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From the 6/4/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

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Dip in students may shut 13 city schools in decade

Building project's final phase would be eliminated

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Projected declines in student enrollment could force Toledo Public Schools to close as many as 13 schools, including Libbey High School, before the end of this decade.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050604/NEWS04/506040333/-1/NEWS

 

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I don't know the effects of charter and private schools, or city vs. suburban public schools, but in the end all of the schools are chasing a declining number of school age children.

 

From the U.S. Census Bureau

http://www.census.gov/population/projections/36PyrmdOH1.pdf

 

Age group  Census 2000  Projection 2010  Change  %Change

0-4            754,930        760,100              +5170    +0.7

5-9            816,346        762,138              -54,208  -6.6

10-14          827,811        756,300              -71,511    -8.6

15-19        816,868        786,424              -30,444    -3.7

 

Take the Middle School age group, 10-14. The U.S. Census projects a loss of 71,511 children this decade. At about 700 kids per school, that's equivalent to closing about 100 middle schools statewide.

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From the 6/7/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Peggy Hayman signs a support sheet as her daughter, Emily, 7, and Alex Pechlivanos, 7, students at Beverly Elementary, watch. The school is one of several proposed for closing.  ( THE BLADE/ALYSSA SCHUKAR )

 

PHOTO: Christine Brunner and her 4-year-old daughter, Jessica, walk to Beverly Elementary School in South Toledo for a parent and neighborhood meeting about plans to close the school.  ( THE BLADE/ALYSSA SCHUKAR )

 

TOLEDO SCHOOLS

Parents to contest proposed closings

Enrollment stats may fall further

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

When Lee Yockey and his wife purchased a home, they were ecstatic to find one in South Toledo so their children could attend Beverly Elementary School.

 

But if the Toledo Board of Education approves a proposal to close the school on Rugby Drive, the couple has vowed to sell that home and move to a suburban school district.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050607/NEWS04/506070333/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/12/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Reconstruction tab may exceed $770M

 

Toledo Public Schools probably will spend more than $770 million on its reconstruction program, though the Board of Education approved a plan in August that eliminates seven schools from being rebuilt, school leaders said last night.

 

The original program, which was to replace 57 schools and renovate seven others, originally was to cost $821 million.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051012/NEWS04/510120478/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/15/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

ELECTION 2005

TPS promises full details on levy spending

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Toledo Public Schools leaders say they will release detailed information next week on exactly how the 2.5-mill levy renewal on the Nov. 8 ballot will be spent.

 

A proposal to use some of the nearly $24.4 million generated by the tax over five years for the district's new building program has fueled criticism from three candidates running for the Toledo Board of Education and mayoral candidate Carty Finkbeiner.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051015/NEWS09/510150397/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/22/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

ELECTION 2005

Spending plan released: TPS would put $7.5 million toward equipment

By KIM BATES

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Toledo Public Schools officials yesterday released a revised spending plan for their upcoming 2.5-mill levy renewal, but three vocal opponents, who also are school board candidates, are withholding judgment about it until next week.

 

Contact Kim Bates at:

kimbates@theblade.com or 419-724-6074.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051022/NEWS04/510220399/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/25/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS construction costs fall

Cutbacks, cheaper bids slice price tag by $2.5M

 

Construction costs for the Toledo Public Schools' building program are starting to decline, mostly because more companies are competing for jobs, officials said yesterday.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051025/NEWS04/510250363/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/26/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS projects $19M deficit

 

The Toledo Board of Education last night accepted a five-year financial forecast that predicts a $19 million budget deficit for the 2006-2007 school year.

 

District Treasurer James Fortlage said the shortfall is based on a loss of 2,000 more students for that year compared to the current school year.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051026/NEWS04/510260474/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 11/10/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

North Toledo: Leverette could revitalize neighborhood

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Officials for Toledo Public Schools say the new Leverette Middle School, which will be built across from the district's administration building, will help revitalize that north Toledo neighborhood.

