CPS Board Votes to Ask Voters to Renew Levy

May 17, 2019

This week the Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education unanimously voted to ask the Cincinnati community to renew a school levy to continue to advance student achievement at Cincinnati Public Schools. This levy has passed three times previously with more than 60 percent of the vote.

The levy generates $65 million annually, supporting the district's ability to maintaining smaller, student-centric classrooms, investments in innovative curriculum through our Vision 2020 initiative, access to technology in the classrooms, hire highly qualified teachers and expand opportunities for graduates to be prepared beyond high school — enrolled in college, enlisted in the military and ultimately employed in their chosen career.

"We are grateful for the sustained support of the Cincinnati community, and we believe a 10-year renewal levy will provide the financial stability for the district to continue to expand opportunities for students and families, without raising taxes," said Carolyn Jones, President of the Board of Education.

"The Cincinnati Public Schools is focused on increasing student outcomes and achievement, and this renewal levy will sustain our strategic investments in our classrooms, strengthening our neighborhoods," said Laura Mitchell, Superintendent of Cincinnati Public Schools.

Cincinnati Public Schools is growing; 69 percent of students who reside in the 91-square-mile school district attend one of the district’s 63 schools.

Next year, CPS will expand Gamble Montessori High School in Westwood, and open the Clifton Area Neighborhood School and Gamble Montessori Elementary School to continue to offer more choices and opportunities to students and families.

The 10-year renewal levy will be on the November 5, 2019 ballot.