Tuesday, September 10, 2002

CPS board to buy land for 2 schools

West-side parcels to cost $1.5M

By Randy Tucker rtucker@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Cincinnati Board of Education voted Monday to buy property for two new schools as part of its $1 billion plan to rebuild or modernize all Cincinnati Public Schools.

        The board voted unanimously to spend $1.5 million to buy 11.4 acres of land at the site of Midway School at 3200 Midway Ave. in Westwood, where construction of a new elementary school is to begin in 2003.

        The board also voted unanimously to spend $17,500 to buy vacant parcels near Whittier School at 945 Hawthorne Ave. in East Price Hill, where construction of a new elementary school is to begin in 2005.

        Over the next 10 years, Cincinnati Public Schools will launch the largest public construction project in the district and the city's history.

        Earlier this year, the board approved the overall plan that will bring all CPS buildings up to state standards.

        The district and the Ohio School Facilities Commission developed the plan jointly. The agency is directing a statewide campaign to upgrade all Ohio school buildings.

        The state is committed to contributing 23 percent of the Cincinnati plan's cost. Cincinnati voters will be asked to fund some of the cost with a $480 million bond issue on the Nov. 5 ballot.

        Over the next decade, the district will build 35 new schools and fully renovate 31 others, with the goal of operating 66 schools by 2012.


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