 

Dan Burns, TPS chief business manager, said the district's new construction program will help neighborhoods through the city.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051110/NEWS04/511100405/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 11/12/05 Toledo Blade:

 

 

City schools down 2,105 pupils from previous year

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Toledo Public Schools has 2,105 fewer students than last year, according to data released yesterday, marking the greatest year-to-year decline since the district's enrollment began to decrease steadily nearly a decade ago.

 

The school system now has 30,774 students, down from 32,879 last school year, and 33,866 the previous year.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20051221/NEWS04/512210475/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 1/11/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

BUDGET PROBLEMS

TPS vows to cut 380 jobs or shut 9 schools

$19 million deficit predicted next year

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Toledo Public Schools will have to eliminate 380 positions - many of them teachers - or close up to nine schools and lay off the staff from those buildings before the start of next school year in order to balance its budget, the district's superintendent said last night.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060111/NEWS04/601110384/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 2/28/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

City schools enrollment dips to 30,135

 

Toledo Public Schools officials announced yesterday that the district's enrollment this academic year has dipped even lower than previously thought, reaching very near the 30,000 mark.

 

The main reason, they said, was because parents are increasingly choosing charter schools.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060228/NEWS04/602280455/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 3/30/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

MAP/GRAPHIC: School closings

 

PHOTO: Toshai Wilson, 5, (center with bag) and other students leave King Elementary School, one of the Toledo Public Schools slated to close at the end of the academic year because of dwindling enrollment.  ( THE BLADE/JETTA FRASER )

 

TPS plans to close 5 schools in 2006

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Toledo Public Schools officials said yesterday they will have to close two junior high schools and three elementary schools at the end of the current academic year to eliminate a $12 million budget deficit that has been fueled for years by dwindling enrollment.

 

The move also will result in the loss of about 240 jobs.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060331/NEWS04/603310476/-1/RSS

 

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From the 4/3/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS mulls K-8 plan to reduce its deficit

Proposal may alter some construction

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

After decades of teaching junior high school children in separate buildings, the Toledo Board of Education will vote this week on a proposal that would shift close to 1,200 of those students back into schools with grades kindergarten through six.

 

The reason for the change is financial, not academic.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at: imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060403/NEWS04/604030351/-1/RSS

 

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From the 4/5/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: Santoria Burns, an eighth-grader at East Toledo Junior High School, asks the board to reconsider a plan to close her school.  ( THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT )

 

PHOTO: Brandy L. Schultz, a teacher and a mother of a seventh grader at East Toledo Junior High School, addresses the Toledo Public Schools board of education during a forum at the school district's headquarters. More than 250 people attended the meeting.  ( THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT )

 

PHOTO: Terry Reeves, a seventh-grade special education teacher at East Toledo Junior High School, addresses about 100 people protesting the school board's proposal to close the school.  ( THE BLADE/AMY E. VOIGT )

 

TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

School-closing plan draws pleas, anger; fate of 2 junior high schools debated at TPS forum

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Earnestine Jones promised last night to pull all 11 of her children out of Toledo Public Schools and enroll them in charter schools if the district's board of education follows through with a plan to close East Toledo Junior High.

 

Ms. Jones drew a standing ovation for her terse comments on a proposal released last week by the district to shut that school along with Jones Junior High and King, Fall-Meyer, and Mount Vernon elementaries.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060405/NEWS04/604050477/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 4/7/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TOLEDO SCHOOLS

Board chief wants time to consider 5 closings

Delay of decision may lack support

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

The president of the Toledo Public Schools board said she will vote to postpone or reject the district's plan to close five schools and cut 240 jobs when it comes before the panel today.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060407/NEWS04/604070379/-1/RSS

 

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From the 4/8/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

DEALING WITH A DEFICIT

Toledo school board puts off decision on closing 5 schools until next week

Board chief defends delay, says more data needed

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

A decision on whether to close five Toledo Public School buildings, slash 240 jobs, and make other cuts was put off yesterday until next week.

