Thursday, March 28, 2013
The 5-mill operating levy will come before voters on May 7.
Want to learn more about the Westlake City Schools proposed 5-mill operating levy? Next month, Citizens for Westlake Schools will hold its second public meeting on the levy, which will come before voters on May 7. Superintendent Dan Keenan is set to make a presentation, followed by a Q & A session. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on April 11 in Westlake Porter Public Library.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
The Citizens for Westlake Schools will hold two informational sessions to inform the community about the Westlake City Schools 5-mill levy on the May 7 ballot.
Monday, March 11, 2013
District earns "Excellent with Distinction," Meets AYP
Westlake Schools are once again “Excellent.” For the 13th straight year, the District has earned an “Excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education. And for the second straight year, it has received the “with Distinction” honor, the highest rating a district can receive. The state finalized ratings after a statewide review. The district also met the “value added” component of Adequate Yearly Progress requirements (AYP), which measures how effective the district is with certain subgroups. To meet an indicator, the district must meet a minimal 75 percent. Here’s how grade levels scored for the 2011-12 school year: The district had an all-grade attendance rate of 95.5 percent and a four-year graduation rate of 92.7.
Friday, February 8, 2013
The superintendent said it was too early in the process to comment about specifics.
If Gov. John Kasich’s budget proposal goes forward, the Westlake schools wouldn’t gain or lose any money in the next two years. The governor revealed his school funding reform plan last week, promising that no districts would lose money in the next two years under his proposal. The proposal aims to close the gap between high- and low-income districts and, Kasich said, it would be fully funded from the start. The state supreme court has repeatedly found Ohio's school funding system to be unconstitutional. A plan proposed by former Gov. Ted Strickland also aimed to address this, but was not fully funded when passed. Kasich's overall budget proposal was announced on Monday. According to figures released by the state’s Office of Budget and …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The board voted to put the levy on the ballot during its meeting on Monday.
On Monday, the Westlake Board of Education voted to put a 5.9-mill operating levy on the May 7 ballot. The last operating levy passed in Westlake in 2006, according to a press release from the district. The board decided to move forward with the levy after reaching a new contract agreement with the teachers union. The new agreement includes a pay cut during the time of the 18-month contract, along with increased health care costs for teachers. Read more about the new contract here. The agreement is expected to save the district more than $5 million, according to the release. For more:
Friday, February 1, 2013
Classes have been canceled.
There is no class for students in the Westlake City Schools on Friday, Feb. 1, because of the weather, according to a message posted on the district’s website. Cleveland.com reports that more than 100 schools and districts in the area are closed because of the snow and bitterly cold temperatures. See here for the full list. The National Weather Service has the area under a lake effect snow warning until 6 a.m. on Saturday.
The decision is not final, and further discussion will take place on Monday.
The Westlake Board of Education has given the treasurer the go-ahead to see how much money a 5.9-mill levy would generate, said board President Tom Mays. That move is actually the first step to putting a levy on the May 2013 ballot. The board will discuss whether to put that levy on the May 7 ballot during its next meeting on Monday, Mays said. If they decide to do that, the board would vote to submit the proper paperwork to the county Board of Elections, and everything must be filed by Feb. 6. This discussion first came up in mid-January. At the time, the board did plan to put a levy before voters in 2013, but members were still undecided if the levy should go on the May or November ballots.
Friday, January 18, 2013
Should the district put a levy on the May 7 ballot? Take our poll and tell us what you think.
Now that Westlake City Schools has a new contract with the teachers' union, attention is turning towards school funding. The last operating levy was passed in 2006, said superintendant Dan Keenan. It was originally intended to be for four years. At Wednesday's meeting of the Board of Education where the teachers' contract was approved, board members began talking about a new levy. The board did not decide what the millage rate would be for a levy. Keenan estimated that it would be anywhere between 5.9 and 6.5 mills. According the the Cuyahoga County Auditor's Office, one mill of taxes equals $1 tax per $1,000 of assessed property value. If a levy is to be on the ballot for the May 7 primary election, the district must file with the …
The work of the students of Westlake High School and Lee Burneson Middle School will be on display at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Nine Westlake City Schools students won Gold Key Awards in the Cuyahoga County Scholastic Art & Writing Competition. Five of the winners were from Westlake High School, four were from Lee Burneson Middle School. The competition honors creative achievement by students in Cuyahoga County in seventh through 12th grades. Judging was done by a panel of local professional artists, art educators, writers and writing educators. Here is a list of all the winners and their art medium. Westlake High winners who won four Gold Key awards: Lee Burneson Middle School Double Gold Key Winner: Other Gold Key Winners at Lee Burneson include: All Gold Key winners’ artwork will go on to national competition this spring in New York City. Silver Key winners …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Health care and prescription drug costs increased in deal approved by teachers, school board on Wednesday.