District offering a strong return on community investment
Over the past few years, it has been exciting to see our Grandview Heights Schools Facilities Master Plan come to life.
Our new, state-of-the-art Larson Middle School offers a modern teaching and learning environment, secure vestibules, and transformational ADA access for staff and students. Once interior renovations to historic Grandview Heights High School are complete, we will be ready to serve our students and our community for generations to come.
None of this would be possible without the support of our generous residents of Grandview Heights and Marble Cliff. Thank you!
When you entrusted us with the additional resources needed to modernize our facilities, we committed to making this happen in the most efficient way possible for taxpayers. In fact, after the $55.25 million project, our bond mileage today is one thousandth less than when we began planning for facility improvements in 2015. (A mill is $35 a year for $100,000 property valuation.) This is truly remarkable.
The 2019 renegotiation of the Grandview Yard Agreement between the City of Grandview Heights and Nationwide Realty Investors, Ltd. provided an increased annual revenue stream to the school district. The additional annual revenue has allowed the district to reduce tax collections from residents, resulting in a tax rate of just $3.7 million in 2022. This agreement also maintained original funding for the school district, which continues to support spending. general operation.
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Additionally, since 2015, the district’s levy bond has been reduced by 2.76 mills due to the lifting of the 1996 levy bond, meaning the project has been paid back by taxpayers. This means that the net increase in tax from the start of facility planning to project completion is less than 1 mill of additional tax.
In fact, Grandview Heights schools have the third lowest overall school taxes per $100,000 property assessment in Franklin County, while earning top honors for academic excellence.
Highlights in 2021 include our Ohio State Report Card Performance Index (PI) score, which measures how well each student performed on state tests. At 101.1, we rank #1 in Franklin County and among the top 4% in the state.
In the Prepared for Success category, we scored 97.2%, placing the district in the top 1% in Ohio. This component examines how well our students are prepared for future opportunities, whether it is training in a technical field or preparing for work or college. Additionally, Grandview Heights High School was named to the list of Top 20 High Schools in Ohio by U.S. News & World Report. These accolades prove that our unique model works. This information and much more is contained in our 2022 Quality Profile, which residents will soon find in their mailboxes.
The Grandview Heights Marble Cliff community is a great place to live and work. Our tax base continues to grow, and residents and businesses invest in our community. The broader the tax base, the more resources and funding there are for our schools. This collective investment by our community in our new facilities provides our students and staff with excellent schools at a good value for taxpayers.
Andy Culp is Superintendent of Grandview Heights Schools.