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Cincinnati Public Schools Move Toward Finalizing Budget

Stakeholders will have one more chance to provide input on next year’s Cincinnati Public Schools budget. The school board held the first of two public input sessions Tuesday night in Avondale.

The $534 million plan is $36 million higher than the one about to expire. Much of the increase will go toward expanding the district’s My Tomorrow initiative as it enters its second year.

Several members of the public attended the Tuesday night hearing, but none of them directly addressed the budget.

Officials say the new money will allow for a more rigorous curriculum in more grades, additional counselors and advanced placement courses, and improved student access to technology. Those are all part of the long-term My Tomorrow program designed to steer students to greater success after they graduate.

Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Wagner crafted the budget. She says the district will hire eight new graduation coaches and counselors, seven advanced placement and blended learning instructors and eight year computer technicians to boost My Tomorrow. The spending blueprint will also accommodate an anticipated enrollment increase and another round of pay hikes for teachers who went several years without any.

Board member Elisa Hoffmann says officials are excited that the higher budget will directly support students. The board is scheduled to hear from the public on the budget one more time, on June 22, and members plan to finalize the plan at that meeting. The state deadline for having a budget is June 30.