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District to review building plan at open houses


CMSD has scheduled 12 community open houses to get feedback on plans for building 20 to 22 schools.

The sessions, to be held in neighborhoods across the city, will start on Wednesday, Feb. 25, the day after the Board of Education is presented with a plan showing which schools will be built and when. The last two open houses are set for Tuesday, March 24.

CMSD also plans to remodel 20 to 23 schools. The projects will continue a modernization program that began in 2001, after the gym roof at the former East High School collapsed.

Voters made the additional work possible by overwhelmingly approving a $200 million bond issue in November. The bond issue will not raise taxes and the state will provide more than $2 for every $1 the District spends on new construction.
CMSD representatives met with community stakeholders after the election and collected a "great deal of feedback" that helped in developing the construction plan, Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon said. Now the District will turn to the public at large for more feedback that could further shape the plan.
The District previously built 34 schools – including the John Marshall Campus, Cleveland School of the Arts and Max S. Hayes High School, all scheduled to open in August -- and fully renovated seven others.

The building is program is part of an effort to ensure that every neighborhood in the city has access to a 21st Century education.