Highlights from Kent's two terms on the Euclid School Board
Test Scores Have Risen
When I began my first campaign in 2001, the Euclid Schools were in Academic Emergency. In 2005, I pledged that if the Euclid Schools did not get into Continuous Improvement I would not run in 2009. The district achieved Continuous Improvement status at the end of the 2006 school year and test scores have remained strong.
The Finances Are In Order
In 2008, the Ohio Auditor gave the Euclid School System the "Making Your Tax Dollars Count" award. Fewer than 5% of all Ohio government agencies receive this honor.
Euclid High School Was Named A "National Overachiever"
According to the Diplomas Count 2009 study, the Euclid High School graduation rate and ten-year graduation trend (1996-2006) was highlighted as being the best in Ohio and among the ten best in the nation for larger urban districts.
We Are Building Towards The Future
In November 2009, our School District has a chance to access state dollars to build brand new elementary schools. The State of Ohio would cover 40% of the overall costs of this project. We can replace the oldest schools in the city, while we create jobs for Euclid residents and provide business for Euclid industries.
As a Board Member, I have not missed a meeting of the Euclid School's Facilities Steering Committee. My PhD focus area of Economic Development makes me uniquely qualified to help plan the district's future building process. The last major building project in 2004 came in under-budget and won our then Business Manager, the Ohio Business Manager of the Year Award. We can give our children new schools while we build smart, stretch our dollars and help grow Euclid's economy.