Sunday, April 18, 2004

$1B school construction project under way

Cincinnati Public Schools' declining enrollment is forcing the district to reconsider the number of schools built under its decade-long $1 billion school construction project. Work on these schools - part of the first segment of the four-segment project - is under way:

Falling enrollment threatens $1B plan
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• Rockdale in Avondale: Construction has begun on a new 84,000-square-foot school for 650 students in grades pre-K-8. Students are expected to move into the new building in December.

• Midway in Westwood: Construction has begun for a new 76,800-square-foot school for 550 students in grades pre-K-8. Students are expected to move in fall 2005.

• New East End School in Columbia Tusculum: Construction has begun for a 105,000-square-foot school for 615 students in grades pre-K-12. Students are expected to move to the building in fall/winter 2005.

• Roll Hill in North Fairmount: The old school building was demolished in December and January. Architectural and construction plans have been completed for the new school with construction scheduled to begin this spring and finish next summer. Students are expected to move there in fall 2005.

• Woodward in Bond Hill: Demolition of the north wing of the building began in January to make space for a new building. Architectural and construction plans are complete. Construction begins in spring and is due to be finished in August 2006.

• Construction is also planned for the following new schools in the first segment: Winton Hills School in Winton Place; Pleasant Hill School in College Hill; Hays in the West End; Porter in the West End; Price Hill School in Price Hill; Millvale in South Cumminsville; Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine; Roberts in Price Hill; Shroder in Madisonville; and Windsor/Douglass in Walnut Hills.

• Additional renovations are scheduled in this segment for Cheviot School and Withrow in Hyde Park.

Falling enrollment threatens $1B plan
More parents turn to charters
$1B school construction project under way

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