What is the issue you’ve placed on the ballot?
The issue is an 8.7 mill operating issue, and will appear on the November 3rd ballot. This issue will provide our schools with funds to provide quality education and build on our students’ academic growth.
How are the Euclid Schools improving?
The truth is our schools are getting better. Euclid High School’s 4-year graduation rate increased by five percent. More than 93% of third-graders met the Third Grade Reading Guarantee requirements. The State reports that the academic performance of our students has improved for each of the last four years. Students who need academic help are closing the gap and catching up rapidly. This issue will provide our schools with the resources to protect and build on that progress.
You passed a bond issue in 2016. Why are you asking for this issue?
In 2016, voters approved Issue 111 - a bond issue to rebuild our high school and middle school, and create an Early Learning Village for pre-K and Kindergarten learners. By law, school districts can only use bond issue funds for school construction. Our leadership also promised to use Issue 111 funds for facilities. This new operating issue will provide our schools with the day-to-day funds needed to build on our academic growth.
What will happen without this issue?
Without this issue, the Euclid Schools will be forced to make additional and significant cuts that will negatively affect our students’ academic growth and progress. Those cuts include teachers, administrators, athletics, and the arts.
When is Election Day?
Election Day is Tuesday, November 3rd 2020. Polls are open from 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. You can find your polling location at www.myohiovote.com.
Can I vote early?
Early voting begins October 6th. You can vote early in person at the Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. You can also request an absentee ballot and vote from home at www.boe.cuyahogacounty.us/ and click “Vote-by-Mail” along the left side of the screen.
I’m not sure if I’m registered to vote at the correct address. How can I check or update my registration?
You can check your registration, update your voter registration. or register to vote at www.myohiovote.com. You can also register or update your registration by picking up an application at Euclid High School, Euclid Public Library, or Shore Cultural Center, and mailing the completed application to the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115. Lastly, you can register or update your application in person at the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, located at 2925 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland OH 44115
How does the average teacher pay at Euclid Schools match up to other districts?
Euclid City Schools makes every effort to recruit and retain the very best teachers for our classrooms. As we all know, the teachers salaries are shaped by the competitive market in the Greater Cleveland Area. Our average teacher salary is in the lowest 25 percent of Cuyahoga County. Despite this statistic, our staff is professional, highly knowledgeable and above all passionate about working with children and supporting families.
Why does Euclid City Schools need these funds?
The district lost $5.6 million annually when the renewal levy failed in 2018. This required the district to make significant cuts that included reducing transportation for grades 1st through 8th to the state minimum of students who live more than 2 miles from school. We are asking the public to restore our funding to the level it was prior to the defeat of the renewal levy. We have less money than we need to provide the level of services and education that Euclid’s children must have to be successful in life. More cuts will be needed if the levy fails.
How much will this cost?
The owner of a $75,000 home will pay about $19 a month.
How do we know that you are spending money wisely?
Euclid Schools earned the Auditor of State Award with Distinction and had no audit findings. Our average teacher salary is in the lowest 20 percent of Cuyahoga County and our average administrator salary is the lowest in the county.
The district made $1.6 million in cuts before asking voters to approve the 2018 renewal levy. We made the cuts through staff reductions, purchased services cuts and tightening our administrative belts. If the cuts were not made, the district would have had to ask for additional money in 2018 instead of asking voters to approve what the district was already receiving.
I don’t have children in school. Why should I vote for the issue?
More than 3,000 community events took place in Euclid Schools’ facilities. Community members of all ages are invited to use our facilities like our pool and track. Various independent youth athletic tournaments that use these facilities bring thousands of visitors to Euclid who patronize its restaurants and businesses. Organizations like homeowners associations and scouting programs use our buildings.