Dear parents, caregivers, residents, partners, and friends-
I wanted to take this opportunity to send a brief note of thanks for your engagement in and contributions to our long-term school planning process.
The journey involved a great deal of data and information, difficult conversations and tough decisions. Your time and input were invaluable in helping me, my team, and the Board of Education arrive at a set of decisions that move our system towards greater efficiencies and effectiveness in schools and programs.
For your reference, the final decisions approved by the Board of Education at their November 19th business meeting are available below.
We’ve reached the end of this first phase of consideration and engagement. Yet, there is much more work to do in the coming months to achieve good implementation for students, staff and our families. We may not have agreed on all of the results, yet we appeared to agree on the foundational goal --- ensuring that all students have access to the best possible education our improving system can provide, while also achieving the efficiency that taxpayers deserve.
After the holiday break, we will begin to share ways in which stakeholders can be involved and/or engaged. We hope that one of the methods, whether it is being informed through written updates; participating on transition teams; and/or being a more visible supporter at schools, will work for you.
We look to the future with great optimism and hope, while again, being grateful and appreciative of your involvement and input, to date.
Have a wonderful holiday season.
With deep appreciation,
Eric S. Gordon
CEO, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
The Citywide Analysis is a comprehensive resource to engage the Cleveland community in school planning using the same information considered by District and charter school leaders when assessing how best to plan for quality schools in every neighborhood.
This Citywide Analysis includes data on academic quality, enrollment and choice patterns, program viability, and building use and condition. It provides data at 3 different levels—citywide, by region, and at the school level—for both District and charter K-8 and high schools.
While the report presents data analysis, it does not make recommendations or develop action steps; instead, it was designed to provide the most accurate and comprehensive information needed for the community to understand the current state of schools in their region.
The Citywide Analysis will enable educators, community members and families to work from the same set of facts as we engage together in thoughtful planning for schools across Cleveland.
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Through Cleveland’s local investment in quality schools, and with matching support from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission (OFCC), the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) has been able to build and substantially renovate more than 40 buildings since 2002. Since the most recent Master Facilities Plan was amended in 2014, work has progressed on seven PreK-8 buildings opening during the 2018-19 school year and two new high schools scheduled to open in 2020.
There are four primary metrics in which the various data has been organized:
The city of Cleveland has been organized into six regions with each of the city's 30+ neighborhoods fitting neatly into a region. On the east side, you will find the Northeast, East, and Southeast regions. On the west side, you will find the Near West, West, and Southwest regions. In addition to the six regions, cityside and detailed school-level data can also be found.
Through a multi-step process, the Master Facilities Plan will become the District's "Long-Term School Plan", aligning academic and facilities decision making.
The first step in the process is to engage our community by sharing the data that has been compiled, exploring the initial insights that have been generated, and creating opportunities to answer questions about the facts that will serve as the foundation for updates to The Long-Term School Plan in the future through a series of facilitated meetings.