 

School board President Darlene Fisher asked for the delay at a meeting yesterday to gather more input on the proposed closing of King, Fall-Meyer, and Mount Vernon elementaries and Jones and East Toledo junior highs.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060408/NEWS04/604080399/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 4/13/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

PHOTO: From left, Dylan Gorsuch, 9; his mother, Ann Gorsuch, and Amber Wodarski, 11, react to the Toledo Board of Education’s vote.  ( THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH )

 

PHOTO: From left, board President Darlene Fisher and members Steven Steel and Larry Sykes discuss the district’s plan to close five schools and make other budget cuts totaling $6 million.  ( THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH )

 

TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

5 school closings approved by board

4-1 vote trims half of $12M TPS deficit

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

The Toledo Board of Education voted last night to close five schools in June - slashing $6 million from next school year's budget - a move made over the objection of its president and hundreds of parents who had asked over the last two weeks that the plan be reconsidered.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060413/NEWS16/604130448/-1/RSS

 

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Seventy-seven percent of the new construction program is funded by the state...

 

And Cincy only gets 16%!?!?! WTF?

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From the 5/18/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

SCHOOL PROJECT

TPS plan includes building at Raymer

By TOM TROY

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Bob Reinbolt, Mayor Carty Finkbeiner's chief of staff, experiences a pang of emotion as he drives past the vacant, dirt-covered block in Toledo's older south end.

 

It's the site of the elementary he attended, as well as that of his mother, Hazel Reinbolt.

 

Contact Tom Troy at:

tomtroy@theblade.com or 419-724-6058.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060518/NEIGHBORS02/605180356

 

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From the 5/27/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

School's out forever at shuttered Jones school

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

More than 400 Jones Junior High School students yesterday bid farewell to their school on the last day of classes before the historic building closes for good at the end of next week.

 

Because of districtwide declining enrollment and deep budget cuts, the more than 80-year-old junior high school, 550 Walbridge Ave., and four other Toledo Public Schools buildings will soon be shuttered.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060527/NEWS04/605270362/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 6/7/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Libbey may land on TPS closing list

Construction master plan revised

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Less than two months after closing five schools to help balance its budget, the Toledo Board of Education is reviewing a new plan that eventually would close five more schools, including Libbey High School.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060607/NEWS04/606070337/-1/RSS

 

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From the 7/28/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS targeting student scores and retention

 

The interim superintendent of Toledo Public Schools yesterday released two comprehensive plans that he said will increase student performance, especially in the system's worst schools, and help stem the tide of children leaving the district.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060728/NEWS04/607280420/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 8/22/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS tax levy fails to get OK for November ballot

Board majority isn't enough

 

A divided Toledo Board of Education ended months of speculation last night when it failed to agree on whether to place a tax levy on the Nov. 7 ballot.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060822/NEWS04/608220427/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 9/5/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

TPS enrollment is down 1,200 from last year

'06 figure continues decade-long slide

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Nearly 1,200 fewer students attended Toledo Public Schools during the first week of classes versus the same time last year.

 

The district's Friday afternoon count totaled 27,273 students, down from last year's total of 28,451.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060905/NEWS04/609050314/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 9/22/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS board chief calls for stricter construction rules

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

The president of the Toledo Board of Education yesterday asked for tighter safeguards regarding the district's new school construction program.

 

Board President Darlene Fisher voiced her concerns during a finance committee meeting after it was revealed that construction of the new Leverette Middle School is three months behind schedule and that a wall at the construction site toppled over during a storm in June.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at:

imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060922/NEWS04/609220360/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/10/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

Enrollment decline less than feared

Toledo head count shows 29,580 students in classes

 

The Toledo Public school district has 716 fewer students than last year, but school officials are breathing a sigh of relief that the decline was not as bad as they had predicted.

