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What Do You Want in Cleveland Heights-University Heights Schools Facilities Plan?

Lay Facilities Committee wants to hear your opinion on district restructuring

The Cleveland Heights-University Heights City Schools Lay Facilities Committee is seeking community members' input on the restructuring in the works for its schools. 

Committee members have underscored the importance of community support for whatever restructuring it recommends to the Board of Education this spring. The Board plans to ask voters to approve a bond issue in November to fund the facilities master plan.

More about the CH-UH Facilities Master Plan

Surveys - which can be found here - must be completed by March 2, 2013.

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Anyone who lives, works or owns a business in the district is asked to complete the survey, which asks stakeholders about the importance of having schools within walking distance, having extra-curricular activities at every school and school size.

It also asks respondents about the scenarios the committee is considering for recommendation to the Board of Education: consolidating to four or five elementary schools and one or two middle schools.

The survey should take about 15 minutes. Click here to take it.

Garry Kanter February 14, 2013 at 10:03 AM
This survey should have been done at the beginning of the LFC's formation, not at the tail end of it's existence. Which is what they had announced way back when. This whole thing has been a travesty, and has failed to bring any information forward that explains the need for $206 MILLION.
Richard Hollis February 14, 2013 at 12:02 PM
As I have pointed out before, I believe one of the motivating factors for all is because the schools need some $40,000,000 in repairs. Now the Board of Education (that's a bit of a misnomer) wants us to come up with $200,000,000 or so to rebuild, replace, and reconfigure the buildings. Following this to what seems to be a logical conclusion, we will be asked to come up with $400,000,000 in twenty years or so because the buildings were once again not maintained. We were fooled some thirty years ago. Isn't there an old saying about fool me once - - - - -
Ralph Solonitz February 14, 2013 at 01:03 PM
$206 million. That's a lot of money for not much better education.
Richard Hollis February 14, 2013 at 01:15 PM
I do not feel that fancy buildings make for better education. It starts at home, long before the kids are in school.
michaelschwartz February 14, 2013 at 03:31 PM
It's funny how the Lay Finance group and the BOE have no questions about the actual education the students are receiving. But that is par for the course-- a decoy to the sheeple to focus on buildings and not what is going on in them. Only in the Cleveland Heights public school district would this nonsense be tolerated. Giving carte blanche to a bunch of nitwits called the Lay finance committee and then turning it into a popularity contest to see what schools stay and which goes. And it will only cost the average homeowner another $75/month or more which is still being kept hush hush. Unbelievable.
Garry Kanter February 14, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Sadly, my only disagreement is with the "Only in the Cleveland Heights (sic) school district...). I think this misfeasance happens lots of places. Oh, and the "carte blanche" is given to the superintendent and the the treasurer. The LFC was set up, imho, just to correct the Wiley elementary problem. A lot of smoke and mirrors for little gain.
michaelschwartz February 14, 2013 at 04:20 PM
You're right about the hand picked Lay Facilities committeee-- a total puppet front for the BOE. What kind of community would tolerate this nonsense? Not many, and certainly not the good school districts like Beachwood or Solon, etc. I really think that most residents have written off the Heights schools, but unfortuntely they are in for a very unpleasant surprise if this massive tax increase is passed and they see how much their property taxes go up and correspondingly how much their home values go down.
Garry Kanter February 14, 2013 at 04:30 PM
It's actually three tax increases. The 6.0 mils for facilities in 2013, the 8.9 mils operating levy in 2014, and the 4.0 more mils to get to the 10 mils that the facilities really require.
popeye February 14, 2013 at 04:47 PM
Super./BOE / LFC - Lets blame the buildings. Rather than deal with the real and uncomfortable issues that plague the CH schools. People don't move to Cleve. Hts. for the schools. They are actually a deterrent. Your facilities plan won't change that. Just paint the clock tower and deal with the real issues you are too uncomfortable to deal with.
michaelschwartz February 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM
Popeye: Only happy talk is allowed in the Heights schools. I believe it was Albert Huxley who said something to effect: "Ignoring facts does not make them any less real". As it applies to homeowners who are going to get reamed in higher property taxes once thing passes, ignoring the present $206 million fiasco will not make it go away. The only thing that will be going away is the equity in your house as home prices plummet. And you are correct on the clock tower, its lack of maintenance is not only disgraceful, but symptomatic as to why there is $40 million in defered maintenance on the books. It is criminal is what it is.
Cindy Hannover April 19, 2013 at 05:57 PM
Can someone explain why my account was banned from theciviccommons.com? I posted the following and my account was banned without reason. Any help will be appreciated. Thanks. Disabling Accounts: Should There Be Due Process? Due Process is one of the basic principles of justice that the U.S. legal system got right (at least in word) and, surprisingly, most grassroots community organizations and efforts get very wrong in every sense. "Due Process of law implies the right of the person affected thereby to be present before the tribunal which pronounces judgement upon the question of life, liberty, or property, in its most comprehensive sense; to be heard, by testimony or otherwise, and to have the right of controverting, by proof, every material fact which bears on the question of right in the matter involved. If any question of fact or liability be conclusively presumed against him, this is not due process of law." (1) Read the rest here: http://pastebin.com/6ADNkUkZ

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