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CMSD officials take big step towards selling historic headquarters

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District today released its Request For Proposals (RFP) for the relocation of its Central Administration office. This is the first step taken by the District to explore opportunities for finding efficient and economical space in which to house its central office staff.

The Relocation RFP is a prelude to the second phase of a process that includes selling by auction the current CMSD administrative headquarters located at 1380 East 6th Street. At its June 28 meeting, the Board of Education approved a resolution to seek offers for a possible move of its central office administration to a downtown Cleveland office building or to consider renovating either East High or South High--two schools closed in 2010. The School District retained Weston Development Company of Cleveland to manage both the relocation effort and potential auction process.

"This is an example of the new direction the District is taking to manage its assets and to maximize their value in providing a 21st century education for Cleveland's students" said Mark Horton, President of Weston Development. Management of the District's real estate is handled by its Operations Division and led by Patrick Zohn, the District's Chief Operating Officer.

"It is a new day for the Operations Division when it comes to how we conduct the business of the District," said Zohn. "With the new convention center and Medical Mart across the street from our headquarters, we have an obligation to the citizens of Cleveland to consider the best and most cost-effective use of our current facility. That means considering ways that we might generate new revenue for our academic mission and also provide hotel development opportunity to support the rebirth of downtown Cleveland."

CEO Eric Gordon said the District's exploration of options for relocating its central office staff is aligned with CMSD's academic mission.

"The Academic Transformation Plan compels us to move outside our comfort zone and do business smarter, better and more creatively" said Gordon. "We have shown improvement academically and have worked diligently to demonstrate fiscal responsibility. Our aggressive academic and fiscal strategies continue to send a message that we're on the right path and positive things are happening for Cleveland's students and families."

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