Cincinnati Public Schools is expected to continue to enroll more students and sustain its balanced budget in the 2020-21 School Year according to two reports issued Monday.
Sarah Trimble-Oliver, the district's chief strategy officer, told the Cincinnati Board of Education that enrollment projections have been on the upswing for eight consecutive years.
At the November 18 board meeting, Oliver said the district's enrollment is expected to hit 36,862, an increase of 496 students. Much of the growth is stemming on the city's west side, specifically from Price Hill, Western Hills and Westwood.
CPS's enrollment was 80 students over projections this year, reaching 36,366, an increase of 553 students from the previous year.
Other points from Oliver's report:
- There has been an 18 percent decline in CPS students leaving the district for charter schools over the past four years;
- CPS increased preschool enrollment by a net 142 students this year;
- 68.5 percent of school-age children in grades kindergarten through 12th grade attend a CPS school.
The five-year budget forecast for CPS shows that district has exercised financial leadership and will see cash balances for the next four fiscal years. In addition, the State of Ohio created a new Student Wellness and Success fund to support positive behavior interventions and school culture efforts. CPS has been granted $8.6 million in Fiscal Year 20 and $12.1 million in Fiscal Year 2021; the funds can only be used for the purposes of student well-being.