WANTED FOR CRIME IN PROGRESS #1: MAYOR JACKSON & COUNCILMAN SWEENEY FOR DESTROYING JOHN MARSHALL HS IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

Submitted by Satinder P S Puri on Sat, 11/10/2012 - 14:29.
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WANTED FOR CRIME IN PROGRESS #1: MAYOR JACKSON & COUNCILMAN SWEENEY FOR DESTROYING HISTORIC JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL, IN CLEVELAND, OHIO!

MAYOR JACKSON & COUNCILMAN SWEENEY -- PHILISTINES FROM CLEVELAND'S CITY HALL -- MAY THEIR NAMES FOREVER LIVE IN INFAMY FOR DESTROYING HISTORIC JOHN  MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL!

THE DESTRUCTION OF 80-YEAR OLD HISTORIC JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL, LOCATED IN CLEVELAND, OHIO, STARTED IN LATE OCTOBER, 2012!

City Hall has meted out gross injustice  -- through sustained & collusive inaction, and vote rigging – to over 2,400 petitioners who want to SAVE historic 80-year old JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL located at 3952 West 140th Street in Cleveland, Ohio.

The call for “Investigate City Hall” for denying due process to the petitioners and determine how Mayor Jackson, Councilman and City Council President Sweeney, Cleveland Landmarks Commission, Board of Education, and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District not only contravened the democratic process but also worked together to thwart the efforts of over 2,400 petitioners in their campaign (18-months old as of November 2012), to SAVE 80-year old historic JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL -- was made at the January 24, 2012 Board of Education meeting.

Over 400 pages of correspondence show that Mayor Jackson, Councilman Sweeney, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Gordon, and others have not been honest, trustworthy, accountable, clear, and transparent on the $50 million John Marshall High School Construction Project.

The Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) that aspires to be the premier district in the United States and teaches our children ethics and fair play has not played fair with the petitioners.

CMSD CEO Gordon provided the first response to request for information after 11 reminders spread over 8 months – a response that unfortunately does not address errors in the financial numbers –- nor provide requested critical information:

For example, how the School District decided that renovation was the preferred alternative for both John Hay and Rhodes High Schools; why renovation in the case of John Hay and Rhodes took less time than building new schools; and a detailed schedule explaining why renovation (from project start to project finish) will take longer than building a new John Marshall.

The School District did not partner, in good faith, with the petitioners to renovate 80-year old historic John Marshall High School (opened in 1932) into a first class institution of learning while also preserving our heritage – similar to what the School District has already done for the renovations of landmarked 83-year old John Hay High School (opened in 1928 and renovation completed in 2006) and 80-year old Rhodes High School (opened in 1932 and renovation completed in 2009).

In addition, Mayor Jackson took no corrective action when the delay in supplying the information needed to SAVE JOHN MARSHALL was brought to his honor’s attention.

Councilman Sweeney rigged the 5 to 4 vote to demolish landmarked John Marshall High School at the January 12, 2012 Cleveland Landmarks Commission meeting.

Mayor Jackson took no action when the vote rigging and other irregularities were brought to his honor’s attention.

Both Mayor Jackson and Councilman Sweeney are listed on the SAVE JMHS Facebook group as: WANTED FOR CONSPIRING TO DESTROY HISTORIC JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL!

The chain-link fence, erected around JMHS in July 2012, is listed on the SAVE JMHS Facebook group as “Jackson & Sweeney’s” Folly.

Historic John Marshall High School opened in 1932 located at 3952 West 140th Street in Cleveland, Ohio is an integral part of our community’s heritage. It is a temple of learning. For the past 80 years, it has served thousands of high school students who have studied subjects like English literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Art, Music, Social Studies, and others within its four walls. George M. Hopkinson, the British-born architect, who also designed John Hay, Rhodes, and 14 other landmarked schools in Cleveland -- enshrined the temple with architectural elements from Ancient Greece – the civilization that gave us the great idea of Democracy, famous philosophers like Plato and Socrates, scientists like Archimedes, and Mathematicians like Euclid and Pythagoras (c**2 = a**2 + b**2). It is a visual beacon for the multitude of residents who view it from their homes or walk, or drive past West 140th Street.

The CMSD (Cleveland Metropolitan School District) wants to build a New School and destroy our 80-year old architectural gem, Auditorium, Underground Running Tracks, and Swimming Pool.  Over 2,400 petitioners want to renovate John Marshall similar to the renovation of landmarked 83-year old John Hay (renovation completed in 2006) and 80-year old Rhodes (renovation completed in 2009) High Schools.

John Marshall High School’s auditorium is used for the performing arts by young artists. The underground running tracks– reminiscent of the Roman catacombs, and the swimming pool – are used both by young athletes and the community.

The School District claims a new school will be cheaper – but will not say – it is cheaper only in an apples-to-oranges comparison – as the new school in addition to destroying our heritage – will not have an Auditorium, Underground Running Tracks, or a Swimming Pool. The District is not providing information explaining errors in their financial numbers or how they were able to renovate John Hay and Rhodes High Schools without destroying them. While the existing school has held up to 3,000 students – the new school will hold 1,200 students.

The JMHS Construction Project is being funded through a bond issue – 2/3rd of the funds come from OSFC (Ohio State Facilities Commission) and 1/3rd from the City of Cleveland.

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Follow the SAVE JOHN MARSHALL HIGH SCHOOL group on Facebook:                                                            https://www.facebook.com/groups/160386844035662/

Also, see the following three YouTube clips:

1. Save John Marshall High School, Cleveland, Ohio
http://youtu.be/S6Shgwi5cuU

2. Save John Marshall High School Pt. 2: Demonstration                                                                                        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdTaCQrwoF4

3. Save John Marshall High School Part 3: Call for a Hunger Strike
http://youtu.be/nyoL5sFBjeA

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