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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Cleveland school officials want more of your money -- again

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2008 at 5:53 AM

When last we left the Cleveland school district, officials were scrambling to revise their doomed construction plans. Apparently, that $335 million we gave them in a levy seven years ago was never enough to rebuild all 111 of the city’s schools [“Bait & Switch," May 23]. Now that the project is years behind schedule and attendance numbers are plummeting, CEO Eugene Sanders and his team are preparing to submit a revised construction plan to the state. The news is not good… They’ve knocked 30 schools off the drawing board — including six high schools, which apparently will just be allowed to crumble until the last kid flees. To add insult to injury, they’re saying they need $217 million more to finish the scaled-down project. And it’s coming out of your pocket, dear reader. In case all of this makes you want to throw something sharper than paper airplanes, you’ll get your chance tonight. Officials are holding community forums starting at 6 p.m. at local high schools. Check their website to see which one you should attend. —Lisa Rab

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