Last Bell: 16 Cleveland Schools End Final School Year

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A bittersweet last day for over a dozen Cleveland Metropolitan schools. 16 schools closed their doors forever after the final bell rang Wednesday afternoon.

This, after the City of Cleveland launched their Cleveland Metropolitan School District Transformation Plan earlier this year. Academic failure and declining enrollment is to blame for the majority of the closures. [Read the entire CMSD plan]

CMSD says they demolish 13 of the 16 school buildings if they are not purchased.

Here's the list of schools that are closing:

  1. East High
  2. South High
  3. A.B. Hart
  4. Alexander Graham Bell
  5. Audubon
  6. Brooklawn
  7. Charles Lake
  8. Empire Computech
  9. Forest Hill Parkway
  10. Gracemount
  11. Henry Longfellow
  12. John D. Rockefeller
  13. John W. Raper
  14. Joseph F. Landis
  15. Kenneth Clement
  16. Robert Fulton

According to CMSD's website, the plan will "transform the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. It is a plan driven by research and best practices in student achievement and in school reform initiatives calling for fundamental, system-wide changes in our schools.

The Plan is based on three foundation-funded assessments of CMDS's specialty programs, turn-around strategies and facilities. Community forums held at schools throughout the city were useful in gathering input for school-by-school recommendations. The final transformation plan is based not only on that collaborative effort, but also on objective, data-based research undertaken by the District's Strategic Development Initiative, funded by the Cleveland Foundation and the George Gund Foundation.

That integrated process involved three highly-respected consulting firms that took an objective, fact-based look at where our schools are today and identified "pockets of success" on which we can build for the future of all of our schools.

Input from a 17-member Community Advisory Committee that included parents, educators, community leaders and public officials was extremely helpful to consultants who created the foundation for the plan."

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