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SEPTEMBER BLOG: FHSD scores high in achievement, operating levy needed to protect high performance

One of the most enjoyable activities in which I participate is when I visit our schools to observe the outstanding instruction taking place. There is nothing like watching quality teachers working to ensure that every student is engaged, empowered and has opportunity to excel. This dedication from students and staff is highlighted in the state’s recent 2018-19 report card, which reinforces that our district continues to perform among the best districts in Ohio while operating in a fiscally efficient manner. 

Forest Hills’ performance index is among the top 10% statewide. In comparison to other districts of similar size, Forest Hills has the second highest achievement among Hamilton County school districts and the eighth highest statewide. There is no doubt our students are prepared for success. 

The state report card also demonstrates that Forest Hills is a good value to district residents. We dedicated more than 73 cents of every dollar to the classroom last year. More money is invested in our students than in 15 other Hamilton County school districts. Forest Hills spends $4.5 million more annually on classroom instruction than the average school in the state of Ohio - we continuously operate in a highly efficient manner to do more with less money.

And while we are thrilled with most of the data from sources like the state report card, facts and figures provide just one insight into the many great things taking place in our schools every day.

Our students perform among the best in the state and nation because of their access to personalized learning opportunities, experienced teachers, state-of-the-art technology and resources, a high-quality student life, and a supportive community. Forest Hills has a 4.7-mill operating levy on the November 5th ballot to provide crucial funding for day-to-day operations including teachers, supplies and utilities. Without continued investment from this community, the district will not be able to maintain its current level of services and education.  

During the upcoming months, I encourage you to visit our website to learn more about the district’s needs and why this operating levy is necessary. You can also join me for coffee and conversation at Servatti, located at 8315 Beechmont Avenue, from 8-10 a.m. on October 11, October 25 and November 1. I will be available during this time to discuss district operations and answer any questions. Additionally, please join us for the Building Showcase. All of the district’s facilities will be open to the public for tours. Our schools have undergone major transformations during the past four years and we’d like to celebrate that success with you. We’d also like to show you how our students benefit  immensely from the changes. 

I look forward to continuing this important community-wide conversation. As always, please reach out to me with any questions you may have at ScotPrebles@ForestHills.edu or 513-231-3600. 

Respectfully, 

Scot