CLEVELAND - After protesting the merger of their school with a nearby campus, the students at the Whitney Young Leadership Academy for the Gifted and Talented received word that the Cleveland Metropolitan School District will be installing portable classrooms to keep the gifted program in its current location.
Earlier this month, students protested a merger that would dismantle their school and move them to different campuses. They met with district CEO Eric Gordon and proposed a new plan to keep their school intact.
The new plan, which the school board approved, will allow the school to remain together as part of a 14-classroom modular wing that will be added to the new K-8 building on Harvard Avenue. Students from Charles Eliot Middle School, who were supposed to move into the K-8 building, will be kept separate, though the two schools will share some spaces like the gym, cafeteria, music and art rooms.
The district will pay the $1.5 million cost with money already set aside for school repairs. CMSD said it cannot comment on what repairs will be cut to free up the money needed for the new classrooms.