 

The district's official head count Friday was 29,580 students - marking the first time enrollment has fallen below 30,000 students in decades. Historically, the district's decline in student population mirrors that of the city's overall population. In recent years, thousands of students have chosen charter schools over Toledo Public Schools.

 

- Ignazio Messina

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061010/NEWS04/610100319/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/20/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS facing deficit of $12M, $109M by 2011

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Toledo Public Schools is predicting some staggering deficits over the next five years, starting with $12.7 million next school year and increasing to $109.8 million by 2011.

 

The predicted shortfall for next school year could mean more school closings and layoffs to balance the budget, interim Superintendent John Foley said.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061014/NEWS04/61014006/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 10/31/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS board approves forecast of $12.7M shortfall

 

The Toledo Board of Education last night approved a five-year financial forecast that predicts a $12.7 million deficit for next school year.

 

The shortfall for next year, which is predicted to increase to $37.8 million the following year and eventually to $109.8 million by 2011, could mean more school closings and layoffs to balance the budget.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061031/NEWS04/610310392/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 11/15/06 Toledo Blade:

 

 

TPS meetings slated to explain finances

 

Toledo Public Schools announced yesterday that it would hold two more community forums “aimed at educating area residents about the district’s operations and its finances.”

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061115/NEWS04/61115035/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 11/16/06 Blade:

 

 

8 new schools to open by next fall

Committee is told construction appears to be on schedule

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Toledo Public Schools is set to have eight of its new school buildings open by next fall, the district’s chief business manager reported yesterday.

 

Dan Romano told the district’s community oversight committee that construction of the buildings appears to be on schedule.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061116/NEWS04/61116059/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 11/29/06 Blade:

 

 

TPS plan to address deficit due in January

No specific reductions identified yet

 

The superintendent of Toledo Public Schools last night said the district's plan to address a predicted $12.7 million deficit for the 2007-08 school year would be presented in January.

 

The school system has laid off hundreds of teachers and closed several schools over the last several years to balance its budget.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061129/NEWS04/611290435/-1/NEWS

 

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From the 1/13/07 Blade:

 

 

TPS to reduce offerings at Libbey High

1 of 4 autonomous schools within building will close

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Toledo Public Schools will eliminate one of the small schools implemented as an educational reform at Libbey High School, district officials said yesterday.

 

Interim Superintendent John Foley said one of the four autonomous schools that has operated within the Libbey High School building since September, 2004, would be closed at the end of this school year because of enrollment.

 

Contact Ignazio Messina at: imessina@theblade.com or 419-724-6171.

 

http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070113/NEWS04/701130474/-1/NEWS

 

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Ohio plan allots extra $2.8M for Toledo schools

By IGNAZIO MESSINA

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland's two-year budget proposal will mean an extra $2.8 million next year for Toledo Public Schools, local officials announced yesterday. 

 

Officials for the Toledo school system - who were joined yesterday by all three Lucas County commissioners, State Sen. Teresa Fedor (D., Toledo), and students at the Toledo Technology Academy - praised the proposed budget.

 

The 29,400-student district would get an additional $9.78 million in the second year, if the Democratic governor's plan gets approval from the Republican-controlled House and Senate.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070317/NEWS04/703170386/-1/RSS

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More funding from State

Toledo Public Schools discovers $18.2M surplus for new year

BY IGNAZIO MESSINA | TOLEDO BLADE

July 25, 2007

 

TOLEDO - Toledo Public Schools officials spent months budgeting to close an $11.7 million projected deficit by June 30, but the district’s treasurer said yesterday they would have an $18.2 million carryover to start the new academic year.

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I was driving around Toledo yesterday when I noticed this building demolition on Woodsdale Avenue between Grafton and and Nelson.  The building appears to have been pretty old.  Maybe an old school?  It had the entire block to itself.  Does anyone know anything about this?

