CISE Quarterly Newsletter – Message from Phil McHugh

Welcome to the third edition of CISE Quarterly Newsletter.

As many of you are aware, St. Joseph’s school will close for the 2023-2024 school year. While we respect the decision of the parish council and pastor of St. Joseph’s along with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, we are saddened by this decision. Our efforts have been focused on providing whatever assistance CISE can to transition the students and teachers to another Catholic school. I am happy to report that great progress has been made in this regard for both the students and the teachers. We will continue to track these students and provide the resources needed.

Good News – The state of Ohio recently increased the Ohio EdChoice vouchers beginning July 1, 2023. The EdChoice Scholarship amount is now $6,165 for grades K-8 and $8,407 for grades 9-12. EdChoice will pay either the scholarship amount or the private school’s actual tuition amount, whichever is less.

Beginning this fall, we will have the largest number of CISE elementary students enrolled in a local, Catholic high school. We expect an enrollment of 148 students. Many thanks to our local, Catholic high schools for their partnership!

Finally, as we prepare for our 2023 campaign, I am grateful to Liz Niehaus and Don Mellott who have agreed to serve as Co-Chairs of this campaign. Both Liz and Don have been terrific supporters of CISE, and we look forward to working with them. Please watch your mail in mid-August for our campaign letter and the 2023 Annual Report.

In gratitude,

Philip R. McHugh
President & Executive Director