Lion Pride!

Last Updated: 3/9/2021 7:04 PM

9/1/16 - The four light poles at the new soccer/track complex were put into place this morning by a helicopter. 
The entire process took about 2 hours!  Check out this video of the first pole being set in place.

2014 - Fairfield Local School District Ranked "B" in Performance Index; "A" in Value Added.
2014 - Jessica Francis named a National Merit Finalist - 1st in school history.
2013 - Fairfield Local High School honored with School of Promise, School of Honor.
Fairfield High School rated Excellent for 5 consecutive years.
2012 - Fairfield Local School District rated as Excellent - only district in Highland Co. to ever receive this honor.
Since 2011, Fairfield FFA has had 17 State Degrees and 5 American Degrees.
Since 1970, Fairfield High School has had 20 students score 30+ on the ACT.


Fairfield spends $8,460 per student…State average is $10,597 per student.
Fairfield receives 68.2% of its funding from the State of Ohio...The State average is 43.1%.
Local revenue accounts for 26.2% of our budget...State average for local share is 48.6% of school budgets.
Fairfield spends $1,881 per student on building operations...State average is $2,029 per student.
Total Property Tax per student for Fairfield is $1,812…Similar districts are $2,578…State average is $4,984.


According to a study released by Ohio Education Matters, 135 school districts in Ohio appear to get more for theirmoney in central-office administration, school-level administration, food service, student transportation, and building maintenance.

"The Fairfield Local School District has shown it can deliver quality services at a lower cost than most other districts in the state," said Andrew Benson, executive director of OEM. "The taxpayers and residents of this community should be proud that its school district takes seriously the best use of resources to benefit children."

"We try to keep an eye on everything and are utilizing taxpayer money the best we can," superintendent Bill Garrett said. "Looking at per-pupil costs, we are spending way below the state average and maintaining a very good academic standing."

Benson described the school district as "best-in-class," and said other school districts that aren't as efficient should look to Fairfield to learn how it is doing more with less.

"By spending less in these non-instructional areas and yet still meeting minimal quality standards, Fairfield Local ensures that more dollars are getting into its classrooms to help support students," he said. "We think it's reasonable to assume that if this best-in-class district can achieve these kinds of efficiencies, so can other districts that are similar."

Fairfield is among the three most-efficient districts, or the top five percent in the state, according to the study.

"We've taken great pains over the past few years so we've had to be thrifty in how we're spending money," Garrett said. "It's hard to put a finger on exactly what we've done, but we look at every expenditure and control costs as best we can. We do a pretty good job."

The study showed that districts could save nearly $1.4 billion each year if they followed the best practices of districts like Fairfield.