 

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This is the old Arlington Elementary School that is facing South Avenue and it's bounded by Woodsdale Avenue.  It is part of the $850 million rebuilding efforts of replacing older school facilities throughout the city of Toledo.

 

Here is the rendering of the "new" Arlington Elementary School that will be replacing the demolished school:

NewArlingtonES2-15-2008.jpg

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Article published November 04, 2008

 

TOLEDO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

$5.8 million in local funds needed for Scott project

By JAMES JOYCE III

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

The Ohio School Facilities Commission recently told Toledo Public Schools it would take $5.8 million in local funds to renovate the historic Scott High School.  Most of the remaining cost to renovate the school in the city's Old West End would be funded with state money through the district's Building for Success program.

 

Members of the Toledo Board of Education will make a final decision at a special board meeting Friday morning whether to renovate Scott High with a capacity to house 1,200 students or to move forward with plans to build two smaller high schools.

 

MORE: http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081104/NEWS04/811040348/-1/NEWS


"Nearly every problem that we have in the USA -- unaffordable health care, prison overpopulation, hyper militarization, climate change, racism, gun violence, poverty, poor education, urban sprawl and others -- cannot be positively addressed because bribery and conflicts of interest are legal under campaign finance laws which protect the uber-wealthy and the narrow self-interests who grossly benefit from our afflictions."

 

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Scott High School work back on track

Renovations await board nod after voters OK funds

Article published November 06, 2008

By JAMES JOYCE III

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

The historic Scott High School in the city's Old West End will be renovated using some of $37 million in bonds voters have approved, pending final approval from the Toledo Board of Education.  Just hours after Tuesday's initial election results had been tabulated, a school facilities subcommittee of the school board presented a draft resolution yesterday that will be up for approval by the full board at a special meeting tomorrow.

 

That resolution would put renovation of Scott High School, which opened in 1913, back into the school district's Building for Success new school program - and it would end talks of constructing two new small high schools in lieu of the renovation.

 

MORE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20081106/NEWS04/811060404/-1/NEWS

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Toledo Public Schools proposals would end all athletics, shut Libbey

District lists ideas to fill likely $30M budget hole

Article published March 04, 2010

By CARL RYAN, BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

The Toledo Board of Education last night heard a long list of cost-cutting proposals that included closing Libbey High School and eliminating athletics in the district as a way to close a projected $30 million budget deficit next year.  Other proposed cuts included the elimination of bus transportation for high school students and the establishment of a two-mile walking zone for others, along with the elimination of school crossing guards, school resource officers, the uniform subsidy, and the intern-intervention mentoring program.

 

Abolishing athletics would save $3.54 million, while closing Libbey would trim costs by $1.73 million.  Ending busing for high school students would save $1.16 million.  The district transports students who live more than a mile from school; increasing that to two miles for elementary and middle schoolers would save $950,000.

 

There will be another meeting March 23 at which the board will approve two lists of cuts — one totaling $30 million and another $17.5 million.  The $30 million list will go into effect if voters reject the strapped district's request for a 0.75 percent tax on earned income on the May 4 ballot.  The $17.5 million in cuts will be implemented if the tax passes.

 

FULL ARTICLE: http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20100304/NEWS04/3040400

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Not Libbey! It already has had to fight hard to stay open, not to mention is the only high school in the Old South End. It is a gorgeous landmark building near the heart of what is still a dense urban neighborhood that has survived against the odds. It's my third favorite high school in Toledo after Scott and Waite.

 

It just doesn't make sense to close down Libbey. Those kids will have to travel really far to other high schools. I don't think TPS can close down another high school without seriously putting those kids at a disadvantage due to travel times.

 

And athletics? You've got to be kidding. Toledo City League produces state tournament caliber basketball teams and it's pretty common to see a lot of support from adults in the city. The basketball games are significant events in their respective neighborhoods, and you might kill a piece of Toledo culture by giving them the axe. High school kids need stuff outside of the classroom. Sports and clubs make them more well-rounded. And it's not like high school kids can get after-school jobs in Toledo these days...

