Previous School Year News

June 28, 2018

Board passes budget for 2019-20 Fiscal Year

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.”

Contact: Lauren B. Worley
Chief Communications and Engagement Officer
Cincinnati Public Schools
Mobile: 513-628-0016
Phone: 513-363-0023


June 28, 2018

Civil War-era diary discovered at Riverview East Academy

Fox TV screenA diary that was found in a secretary's desk at Riverview East Academy features the school's assistant principal Jason Dearwester. The diary dates back to the Civil War. Although the diary was turned over to the Historical Society, the school made a digital copy that teachers can access for teaching purposes.


June 22, 2018

Board Seeks Applicants for SPEC Committee

Board of Education Strategic Engagement and Planning Committee

The Cincinnati Public Schools’ Board of Education has announced the creation of its Strategic Engagement and Planning Committee.

Through deep and authentic community engagement, District involvement, and stakeholder participation, the Strategic Planning and Engagement Committee is charged with developing a strategic plan for Cincinnati Public Schools (“CPS”) by the start of the 2019-20 school year. The strategic plan shall promote CPS’ commitment to equity and excellence.

The Board will appoint five community members to this committee to seek input from and generate awareness of the Board’s strategic planning work throughout the CPS community.

Interested parties will be appointed by the Board to serve through the start of the 2019-20 school year – which is the deadline for SPEC to complete its work of developing a strategic plan. The Committee will be meeting monthly, and some work may need to occur outside the regularly scheduled meetings.

Interested applicants should submit an application, resume, and a cover letter explaining why they’re interested in participating in the Board’s committee. Application materials should be sent to the Board Office no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, July 6. Individuals with questions should contact Phyllis Davis.


June 19, 2018

We’re Hiring


CPS is hiring substitute teachers, paraprofessionals, food service workers and other civil service positions to serve our growing 36,000 student population. The school district is one of the largest employers in the Cincinnati region with 4,500 employees.


  • 2-5 p.m. June 22
  • Meet with hiring managers
  • Apply for open positions
  • Same-day interviews and job offers                   


  • Education Center, 2651 Burnet Ave.


Candidates must bring the following: 

  • Official transcript
  • License from Ohio Department of Education (paraprofessional and substitute teaching positions)
  • Birth Certificate 
  • Social Security Card
  • Driver’s license or state ID
  • Banking information for payroll

CPS will require background checks upon hiring

For more information about credentials, background checks and career opportunities, or to apply online before interviewing visit: or call Julia Indalecio, recruiting and staffing manager, 513-363-0138


January 17, 2018

CPS' Online Program might be just right for your child

Cincinnati Public Schools offers an alternative to the traditional classroom that may be just right for your child.

Enroll your child, now, in the Cincinnati Digital Academy, an online program from Cincinnati Public Schools for grades K-12. It’s flexible, convenient, and free.

If your child is currently enrolled in the Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow, Cincinnati Public Schools wants to welcome your child back to our district. We offer a rigorous, college-preparatory, standards-based curriculum complemented by an array of highly qualified teachers and administrators who are dedicated to your child’s success.

CPS will provide all the tools your child needs for success. As a student at Cincinnati Digital Academy, your child can also take advantage of the sports, enrichment and extracurricular activities at your neighborhood school.

  • Free, high quality laptop computer with Internet access and technical support.
  • Access to online textbooks, science labs and other supplemental materials.
  • An array of fine arts and elective courses.
  • French and Spanish foreign language courses.
  • Enrichment opportunities.
  • Semester report cards mailed to your home.

You can enroll your child in the Cincinnati Digital Academy today. CPS has created a Registration Gateway for online enrollment form submission. CPS has also established a dedicated hotline to answer parents’ questions; parents can contact our Customer Help Center at 513-363-0570.

Additional information and our enrollment forms can be found on our website.


November 21, 2017

Fifty years, Fifty miles — No Limits

Withrow High School Principal to Showcase “No Limits” Policy with 50-Mile Run on the School’s Track

Principal Corey runs with studentsLife can be challenging at times. But, with the right mindset, you can achieve anything you want. That’s the message Jack Corey, principal of Withrow University High School, wants his students to remember. So, to prove it, he will run 50 miles around the school’s track in celebration of his 50th birthday on Tuesday, November 21, 2017.
“I talk with students all the time about how you can limit yourself based on what you think you can do and what others say you can do,” Corey said. “I want them to know that most of the limitations we have in life are self-imposed,” Corey said.
So, starting at 4:30 a.m. on November 21, Corey will begin his laps around the track. Every fourth lap will equal a mile. It should take him about 10 hours to complete the activity, and he will allow students to run with him throughout the day.


