graduate from high school! Working with the same tools used by professionals in hospitals and labs, students engage in compelling, hands-on activities and work together to find solutions to problems. This 21st century coursework empowers students to build knowledge and skills in biomedical science, as well transferable skills like problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, and collaboration—all of which are essential for college, career and community.
The HSTW Advanced Careers: Innovations in Science and Technology STEM program is meant to engage, excite and inspire students. This learning will provide students with the knowledge and hands-on experiences they need to be successful in the new global workforce. For more information regarding PLTW Biomedical please contact Mr. Daniel Drew (email@example.com) and Advance Careers IST reach out to Mr. Nevin Jenkins (firstname.lastname@example.org). Want to see more of our STEAM based initiatives in action? Check out these options! • Join our STEAM Club! Open to all WHCSD scholar and their families. Enjoy fun, hands-on activities that will inspire critical thinking. For more information contact Ruth Ray at, email@example.com • Save the Date! Our annual district-wide STEAM Fair will take place on Tuesday, December 18th, 5-8PM, at the Warrenville Heights High School. • Check our news section of our website along with our social media pages to stay current with all STEAM happenings.
NEWS NUGGETS FATHERS WALK 2018—DADS SHOWED UP AND STUDENTS’ SMILES WERE OUT The Fathers Walk 2018 was held on Thursday, September 20th across the Warrensville Heights City School District and schools throughout Cuyahoga County. The Fathers Walk is a national annual event taking place early in the school year and hosted in more than 750 cities throughout the United States! In Cuyahoga County alone, over 150 schools participated in this year’s walk.
Research shows a father’s involvement is essential to promoting good classroom behavior, better grades and high educational attainment. And the Fathers Walk creates family support and celebrates education.
This year, we had approximately 300 WHCSD Fathers and Father figures participate! Check out our website, under ‘Photo Galleries’ for more pictures from this special day. 6
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KARAMU ARTS EDUCATION PROGRAM ANNOUNCED Drama – Vocal Music – Dance – Script Writing – If you are a WHCSD Scholar in grades 6-12 with an interest in any of these areas, the Karamu House Arts Residency Program wants you! Providing performing arts training taught by professionals, the program meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Warrensville Heights High School Auditorium.
Scholars will participate in skill-based, rigorous training, while being exposed to the professional standards of theater and mastery. The program also incorporates Ohio’s New Learning Standards in Social Studies, Literacy, Drama, and Dance.
Session I: Is already underway, with 13 students who are focusing on drama, dance/movement and creative writing. The culminating performance will be held on Friday, November 16th at 6:30 PM in the WHHS auditorium. Session II: Begins on Tuesday, February 19th where the focus will be on script writing and analysis. Have questions? Please contact:
Middle School, Kimberly Ford : 216.336.65786 firstname.lastname@example.org High School, Vida Posey : 216-336-6651 email@example.com
SALAD FOR LUNCH? IT’S ON OUR MENU! New this year for our Middle School Scholars is a full feature salad bar with all the toppings needed for a healthy lunch to fuel our scholars through their days of learning. At the high school, a brand new ice cream/ yogurt machine is now up and running!
Since just last year, we have revamped our school menus in order to focus on what our students actually want to eat and the types of foods they like. Each month, new items and entrees are incorporated so students get try to new things which includes homemade Chicken Alfredo and Sweet Potato Casserole—YUM!
#FOODBANKWEDNESDAYS AT WHCSD HIGH SCHOOL Did you know that we host a food bank every first and third Wednesday of the month during the school year? Stop by Warrensville Heights High School—Recreation Center between 3:30-6:00PM for fresh fruits, veggies and more! The food bank is open to everyone in all Tri-City communities. Simply bring an ID and something to carry out your produce in. Want to learn more? Visit our website and check out our calendar of events to see more offerings like our #FoodBankWednesdays.
SAVE THE DATE: DISTRICT-WIDE STEAM FAIR! The annual district-wide STEAM Fair will be held on Tuesday, December 18th at the WHCSD High School from 5:00-8:00PM. This family-friendly interactive fair is FREE and will showcase: • STEAM activities created by WHCSD scholars across all grades and schools • College and Career exhibits • Planetarium Shows • Musical Performances & Art Showcase Our STEAM curriculum is making an impact on the education of our scholars and prepping them to be college and career ready in our 21st century. Through our STEAM programming students will have the skills and knowledge needed to rise to the challenges before them as critical thinkers and effective problem solvers. LAUNCH INTO LEARNING Your gateway to the Universe awaits at WH High School in our very own #TigerPlanet Planetarium. This unique, state-of-the-art feature is only one of two located in a public school in the entire state of Ohio.
The Warrensville Heights Planetarium is capable of transporting you through space and time to view the wonders of the Universe! Our SciDome includes two types of real time simulation for exploring our universe and our planet – Starry Night Dome and The Layered Earth Dome. We offer K-12 school programs and public programs on evenings and weekends. Want to learn more or schedule a visit? Go to our website and click on, ‘Planetarium’ to view the current shows and their descriptions.
Want to view the monthly menu options for your child? Visit our website and search, “Nutrition Services” to view your child’s individual school breakfast and lunch offerings. SPRING 2018
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4500 Warrensville Center Road Warrensville Heights, OH 44128 @whcstigers @whcs_tigers @warrensvilletigers
Superintendent Donald J. Jolly II
Board of Education Ray Freeman, Board President Traci Mitchell, Vice President Michele Elba, Member Mimi Gaiter, Member Barbara Mumin, Member 216-865-4742 warrensville.k12.oh.us
Inside this Issue:
2 Voter approval needed for Issue 9
4 Please remember to Vote November 6th
5 Favorable financial future for WHCSD
6 STEM is STEAMing
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7 News Nuggets
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