Issue 11


Issue 11

On May 4, 2021, the Rocky River City Schools will have a 4.9 mill property tax levy (Issue 11) on the ballot. At this time, a 1.0 mill levy will be expiring, making the actual cost to homeowners 3.9 mill.

The quality of our schools is our number one priority. The passage of this levy will ensure the continuance of critical school operations necessary to keep our academics strong, our schools safe and our students healthy, both mentally and physically.

Informational Video

  • Programming to support the academic, social and emotional health of our students will remain strong.
  • A continuity of essential services such as faculty and staff required to maintain class sizes, our school resource officer program, a nurse in each school, expanded K-5 nutrition services for students and a technology refresh program will be ensured.
  • Operational monies will be provided to keep up with facility and transportation maintenance and allow the district to replace key items such as boilers, buses, roofs, parking lots, etc. without the need for a bond issue.
  • Property value will be protected.
  • The operating funds will allow Rocky River City Schools to support the day-to-day operations required to maintain a high-quality education and programs for our students
  • .25 mill of the 4.9 mill will be dedicated to permanent improvements.
  • The levy will cost the owner of a $100,000 home approximately $14.29/month. 
  • However, there is a 1.0 mill levy is expiring, making the actual cost to a homeowner $11.74/month per $100,000 in home value
  • The district has received the Auditor of State Award with Distinction.
  • The district has worked hard to aggressively contain costs in a number of ways and has implemented several cost-saving measures, including:
    • A retirement incentive in 2019-2020 that yielded four additional teacher retirements, projected to save over $600,000 over a five-year period.
    • An energy conservation capital project completed in 2019 (new lighting, HVAC controls) projected to provide energy savings of $171,000 per year.
    • Participation in the consortium/group purchasing for health care, utilities, food, equipment and materials.
    • Partnership with the City of Rocky River, which includes funding for the artificial turf field, gasoline purchasing and facility usage (ice rink, tennis courts).
    • Refinancing outstanding bonds, which will provide a reduction of 1 mill of debt service property tax millage starting in January of 2022.
    • Managing and investing district funds to provide a return on investment within the confines of state law and board policy.
    • The elimination of an administrative position.
  • The last operating levy was passed in 2017.
  • The district has worked hard to aggressively contain costs in a number of ways and has implemented several cost-saving measures.
  • These efforts have helped recent levies stretch four or five years instead of the traditional three years.
  • As a result, the district has eliminated one full levy cycle, amounting to 4.9 mills.
  • This levy will ensure a balanced budget for at least four more years.

RRCSD Highlights

  • Five National Blue Ribbon Awards, including one each by Kensington Intermediate School and Rocky River Middle School and three by Rocky River High School.
  • RRHS was one of just 16 schools in Ohio, and the only high school in the state, to earn a National Blue Ribbon Award in 2020.
  • Ranked among the top-10 districts by the Ohio Department of Education in the state in each of the last 10 years.
  • Received the Overall "A" Award on the latest State Report Card.
  • Consistently ranked in the prestigious top-10 list of Cleveland area schools in Cleveland Magazine.
  • RRHS has been named among the Best High Schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.
  • RRCSD honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The National Association of Music Merchants Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.
  • Students can participate in more than 90 activities, athletics and clubs throughout the district.
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