November 16, 2017

CPS Launches “Making Progress” Podcast

CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell discusses the importance of public education in driving economic development

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Public Schools (CPS) has launched a new way to share how the district is preparing students for success throughout their lives. “Making Progress with Laura Mitchell” is a new podcast series in which host Clyde Gray and CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell discuss strategic priorities, new initiatives and partnerships designed to strengthen the city’s public schools. Episode one, “Meet Laura Mitchell,” is available for listening.

The pilot episode was taped inside the Corbett Theater at Mitchell’s alma mater, the School for Creative and Performing Arts. Mitchell and Gray discuss a wide range of topics, from Mitchell’s takeaways from her first 90 days as superintendent to strategic partnerships that will help develop the region’s future workforce and ultimately drive economic growth.

“I want Cincinnati Public Schools to be a place of destination,” said Mitchell. “I want our district to be one that draws families to our city and neighborhoods. We’re implementing strategies to bring this vision to life, and I am excited to share the details with our stakeholders.”


November 8, 2017

CPS Superintendent Statement Regarding Renewal Levy Passage

Cincinnati (OH) — Cincinnati Public School District Superintendent Laura Mitchell released this statement regarding the passage of Issue 24, the district’s renewal levy request:

“We are grateful to the voters of the Cincinnati Public School District for approving our renewal levy, sustaining our innovative educational initiatives that ensure our students are prepared for life.

“This levy will support CPS’s significant student growth and overall performance. Our parents are voting with their feet — more families are moving into the Cincinnati Public School District and choosing CPS for their kids’ education. Our enrollment has grown over the past six years, and to keep pace with this rapid growth, we’ve opened three new schools just this year.

“Through our Vision 2020 campaign, we are reinvesting in our neighborhood schools by embedding programs comparable to what we offer in our popular magnet schools.

“We will continue to prioritize our My Tomorrow initiative, which helps every seventh grader develop a plan to graduate in six years into their chosen career path. An incredible 96 percent of our Class of 2017 seniors graduated with a confirmed career path — including 83 percent who have been accepted into a two- or four-year college or trade school.

“At Cincinnati Public Schools, our students start here and go higher. With the passage of this levy, we can get them there faster.”

Contact: Lauren Worley, Chief Communications and Engagement Officer


November 6, 2017

Cincinnatus Awards 2018 Nominations

The Cincinnatus Association is now accepting nominations for the 2018 Cincinnatus Awards:

  • The James N. Jacobs Award, which recognizes outstanding administration
  • The John E. Pepper Award, which recognizes outstanding volunteers
  • The Cincinnatus Woodward Trust Award, which recognizes distinguished teaching

The deadline for submissions is December 8, 2017. Awardees and nominators will be honored at a celebratory banquet the evening of Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at the Cintas Center Banquet Room at Xavier University. In addition to recognition at this February event, each awardee will receive a monetary award.

View more information and download forms at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Service website.


October 18, 2017

CPS Board of Education Names Timmons to Board

Mr. Lannis TimmonsCincinnati (OH) – Today Cincinnati Public School District Board of Education unanimously voted to select Mr. Lannis J. Timmons of Cincinnati to serve on the Board through December 31, 2019. Timmons was appointed to serve the remainder of the term formerly held by Mr. A. Chris Nelms, who passed away in September.

“As a former teacher and coach within Cincinnati Public Schools, Mr. Timmons brings a strong background in education and leadership to the Board,” said Ericka Copeland-Dansby, President of the Cincinnati Public School District Board of Education. “We are excited to appoint a candidate who has committed his career to supporting the education of our students.”

Timmons, a graduate of Woodward High School and Central State University, has been a teacher and coach in Cincinnati Public Schools. He first taught physical education at Sawyer Junior High School in 1976 to 1977, and Western Hills High School from 1998 to 2001. After a brief stint in Middletown, he returned to Western Hills in 1995 as the head basketball coach, where he was named “Coach of the Year” in 1999, 2000 and 2001. In 2003, he took his talents to Woodward High School, where he was a physical education teacher and head basketball coach. Timmons retired in 2013.

“As a retired school teacher and coach in the Cincinnati Public School District, I’m passionate about kids and education,” Timmons said. “I’m honored to work with those who now dedicate their time and talents to our school system, our children and our community.”