Start With Heights High And 'Show Us What You've Got': Letter To The Editor

The phasing of the proposed CH-UH master facilities plan should change so that work on the high school starts first.

To the Editor:

I am a strong supporter of the overall goals of the (Cleveland Heights-University Heights City) school system: making sure that each child in the district has the opportunity to receive an excellent education, which provides adequate preparation for future success as a contributing member of our society.

I recognize the need for major renovations of our aging facilities to reshape them into sustainable structures that will enable and enhance these goals.

Rather, like the poor old joke whose punch line was “The operation was a success, although the patient died,” , the most recent iteration of the administration’s vision, fails a crucial political and economic viability test in . (Of course the simple, obvious solution would be for more UH parents to send their kids to our public schools.)

Additionally, the phasing of the plan seems calculated to ensure maximal disruption to the greatest number of students: one can easily imagine that a current first-grader at , for example, would see his school closed and find himself spending a year at (under construction), then be moved to (under construction) and then go to the , just in time for the last of the construction there. (The district promised to release a new phasing plan earlier this week.) Surely it would make more sense to start with the high school. Do a truly great job there. Show us what you’ve got and how well it works. Then ask us to commit to the rest.

Sam Bell

Cleveland Heights

Harvey Morrison April 25, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Plan C is destined to ruin University Heights. The fiasco even surpasses the "Fleishman Follies" which built new Boulevard, Coventry, Fairfax and Taylor Schools, which, under Plan C will no longer be functioning as "traditional" classroom schools. Boulevard is scheduled for razing; Coventry is rented out and Taylor serves special needs. Gearity, too, will be history. I am certain that Belva Singer and Laurie Gearity would not be thrilled with Board's plans. ,
Richard Hollis April 25, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Sam Bell hit the nail on the head.
Jodi Sourini April 26, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Do not forget the "mistake" in the Phasing plan that called for Gearity children to be educated in the trailer park located on Gearity land watching children who are getting a new school built for them occupy the Gearity building for their education. Oh wait, that was a "mistake" announced last Wednesday and the new Phasing Plan was to be released on Monday. Gee, it's now one full week later and we are still awaiting the "correction."
Susan Miller April 26, 2012 at 01:12 PM
Indeed the board's ability to do a bang up job and prove their mettle at Heights High may even help the district to retain students. Many CHUH students leave the district for private schools because their parents don't believe their children will be well served there. Conversely, a handful of students who are educated in private K8 schools finish at Heights primarily if they have musical talent. Could a fabulous Heights High retain or even add students to the district? Could it work to improve the overall district ratings? If the new methodology is indeed great, show us at Heights High. The massive do-over has seemed too big to swallow from the first. Beginning with the school that all district students will attend may be the best way to leverage support for the rest.
Claire Robinson May April 27, 2012 at 05:58 PM
The board is between a political rock and a hard place on this now. Starting with Heights High is the best solution I've heard to the current impasse. And for those of us with younger kids in the district, we'd have something great to look forward to, rather than anticipating ongoing disruption and construction for the remainder of our children's educational years.


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