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The Sound of Ideas Community Tour: Education in Warrensville Heights

Credit: Kayla Pallas/WHSCD

Usually, a “D” on a report card would be cause for concern, but for the Warrensville Heights School District, it showed progress.

The once-failing district narrowly avoided a state takeover last fall by raising its state report card mark from “F” to “D.”  And this month, it saw even more overall improvement, earning a “C.”

What are they doing that other districts aren’t? Other urban districts like Lorain, Youngstown and East Cleveland all are under state control after multiple fails.

On the fifth stop of The Sound of Ideas Community Tour, hosted by Mike McIntyre, we engaged in an interactive conversation with the school superintendent, community leaders and residents about the challenges facing inner-ring school districts like Warrensville Heights and what it takes to avoid a failing grade. It was held at the Warrensville Heights Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library.


-Donald Jolly II, Superintendent, Warrensville Heights City School District  

-Traci Mitchell, Board President, Warrensville Heights City School District  

-Brad Sellers, Mayor, City of Warrensville Heights

- David Hughley III, Senior, Warrensville Heights High School 

-Jessica Rini, Title 1 Math Intervention Teacher, Eastwood Elementary School 

-Rachel Bruce, First Grade Teacher, John Dewey Elementary School & District Parent

Rachel is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”