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CMSD considers buying space for growing Campus International

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CMSD's Campus International School has outgrown its quarters at Cleveland State University, prompting the District to propose leasing and possibly buying more space.

The growth in enrollment has exceeded the District’s original projections, due to the family demand for this type of academic program and culture, although a multi-location campus was always in the overall plan, school officials said.

The Board of Education is considering housing Campus International's fifth and sixth grades in space at First United Methodist Church, located at East 30th Street and Euclid Avenue, beginning with the 2014-15 school year.

This move would also align well with the International Baccalaureate Middle Years curriculum, school officials have said.

The school occupied the space at First United for its first four years of operation before moving two years ago to CSU's Cole Center at East 30th Street and Chester Avenue. Kindergarten through fourth grade would remain there.

Campus International now has about 370 students and is headed by Principal Julie Beers.

Campus International will expand to include sixth grade in August. The school is supposed to add a level each year until eventually reaching the 12th grade.

CMSD would lease the space for $234,000 a year. The District would have an option to purchase the property for just under $1.2 million, receiving 50 percent credit for rent paid.

Chief Operating Officer Patrick Zohn said the space would need minimal renovation because it is already equipped to handle students. As a partner in the school, Cleveland State University would contribute to the renovation cost.

Campus International teaches students Mandarin Chinese and prepares students for "international citizenship." The school is seeking accreditation as an International Baccalaureate school.