How will Issue 111 funds be used?
Issue 111 is a bond issue. The funds from Issue 111 will be used to Finish the Job that was started
with our new elementary schools in 2009. This includes:
- Rebuilding Euclid High School.
- Building a new middle school on the high school campus.
- Building a new Early Learning Village at the Forest Park site.
- Working with a partner to convert the Central Middle School site to parks and green space.
- Upgrading and renovating Sparky DiBiasio stadium and nearby spaces in Memorial Park.
Why should I vote for Issue 111?
Issue 111 is an investment in our community. New schools attract families to Euclid and keep them in the city. Research has shown that property values increase when school issues pass. The new schools will be an asset to our community, expanding and improving recreation and wellness facilities, adding to and creating after-school learning opportunities for students and community members, and completing the pipeline for Euclid’s students from preschool through high school graduation. The new schools have and will continue to produce a return on investment today and into the future.
How much will Issue 111 cost?
It will cost the average Euclid homeowner approximately $16 per month, with the state investing $40 million if we approve Issue 111.
Why is the State of Ohio giving us $40 million for this project?
The Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC) works with school districts throughout the
state to support school facilities projects by paying a portion of the cost. The funding for each
project is available only for a limited time, and is contingent upon local voters agreeing to pay a
portion of the cost, indicated by passing a bond issue like Issue 111. The pot of money available
from the OFCC is limited, and Euclid’s agreement with the OFCC will expire after this election, at
which point the district will miss out on this opportunity.
Why do kids need new facilities?
Just like there have been advances in science and medicine, there have been major advances in
the field of education and school facilities. The buildings that supported the educational needs of
the 20th century do not meet the needs of 21st century learners. Preparing students for the global
workplace requires updated infrastructure. Though Euclid Schools’ staff and teachers are
equipped to prepare students for successful futures, the outdated facilities create barriers to a
modern learning environment. Euclid High School was built in 1948 and is in desperate need of
repair. Just to keep the building warm, safe, and dry it would cost between $20-25 million dollars.
There is no funding from the state to help with these costs.
Do new facilities improve student outcomes?
Research proves the link between improved school facilities and various student outcomes such
as improved graduation and attendance rates, increases in achievement test scores, reduced
suspension rates, increased teacher retention, and other measures. In Euclid, since the new
elementary schools were built, we’ve seen K-5 enrollment increase and transience rates
decrease. In addition, our district has earned an overall “Value Added” grade of “A” three out of
the last four years. This indicator measures student progress made during one year of school.
What have the new elementary schools provided for the community?
Since 2012, when the new elementary schools were completed, the Euclid district has been
improving. As documented by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Euclid Schools are moving in the
right direction, despite facing numerous state testing changes. In 2015-2016, Euclid schools
received an A grade in overall Value Added. This metric shows that students who enter Euclid
schools made significantly more than one year’s growth.
Why do we need an expanded early learning center?
Research shows that 90% of a child’s brain develops in the first five years of life. Investments in early learning pay off throughout school and life, including reduced rates of special education, higher likelihood of reading on grade level at third-grade, graduating high school, and relying less on social services into adulthood. Euclid’s existing Early Learning Center has received the highest rating from the State of Ohio. By adding kindergarten students to the Early Learning Center in a new facility, the crucial transition from preschool to kindergarten will be smoother for children and their developmental needs will be met, creating the strong foundation that children need to be successful in school and beyond.
What’s happening to Euclid Schools’ enrollment?
Euclid’s kindergarten through 5th grade enrollment is growing and transience has reduced since the new elementary schools opened. In 2012, Euclid Schools saw an increase in enrollment that has been stabilized over the past four years.