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Richmond Heights schools are built on a more equitable educational opportunity.guest column

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With every challenge comes opportunity. Whether it’s a global pandemic or an unconstitutional school funding system, Richmond Heights Local Schools remains committed to providing an equitable educational experience for all students.

Over the past two years, we have continued to work towards this mission and that of preparing learners to navigate an ever-changing world.

Extended programming, extended community

Despite the upheaval caused by COVID-19, Richmond Heights plans to expand hands-on learning opportunities, create more communal spaces for students, and serve as a community center for residents and businesses. proceeded with plans for a new school with an emphasis on

The 2022-23 school year will mark the second school year in which students will study at a high school that houses grades 7-12. The new school gave the Richmond Heights school the opportunity to introduce 21st-century facilities and a cutting-edge curriculum. Flight simulators and drones added to aviation classrooms, an expanded Makerspace where students put concepts learned in the classroom into practice through product design and manufacturing, an early college early career program in partnership with MAGNET, and more. .

The new learning center also includes the Richmond Heights Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library, a multi-purpose auditorium for community-wide events, and a gymnasium that can host basketball tournaments. Showcasing our state-of-the-art facilities and serving as a resource helps make our community stronger.

Leading the fight for fair school funding

The Richmond Heights School is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit declaring the Ohio School Voucher Program unconstitutional. The lawsuit was filed earlier this year and involves nearly 100 other school districts statewide. The lawsuit alleges that the vouchers are primarily used by non-minority students, even though the program was intended to help economically disadvantaged minority students. includes Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools as the lead plaintiff, as well as Columbus and Lima City Schools.

Likewise, the state’s new school funding model, the Fair Schools Funding Plan, is also cause for concern. Public schools are funded by state and local taxpayers. The new plan takes into account the district’s wealth-to-tax ratio and the ability of community members to pay. Based on the fact that current forecasts and plans are being phased over his six years, our district will be more dependent on the local dollar in his 2022 and he’s 2023 than before. Become.

As a result of this and recent economic developments, our school district is considering replacing the property tax with an income tax because new funding is not coming to our schools. Early data show this could be a more equitable way to tax residents while continuing to provide the best possible education. To find out more and share your thoughts, visit Check back soon for more details.

small but mighty

A tribute to the richmond heights state champions in men’s basketball.

Renee Willis is the principal of Richmond Heights Local Schools.