State Representative Marlene Anielski (R-Walton Hills) introduced five bills today that would create an additional funding source for several schools in Cuyahoga County.


The pieces of legislation would create specialty license plates for Cleveland St. Ignatius High School, Lakewood St. Edward High School, Mayfield City Schools, Solon City Schools, and Brecksville-Broadview Heights City Schools. With the purchase of the specialty license plates, the school will receive additional funding that will be designated to assist in the emotional and mental well-being of the students, as well as tuition assistance for the private high schools.


Under the legislation, any Ohio resident who wishes to support one of these schools can purchase the appropriate license plate, which will showcase each school’s design. There will be an additional charge of $40 on top of the original costs for the plate—$10 to be used by the BMV for their administrative purposesby and $30 to be directly earmarked to the corresponding schools. Purchasers of the plates shall remain anonymous from any school database, unless they complete a consent form to release their information to the schools.


“These five pieces of legislation is an excellent opportunity for constituents to show their support for their schools, plus provide their schools with additional resources to further assist students,” Rep. Anielski said.


The following are quotes from representatives of some of the aforementioned schools:


“Once again, State Representative Anielski is working hard to ensure students in need of specialized services have an opportunity to receive needed resources.  I am appreciative of Mrs. Anielski's consistent support of education,” said Scot Prebles, Superintendent of Brecksville/Broadview Heights City Schools.


“Thank you to Representative Anielski for finding additional resources that can be used for mental health services in schools,Joe Regano of the Solon City School Board said. “Her passion to help those in need is evident by this unique way to provide more dollars targeted in a school budget for student mental health.”


President of St. Edward High School,Jim Kubackicommented,"St. Edward High School has committed alumni and parents throughout the state of Ohio.  We are grateful that Representative Anielski’s bill will provide them the opportunity to represent our fine school and at the same time provide critical support for our students’ well-being.  It is a win for all involved."


“The Mayfield City School District appreciates Representative Anielski’s efforts to introduce legislation that will assist us in addressing the needs of students and their families with regard to personal wellness and mental health. The dollars that would be generated as a result of this bill will be used for parent, student, and staff awareness, prevention and intervention programs that will improve our ability to effectively deal with mental health issues in our schools. Mental and cognitive well-being is critical to a student’s education. Thank you for seriously considering the merits of this bill. You are doing the right thing for our kids.” said Dr. Keith Kelly, Superintendent of Mayfield City Schools.

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