 

Other proposed cuts included the elimination of bus transportation for high school students and the establishment of a two-mile walking zone for others

 

First off, most high school kids in Toledo can't afford cars. There are no jobs for them (other than dealing drugs). Second, one mile walking is certainly realistic and even healthy for the kids (burn some calories walking to school), but two miles is stretching it. That's a lot of time spent just traveling to and from school. And if you close down Libbey, almost every single one of those kids lives too far from the nearest high school to walk there. So let me get this straight, they want to close down Libbey while eliminating bus service for all high schoolers? Those Libbey kids will need it the most! The South End kids are getting completely screwed over. If your parents can't buy you a car, how will you get to school?

 

Man, what a mess Toledo has become...

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Libbey High School debate rages on

Neighbors, officials argue over closing

By CHRISTOPHER D. KIRKPATRICK

BLADE STAFF WRITER

Article published March 25, 2010

 

On a front porch a few hundred yards from Libbey High, four friends debated the value of the red-brick school that towers over their South Toledo neighborhood. The chief reason they gave for keeping it open: Students placed into rival schools will likely have a rough time and get into fights, said Marcus Grace, a 23-year-old who attended Scott High School.

 

READ FULL STORY ON BLADE SITE

http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100325/NEWS04/3250373

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Former Toledo mayor says he can save Libbey

By Amulya Raghuveer

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at 7:27 p.m.

Last updated: Today at 8:00 AM

 

TOLEDO, OHIO -- Budget cuts proposed by Toledo Public Schools call for the closing of South Toledo's Libbey High School, but one school board member says he can save the school. Former Toledo Mayor Jack Ford says he will search for other ways to cut $1.3 million from the district's nearly $13 million budget deficit.  Board members estimate the $1.3 million will be saved by shuttering Libbey. Ford says he will find a way to keep the school's doors open for one more year.

 

Closing Libbey will force the school's 650 students to relocate to other area Toledo Public high schools, including Rogers in South Toledo and Waite in East Toledo.

 

READ FULL STORY ON NBC24 SITE

http://www.toledoonthemove.com/news/story.aspx?id=434497

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Scott High School restoration on track

$42M project aims to preserve structural gems

Article published September 10, 2010

By JENNIFER FEEHAN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

Far above the winding staircases in the center of Scott High School, a gaping hole gives visitors a view to the roof.  Skylights that were part of the school when the building opened nearly 100 years ago will be resurrected when a totally renovated Scott reopens in January, 2012.

 

Dropped ceilings that for years covered the tops of the 10-foot windows have been removed, revealing the full windows that give Scott its characteristic look as motorists pass the old school on Collingwood Boulevard.  And in the fourth-floor "refectory" that once served as the school's cafeteria, stained-glass windows that were covered over years ago are now revealed.

 

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SCOTT RENOVATION PHOTO GALLERY

 

Full article: http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100910/NEWS16/9090354

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Catching up on some Libby High School news:

 

Libbey could meet wrecking ball in February

Written by Michael Stainbrook, Toledo Free Press

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

 

Libbey High School might be a pile of rubble less than a year after its final graduates received their diplomas.  The Toledo Public Schools (TPS) Board of Education is taking steps to ensure the building either will be sold or demolished in 2011.  The Board’s desire to act on the 87-year-old structure results from ongoing fiscal woes.

 

According to the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC), TPS must begin the demolition process by Dec. 31, 2011 for the Ohio Board of Education to pay for any of the project.  OSFC will pay 77 percent of demolition costs if the building is razed by then.  Otherwise, TPS must foot the entire bill, which could top $3 million.

 

MORE: http://www.toledofreepress.com/2010/12/16/libbey-could-meet-wrecking-ball-in-february/

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