Cleveland Board Approves School Construction Plan - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Cleveland Board Approves School Construction Plan

CLEVELAND (AP) - The school board in Ohio's largest district has approved a 10-year, $1 billion plan to close 14 schools, build four and renovate or replace 106.

The plan approved by the board Thursday night spared from closing four schools that had been the subject of community lobbying in the 73,000-student, 122-building Cleveland district.

Barbara Byrd-Bennett, schools chief executive officer, endorsed the plan but said she preferred her original proposal to close more dilapidated schools.

Byrd-Bennett told board members that the revised plan would cost an additional $12 million.

"Trust us," said board member George Dixon. "And once we make this decision, let's all work together to make sure this decision is as positive as possible."

The plan now goes to the Ohio School Facilities Commission for its review.

The work will be financed with state aid and a bond issue approved by voters.

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