John Marshall High School, Cleveland, Ohio - demolition discussion
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Rest in Peace,
BOARD OF ED SLAMMED AT MAY 28, 2013 MEETING FOR SENSELESS DESTRUCTION OF JOHN MARSHALL HIGH AND FOR POISONING THE ENVIRONMENT!
Submitted by Satinder P S Puri on Sun, 06/23/2013 - 00:31.
BOARD OF EDUCATION SLAMMED AT MAY 28, 2013 MEETING FOR SENSELESS DESTRUCTION OF HISTORIC JOHN MARSHALL HIGH AND FOR POISONING THE ENVIRONMENT!
BOARD OF EDUCATION WAS SLAMMED AT THE MAY 28, 2013 MEETING FOR THE SENSELESS DESTRUCTION OF HISTORIC 81-YEAR OLD JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL – A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY AND FOR POLLUTION OF THE ENVIRONMENT BY THE DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR – A CRIME AGAINST THE COMMUNITY – ALL FACILITATED BY A 100% CORRUPT SYSTEM LED BY MAYOR JACKSON AND COUNCILMAN SWEENEY – CORRUPT POLS (POLITICIANS) – AND THEIR CRONIES – A CORRUPT AND VISIONLESS SCHOOL DISTRICT -- AND PERPETUATED BY AN EQUALLY CORRUPT MEDIA.
Comments made on behalf of Petitioners at the CMSD Board of Education,
To: Denise W. Link, Chair, CMSD Board of Education
Copy to: Eric S. Gordon, CEO, CMSD (Cleveland Metropolitan School District)
Subject: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY: THE ILLEGITIMATE, SENSELESS, DESTRUCTION OF HISTORIC 81-YEAR OLD JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL FACILITATED BY A 100% CORRUPT SYSTEM IN CLEVELAND, OHIO; AND A CRIME AGAINST THE COMMUNITY: THE POISONING OF THE ENVIRONMENT FOR PRESENT AND FUTURE GENERATIONS!
My name is Satinder P. S. Puri.
This is my 20th appearance before the School Board – advocating first to SAVE historic 81-year old John Marshall High School (built in 1932) and renovate it and now talking about its illegitimate, senseless, destruction – a crime against humanity – a crime that we shall never forget – a crime which has destroyed our link to the past, poisoning of the environment (1), (4), (5) – for present and future generations -- a crime against the community – and also calling for INVESTIGATE CITY HALL (1), (3), (4) for collusive inaction, vote rigging, and denial of due process to over 2,400 petitioners who wanted to renovate the architectural gem – similar to the renovation of 84-year old John Hay and 81-year old Rhodes High Schools.
The corrupt and visionless School District that aspires to be the premier district in the United States and teaches our children ethics and fair play – played downright dirty with the petitioners – perpetuating the senseless destruction of 81-year old historic John Marshall and also permitting the irresponsible Demolition Contractor (4), (5), (6) to poison our environment in the process.
And the replacement for historic John Marshall – a new high school (scheduled for opening in August, 2015) – a jazzed up warehouse – embodying the vision of Councilman Sweeney -- a so-called -- state-of-the-art school – “a crown jewel of the student’s academic experience” without an auditorium, swimming pool, and underground running tracks –with a suggested name of MARTIN J. SWEENEY HIGH SCHOOL (6) – another dissonant transformation from the architectural gem – will be built over the graveyard (6) of John Marshall High – containing its pulverized remains (bricks, stone, etc.)
The School Board by selling the Administration Building (7) – an historic building -- has sold its soul.
THE CALL FOR “INVESTIGATE CITY HALL” CONTINUES SO THAT CORRUPT POLITICIANS -- MAYOR JACKSON AND COUNCILMAN SWEENEY AND THEIR CRONIES -- RESPONSIBLE FOR THE ILLEGITIMATE AND SENSELESS DESTRUCTION OF OUR ARCHITECTURAL GEM AND THE POISONING OF THE ENVIRONMENT ARE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE.
According to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (as posted in the school’s hallway): “Injusticte anywhere is a threat to JUSTICE EVERYWHERE.”
JOHN MARSHALL DESTROYED!
INVESTIGATE CITY HALL! INVESTIGATE CITY HALL!
I have two copies of the comments (one for the Board’s minutes (2) and one for Mr. Gordon).
SEE US ON FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, REALNEO, AND THANK YOU FOR YOUR ATTENTION!
Submitted on behalf of over 2,400 petitioners by:
Satinder P. S. Puri
Retired Structural Engineer, and Community Volunteer at Riverside School
Follow the campaign on:
(Use the links shown above or do a google search on the three YouTube videos:
Also see posts in my blog at REALNEO.
See Reference Documents dated August 23, 2011, September 27, 2011, October 25, 2011, November 22, 2011, January 24, 2012, February 28, 2012, March 27, 2012, April 17, 2012, May 22, 2012, June 26, 2012, July 31, 2012, August 21, 2012, September 25, 2012, October 23, 2012, November 20, 2012, December 11, 2012, February 26, 2013, March 26, 2013, April 23, 2013.
(2): Please include the full written comments from this meeting as well as copies of written comments made at all the prior Board meetings as part of the minutes and not as two or three line summaries which are incorrect reflections of the full comments. We are dealing with an over 50 million dollar project and the public has a right to know what is included in the comments submitted on behalf of the petitioners.
