School Board To Discuss Putting Millikin Up For Public Auction in Executive Session Tonight

Board members will also meet at 7 p.m. for the regularly scheduled work session.

Cleveland Heights-University Heights School Board president Karen Jones that board members will meet in an executive session tonight to discuss putting the up for public auction.

"Our hope is to make a decision ... We do want to resolve the Millikin situation," Jones said. "We would like to get this off of our plate."

Mosdos Ohr Hatorah parents and others in the Orthodox Jewish community sparked the Millikin debate when they told the CH-UH School Board at its that they wanted the property to remain a school, arguing it would significantly improve the neighborhood, increase property values and attract new residents. Supporters of Mosdos at Millikin urging the board to reconsider its offer of $550,000. The building has been vacant since 2006. 

A conducted by Charles M. Ritley Associates determined the building's current market value to be $770,000.

Superintendent Douglas Heuer based on the 2005 assessment, which indicated the property's highest and best value was $2.4 million.

The district will discuss this new information, including the appraisal Mosdos commissioned which says the building is worth $600,000 in today's market, in its executive session, which begins at 6 p.m.

Members will then move into their public work session to discuss the . 

Plan C, the third idea developed by architects working to renovate and modernize the buildings, calls for renovating , and elementary schools, , and middle schools and demolishing and rebuilding in Phase I of the master plan. The current elementary schools would serve pre-kindergarten through third grade and the middle schools would house fourth through eighth grades.

They will also consider approving bids for pilot programs at and R, which will be models of how classrooms will look once the buildings are renovated.


Look for highlights from the meeting soon, and see the agenda included with this article.

Garry Kanter May 16, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Mazel Tov to the Mosdos folks for having an avowed advocate participate as a member of the CH city council. Especially one who has already displayed a public contempt for the BOE's rules of conduct and a disregard for the BOE President's authority.
Emily Jones May 16, 2012 at 03:18 AM
Gary Kanter, your insults add nothing constructive to this topic. Actually, you should try to "stay on topic". The topic is Millikin's future use. Gary, you and Fran did nothing to save Oakwood.(you actually did damage) and now you are on the attack again. Here is some free advice: If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all.
Garry Kanter May 16, 2012 at 03:45 AM
I simply stated facts. Remember how Jason Stein slammed his fist after being instructed to yield the floor while continuing to speak four minutes past the limit all other citizen speakers are allotted? i think he exclaimed either "BRAVEHEART!!" or "THIS IS AMERICA!!" Maybe it was both. That makes him an avowed advocate for Mosdos. And he was included in the meeting as a member of the CH council. Those are facts. I simply reported them. Don't shoot the messenger, dude.


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