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.