(3): 60-page document sent to Mayor Jackson dated November 8, 2012 via e-mail and certified mail. The document contained a request for written responses pertaining to questions on the $50 million John Marshall High School Construction Project from:
Mayor Frank G. Jackson; Councilman and City Council President Martin J. Sweeney;
(4): Satinder P. S. Puri’s blog at REALNEO:
(5): Correspondence with Ohio EPA: My e-mails dated January 22, 25, and 30, 2013; certified letter dated January 30, 2013, and e-mails dated January 31, 2013, February 5, 2013, February 13, 2013, February 14, 2013, February 18, 2013, March 11, 2013, and March 15, 2013.
The air is so polluted -- I have to wear a gas mask when I visit the ruins of John Marshall High, and I don’t see any of the contractor’s workers wearing them. Ohio EPA has declined to test the air and assure the community that there will be no ill effects on the residents – both short-term and long-term.
The school (John Marshall High) had literally tons of asbestos which the Demolition Contractor claims to have removed safely and whose removal Ohio EPA claims to have inspected.
Well, Ohio EPA made two inspection visits.
Unfortunately, both were dud visits and Ohio EPA inspected NOTHING!
During the first inspection (on 07-26-12) – according to the Ohio EPA report – “no one on site, building was secured.” During the second inspection (on 08-08-12) – again, according to the Ohio EPA report – there was “no activity”, “no work started”. Two dud visits and Ohio EPA claims that literally tons of asbestos was safely removed.
Next, the Demolition Contractor started demolishing the building. For over three months, Ohio EPA had no idea that the Demolition Contractor was having an open house polluting the environment because the Demolition Contractor did not file the necessary papers with Ohio EPA.
Only when I made a written complaint (on January 22, 2013) – did Ohio EPA get the Demolition Contractor to file the necessary papers – and of course – no fine was imposed.
Violations have been documented in e-mails and over 2-dozen photographs showing the polluted air and violations --and still Ohio EPA has refused to test the air and provide us with an assurance that there will be no short-term and long-term ill health effects on the community – an excellent example of how citizens without power or wealth are treated by a government agency supposedly dedicated to protecting our environment -- but actually is working to protect the interests of the irresponsible Demolition Contractor and permitting poisoning of the environment -- a crime against the community.
Here are two examples sent via e-mail to Ohio EPA on 02-12-13.
Photo 7 (Not Included): Shows spray from water truck being used. However, the air is saturated with dust and pollutants which have also moved to the houses along Viola Ave. as observed on John Marshall High School on Sunday 02-10-13. Also see Photo 8.
Photo 8 (Not Included): The air in front of the houses along Viola Ave. is saturated with dust and pollutants as observed around John Marshall High School on Sunday 02-10-13. Also see Photo 7.
(6): (Photo Not Included)
BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS! BREAKING NEWS!
AN EMPTY GRAVEYARD!
DEMOLITION CONTRACTOR EVANS HAS GONE HOME, FINALLY, AFTER NEARLY 11 MONTHS ON THE JOB -- HOME TO THE LANDSCAPING BUSINESS IN CINCINNATI – AFTER DESTROYING AN ARCHITECTURAL LANDMARK AND POISONING THE ENVIRONMENT!
PAID $2 MILLION FOR TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF HISTORIC 82-YEAR OLD JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL IN CLEVELAND, OHIO!
MAY THE NAMES OF ALL THOSE WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE SENSELESS DESTRUCTION OF JOHN MARSHALL HIGH – A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY – WHICH SHOULD NEVER BE FORGOTTEN -- PERPETRATED BY A CORRUPT CITY HALL – MAYOR JACKSON & COUNCILMAN SWEENEY -- AND A CORRUPT & VISIONLESS SCHOOL DISTRICT -- AND THEIR CRONIES -- INCLUDING THE PRESIDENT OF THE JMH ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND SOME OF THE TRUSTEES (INCLUDING THE LEAD ADMINISTRATOR ON FACEBOOK) WHO ARE IN BED WITH CITY HALL (SWEENEY & CO.) -- AND NOW PROFITING FROM THE SORDID UNDERTAKING BY SELLING BRICKS FROM THEIR “BELOVED JOHN MARSHALL” -- MAY THEIR NAMES FOREVER LIVE IN INFAMY!
NOTE: The graveyard contains the pulverized remains (bricks, stone, etc.) of majestic 81-year old John Marshall High School. A jazzed up warehouse – with a suggested name of Martin J. Sweeney High School -- a so-called state-of-the-art high school without an auditorium, swimming pool, or underground running tracks – with a scheduled completion date of August 2015 – will be built on top of the graveyard.
(7): Letter to the Editor of Scene Magazine, October 2011 (Courtesy Scene Magazine)
The Plain Dealer refused to print this letter concerning the sale of the Cleveland Schools administration building.
By researching the PD archives at the library, I found the following information.
In 1929, with the threat of hard times, the workers of this city voted for a $2 million bond issue to build the school district’s E 6th St. headquarters. At great expense, the building was constructed in French royal style in the shape of an “E” to serve as an enduring monument that a quality education for the workers’ children was the cornerstone for progress in a democratic society and that its cost would be the cost of doing business in this city.
It was also built to remind us of the sacrifices they made and to urge us to action if public education was ever threatened.
Public education is currently under attack by the same powers who wish to turn this monument into a hotel. To do so would be a betrayal not only to our ancestors but also to the citizens of Cleveland and future generations to come.
It should also be noted that the artwork in the building was done in 1930 by School of the Arts teachers and the Lincoln statue was paid for with pennies donated by school children.
— Gene Tracy