Master Facilities Plan
When The Plan for Transforming Cleveland’s Schools took effect two years ago, CEO Eric Gordon and the Cleveland Board of Education promised citizens that children in every neighborhood in the city would have access to a quality education.
But where students learn plays a role in how well they learn. That is why fully transforming Cleveland’s public school system from top to bottom also means providing students with quality buildings suitable for a 21st Century education.
CMSD’s new master facilities plan was drafted with that connection in mind.
The District has proposed more than 40 construction and remodeling projects based on the plan and is gathering feedback at a series of community open houses that will conclude on March 24.The work was made possible when voters overwhelmingly approved Issue 4, a $200 million bond issue, in November. Issue 4 will not raise taxes, and the state will contribute more than $2 for every $1 CMSD spends on new construction.
The master facilities plan continues a badly needed modernization campaign that the District and state launched after the gym roof at the former East High collapsed 14 years ago.
Since then, CMSD has built 34 schools and fully renovated seven others. New homes for John Marshall High School, Max S. Hayes High School and Cleveland School of the Arts are under construction and scheduled to be ready for the fall.
Aligned with the District’s portfolio strategy, the revised plan will ensure that excellent learning environments are within reach no matter where families live.The projects will provide CMSD with the flexibility to continue creating new and innovative school models, like the new Bard High School Early College Cleveland, Cleveland High School for Digital Arts, E³agle Academy and PACT (Problem-based Academy of Critical Thinking), all of which opened this year.
At the same time, the distribution of facilities projects will ensure that neighborhoods across the District have access to modern schools. That would be true regardless of whether reform draws students back to the District or enrollment falls and downsizing becomes necessary.
The District is working to maintain the community’s faith that CMSD has the right academic plan and the right facilities plan to fully transform its schools and school communities.