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Will you vote for a school levy??

I will not.

Taxpayers get $cr#wd again

Cleveland schools' bond issue eroded by spending on necessary repairs

Published: Saturday, June 09, 2012, 6:00 PM     Updated: Saturday, June 09, 2012, 7:38 PM

By Patrick O'Donnell, The Plain Dealer

All together, about $63 million that could have qualified for that match has been used for other purposes, amounting to more than $125 million in state money the district has lost out on – and which voters counted on when they passed the bond issue in 2001.

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Steven Collinwood June 09, 2012 at 6:47PM


close to half a million dollars for locks and doors in glenville, that says it all. More than half that money was just pocketed, Of course, the reason all those projects were done in buildings later torn down or sold, was so that shoddy work could be done at hiway robbery prices, where, after demolition, no one would look anyways.Why even hold elections over the bond issues? I would prefer if it was done at gunpoint, like a lot of other nefarious activity in this town, so relieving me of my money can be gotten over quickly


So--does it make $en$e to demolish John Marshall High School--of course, not...but this is CLE...rather CUY, where corruption and cover-ups rule.


On May 12, I and many, many others attended the Farewell Open House of John Marshall High School in Cleveland's West Park neighborhood. Despite years of marginal care, this historic building remains a gorgeous, visionary testament to understanding the importance of beautiful public spaces, particularly concerning the education of the next generation, our community's hope for the future. Instead of restoring and preserving this unique building, it is slated for demolition, to be replaced by a far inferior structure that will lack the historic presence and quality, as well as the pool, auditorium, underground track and other amenities of the current school.

John Hay High School and James Ford Rhodes were historically renovated and preserved, returned to their former glory as functioning and irreplaceable community jewels. That John Marshall should not receive the same restoration and respect is an outrage, a failure of leadership, imagination and foresight and, ultimately, a failure to galvanize the will of the community that has loved this school and recognizes the value of this historic structure.

Leslie A. Gentile Lakewood



Satinder P. S. Puri June 01, 2012 at 1:54PM

The over 12-month old SAVE JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL campaign, with over 2,400 petitioners want the School District to renovate the 80-year old historic school -- similar to the renovation of the 83-year old John Hay and 80-year old Rhodes High schools. On May 12, 2012 -- the SAVE JOHN MARSHALL campaign -- demonstrated outside JMHS for four hours: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

Mayor Jackson has been told verbally and in writing -- because of the gross injustice -- meted out to the petitioners -- if his honor will not intervene to SAVE JOHN MARSHALL -- an intervention pending for nearly one year with five requests for a meeting -- there will be a hunger strike to SAVE JOHN MARSHALL. The media from the whole world should descend -- and ask why this is happening in Cleveland, Ohio -- where an historic building has been renovated into a 21st century casino -- and historic John Marshall cannot be renovated into a 21st century school -- similar to the renovation of JMHS.

A hunger strike is a cry for justice when due process has been denied to citizens who have neither power nor wealth.

The campaign can be followed on Facebook and three clips on Youtube.



Greg June 02, 2012 at 4:27PM


As a city, we will someday come to regret very much the wholesale destruction of much of our history. It demonstrates a serious lack of foresight by many of our leaders. The impending demolition of John Marshall High School serves as a perfect example. This is a building that represents the ideals of our parents and grandparents, and is a testament to their lives. It is part of our sense of place as Clevelanders. It is something that forms a continuity between the lives of those who went before, and those of us living today. With a decent amount of care, a building constructed of brick or stone has an indefinite lifespan. The architects of the new building; which not only lacks the amenities the current school has, but also the attention to detail and ornament; publicly stated at a Landmarks Commission meeting that the new building will have a possible 100 year lifespan, which is pushing it in many people's opinion. What is even more perplexing here is that the city has committed itself to various green agendas and initiatives, including the "Sustainable Cleveland 2019" plan. Yet, despite all this, there still seems to be a lack of understanding that the very greenest thing we can do is to take care of, and reuse the buildings we have. All the embodied energy that it took to quarry, manufacture and transport the materials of the existing building will be lost, not to mention the labor that was required for construction. More energy will be used to produce and transport the materials for the new building (many of which will come from far away, and possibly even from other countries). In addition, the old building will require energy for its demolition and transport to a landfill. (and it will end up in a landfill, probably one of the biggest offenses in this whole process). A new building using even the greenest features, can take up to 80 years to overcome the greenhouse gases produced to construct it, when compared to reusing an existing building. Another point to consider is that about 80% of the cost to construct of a new building goes into the purchase of materials, compared to 50% when renovating an existing structure. The money not spent on materials goes to labor. The more money spent on labor, the more money that stays in the local economy. There are many practical and economic reasons why John Marshall High School should be renovated and these are but a few. However, the biggest travesty here in my opinion is what we are losing. Our leaders talk much about our legacy and our great history, yet somehow many seem intent on destroying it.