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West Side building, academic programs taking shape

As the physical structure of a new West Side high school campus takes shape, so does the academic programming.

The campus is under construction at 4600 Detroit Ave. and will be ready for the 2020-21 school year. It will house two high schools -- Garrett Morgan will move there and be joined by a new model.

On Dec. 5, CMSD gave a status report on planning for the new model’s academic program and strengthening of the science and engineering focus at Garrett Morgan. The District also provided information on how the schools will emphasize the arts and work together.

District and community representatives spent three months identifying the schools’ guiding principles and the traits and characteristics of their ideal graduates. They also outlined ways the schools can collaborate with each other and work with community partners.

The new school, which has not been named, will concentrate on the liberal arts, with plans for pathways in mass communication and social justice. The school will start by admitting new freshmen and add a grade each year.

Besides strengthening its existing programs, Garrett Morgan will add study of the engineering behind media arts such as website design and sound and video production. Garrett Morgan is recruiting ninth- through 11th-graders.

Quenton Davis will continue as principal of Garrett Morgan. Anshawn Ivery, who had been serving as an assistant principal at the John Marshall School of Information Technology, will be principal of the new school.

The new campus is part of a continuing modernization program funded by the state and local bond issues. The District has constructed or fully renovated nearly 50 buildings since 2002.

A new John F. Kennedy High School campus is under construction on the East Side. Putting more students in modernized buildings is one of the goals of CMSD's new long-term plan for academic programs and facilities.