Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education Sustains Strategic Investments in Students’ Futures
(Cincinnati) - The Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education passed its budget for the 2019-2020 Fiscal Year Monday, sustaining strategic investments in the future of its nearly 36,000 students. The total CPS budget for 2019-2020 is $609,518,919, serving a projected enrollment of 35,544 students.
“Cincinnati Public Schools is committed to the future of Cincinnati’s public school children and the future of this city by ensuring our students are prepared for life,” said Laura Mitchell, Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools. “From expanding preschool, to investing in our neighborhood schools, and increasing the number of college-based and career-based learning opportunities, CPS is dedicating resources to drive academic outcomes and investing in our students’ futures.”
“Budgets reflect priorities, and with the passage of this budget, the Board of Education is prioritizing student achievement, employing a diverse and talented workforce, and establishing safe school environments that provide the building blocks for success in all of our 63 school communities,” said Carolyn Jones, President of the CPS Board of Education. “Our Board is dedicated to expanding preschool, enhancing parent choice at our neighborhood elementary schools, and creating innovative programming that inspire our young people to pursue their dreams.”
“Cincinnati Public Schools continues to practice fiscal responsibility to ensure we are good stewards of the investment taxpayers invest in the education of our children,” said Ryan Messer, chair of the CPS Board of Education Finance Committee. “As one of the few urban school districts seeing year over year growth, we continue to assess our funding and expenses with a critical eye while investing in the future.”
The budget invests more than $11.8 million in My Tomorrow, the District’s initiative to ensure all students graduate with a plan to pursue their chosen pathway: Enrolled in higher education; Enlisted in the military particularly the Service Academies; and ultimately Employed in a rewarding career.
The District will continue to expand Vision 2020 at six neighborhood schools this school year; this budget provides $3.6 million for the District’s 22 Vision 2020 schools, creating innovative academic programs for all students in our neighborhood schools. This year, CPS will add a fourth-grade class at LEAP Academy and a ninth-grade class at Spencer Center for Gifted and Exceptional Students.
More classrooms will be added to expand preschool opportunities to more than 1,500 preschoolers as part of the landmark Preschool Promise initiative. As the District enrollment continues to grow, CPS will open the Clifton Area Neighborhood School at the site of the former Clifton School, and add the former Mercy High School to the number of CPS campuses. CPS will add six new specialized classrooms and eight additional English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers.
The District’s budget maintains support for key services, including 14 additional security assistants, two additional Response Team members, two school counselors, more custodians, bus transportation for CPS students as well as charter and parochial students, and food service – which serves over ten million meals each year. The budget provides for expanded arts offerings and additional extra-curricular activities.
The District is also investing in its people, dedicating resources to talent development for teachers and administrators and making strategic hires to support academic outcomes at various schools. The District’s budget includes over $2.2 million for talent development, and over $275,000 for school safety and culture improvements.
“The District’s strategic investments in our staff and our facilities are critical drivers for student achievement,” said Jennifer Wagner, CPS Treasurer and CFO. “With the passage of this budget, our Board and Administration have demonstrated our commitment to ensuring our students are prepared for life.”
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