FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Statement from Warrensville Heights City School District Regarding Ohio Supreme Court Ruling
(Warrensville Heights, Oh.) Today the Ohio Supreme Court, in a split decision, ruled that a Settlement Agreement entered into in 1997 between the Warrensville Heights City Schools and the Beachwood City Schools to share educational services and programs and to share tax dollars stemming from the eventual development of the then vacant Chagrin-Highlands territory is enforceable.
Warrensville City Schools had argued, among other things, that to send tax dollars away from one school district to another school district, approval by the Ohio State Board of Education was required but never occurred.
The litigation now returns to the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas for further proceedings. According to Superintendent Donald Jolly, “The Common Pleas Court must now determine remaining legal issues including the amount of Chagrin-Highland tax proceeds that must be diverted from the Warrensville Heights City Schools to the Beachwood City Schools and how the two school districts will begin sharing educational programs.” The Warrensville Heights Board of Education will be meeting in the near future to discuss the Supreme Court’s decision and related litigation issues.