Get Involved

Families are Embraced

Mt. Washington School has a long tradition of parent involvement. By staying engaged in your child's progress or event volunteering your time and talents, you are not only helping to support and strengthen our community, you are teaching our children the value of giving back while modeling personal growth and how one contributes to community and society. Learn more about how to get involved with CPS schools.

To get involved with Mt. Washington School, contact our Resource Coordinator, Ilene Hayes.

Family Involvement

Families can begin encouraging the education of their children by showing that they truly value education and respect the staff at their student's school.

Some of the ways that parents, caregivers and grandparents can become involved are:

  • Helping your child with homework, especially reading together
  • Giving time to the school, classroom or library
  • Joining committees that help decide school issues (Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), Mt. Washington School Foundation, Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC), Instructional Leadership Team (ILT))



The ILT sets the instructional focus and makes the instructional decisions for the school.

The ILT team meets twice a month on Mondays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. The principal and ILT chairperson will jointly prepare an agenda for all ILT meetings. The ILT secretary will prepare the minutes of each meeting and distribute to the principal and then they will be forwarded to the LSDMC and staff.

ILT responsibilities include:

  • Developing, reviewing and evaluating the instructional program
  • Monitoring and improving school operations and procedures that affect instruction
  • Planning and monitoring training of staff
  • Creating and maintaining a safe and orderly school environment

The team is composed of the principal, two parent representatives, two non-teaching staff members and teachers. ILT meets twice a month and as needed.

Mt. Washington School FoundationMt. Washington School Foundation logo

The mission of the Mt. Washington School Foundation is to enhance the quality of education for our students with an emphasis in Academics, Enrichment and Technology by forming community partnerships and distributing financial grants for selected programs and projects.  

The Foundation is a 501(C)(3) organization that supports the long-term goals of the school and meets at least quarterly to discuss how to best meet the additional financial needs of Mt. Washington School.

Board Leaders

  • John Croxton II, Board President (Owner, TP White & Sons Funeral Home)
  • Emily McNicholas, Board Secretary (Attorney, American Modern Insurance)
  • Marshall Stuart, Board Treasurer (Vice President, US Bank)

Board Members

  • Ronny Beck (Parent Representative, Mt. Washington School)
  • Ilene Hayes (Resource Coordinator, Mt. Washington School)
  • Deb Klein (Principal, Mt. Washington School)
  • Joseph Malloni (Strategist, Siemans PL)
  • Alison Morris (Senior Manager, E.W. Scripps)
  • Nellie Russo-Rados (Assistant Vice President, Morgan Stanley)


The LSDMC is the primary governing body for each school in the district. This committee gives insight and input into important decisions that greatly impact students' lives and shape their educational experiences.

Meetings are held the first Monday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Community room.

Meetings are open forum, and interested teachers, staff members and individuals in the community may attend.

The committee is composed of parents, teachers, staff members, students and community members. The LSDMC meets 9 times each year.

The function of the LSDMCs includes:

  • Adopting bylaws, including the school's mission and vision
  • Setting measurable goals, based on a needs assessment
  • Developing a broad plan (One Plan) to implement these goals
  • Completing a mid-year and end-of-year progress report
  • Making recommendations and approving the school budget
  • Participating in the selection of the principal, when a vacancy exists
  • Approving locally initiated changes in the school's program or focus
  • Making recommendations to the principal regarding other school issues
  • Seeking grants to support the school's programs (optional)
  • Coordinating and overseeing the development of the school as a Community Learning Center

For questions or additional information, please contact 363-3800.

Volunteers are Welcome

We love our volunteers! From giving their time in the classroom to planning and coordinating special events to everything in between, our volunteers help make our schools a richer, stronger learning environment.

Interested in learning more about how you can make a measurable difference in the lives of our students? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Sandy Romero, at 363-3800 or by email. Learn more about volunteering at Mt. Washington School.

Security Badges and Background Checks

To assure the safety of students and staff, Cincinnati Public Schools requires security badges for anyone entering CPS' buildings. One-time visitors receive a temporary security badge from the front office. Individuals who visit our buildings on a regular basis, such as volunteers, must obtain a security badge and wear it at all times in our buildings.

Learn more about how to obtain a security badge.