Plain Press, November 2015 Plans are going forward to build three new Cleveland Metropolitan Schools District (CMDS) schools in the Plain Press readership area — the West Side High School, Waverly and H. Barbara Booker. According to an August 3rd report by the Bond Accountability Commission, pending successful completion of price negotiations, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Ohio School Facilities Construction Commission have selected architects for Segment 7 of the CMSD’s 10-segment construction program which includes these three schools.
The new West Side High School (the replacement High School for West Tech closed in 1995) will be located at the old Max Hayes site, 4600 Detroit Avenue. The architect selected for the new high school is Then Design. The new West Side High School is projected to house 600 students and will be 99,984 square feet. The total project budget, which includes the demolition of the old Max Hayes, is $26,804,916. The construction cost for the new school is estimated at $23,100,000.
Then Design is also the architectural firm selected for the new Waverly (K-8) School. The school will be built on the site of the old Waverly school at 1818 W. 54th Street. The CMSD hopes to be able to accommodate most of the students from both Waverly and nearby Watterson Lake into one school at the new Waverly site. In the 2013-14 School year the State of Ohio listed the enrollment at Watterson Lake as 265 students and the enrollment at Waverly at 278 students.
The district plans to build the new Waverly to accommodate 450 students. According to the Bond Accountability Commission report the State of Ohio School Facilities Construction Commission has only agreed to provide its 2/3 matching funds for a facility serving 350 students. The CMSD has decided to use its LFI (Locally Funded Initiative) funds to cover the additional space for the remaining 100 students it hopes will come to the new school. The Bond Accountability Report indicated the projected size of the building at 62,849 square feet (10,000 square feet of that will be funded solely using LFI). The total budget for demolition and new construction is $15,814782 (including $2 million from LFI).
R.P. Madison International is the architectural firm selected to build the new H. Barbara Booker School. Plans call for the new H. Barbara Booker (K-8) School to serve 350 students. The school will be built at the site of the former Halle School at 7901 Halle Avenue. (Halle Avenue is just South of Clark Avenue between W. 73rd and W. 82nd.) Plans call for the new school to be 52,849 square feet. The total project budget for demolition of the old Halle School and building of the new H. Barbara Booker School is $13,714,245.