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Lay Facilities Committee To Meet This Week

Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District's committee charged with recommending plan to Board of Education will have a public meeting Wednesday.

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools Lay Facilities Committee will meet tomorrow night at the Delisle Center.

The committee, created by the CH-UH School Board at the recommendation of FutureHeights and Reaching Heights, is to examine the facilities master plan and determine what aspects of the plan the community would support.

They meet every three weeks and the meetings are open to the public. Tomorrow's meeting is at 7 p.m. at the Deborah S. Delisle Education Options Center, 14780 Superior Road in Cleveland Heights.

Garry Kanter January 28, 2013 at 05:35 AM
I uploaded Monday's presentation, that the LFC posted online late last week, to this article. And here's the link to the blog entry I made about that same presentation last week... http://clevelandheights.patch.com/blog_posts/which-is-which I titled it "Which Is Which?"
Michael's Shorts January 29, 2013 at 11:16 PM
None of these plans is perfect, IMO, but scenario 2B is probably the closest to the direction I think the district needs to head. For those interested, 2B would essentially close Wiley at the middle school level, and Fairfax and Noble at the elementary school level. Beyond that, it would maintain the traditional K-5, 6-8 grade alignments, which makes the most sense to me as I'm just not sure the research supports moving towards one of the other, more radical alignments at this time. I would, however, like to see separate wings for the 4th and 5th graders at each elementary school with some level of semi-departmentalization, though that's a detail that really does not matter that much at this time. Scenario 1 is intriguing, however I am not sure about having one middle school IF it means that the school is going to be gigantic. A 6th-8th single middle school building would mean it would have to house ~1200 students, and that would make it the largest middle school in Cuyahoga County (i.e. way too big). If they want to have just one centralized middle school, they need to either make it 7th-8th only and either house 6th grade in each of the elementary schools OR create an intermediate/upper elementary school consisting of 5th-6th or even 4th-6th. (And if they go that latter route I'd almost prefer to have TWO intermediate schools).
Garry Kanter January 29, 2013 at 11:54 PM
Any idea how much the various scenarios cost, or when they would be accomplished? Or are those questions for another time?
Michael's Shorts January 30, 2013 at 01:15 AM
Probably questions for another time, though I have to believe that scenario 2B would be one of the cheapest as it could theoretically allow the district to make as few renovations as possible...with the exception, of course, of having to do something significant to Boulevard.

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