CPS Board Unveils Expansion Plans for CANS, Westwood Campus, Stargel Stadium

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The Cincinnati Board of Education unveiled details about two newly acquired properties to accommodate the growing district. At an Aug. 27 press conference, the board also shared updates about the site of the new Willard R. Stargel Stadium in the West End.

The Cincinnati Board of Education unveiled details about two newly acquired properties to accommodate the growing district. at an Aug. 27 press conference.

“CPS is growing,” said board president Carolyn Jones. “Our district has more students, so we are adding more facilities and creating more innovative academic programming to bolster student achievement.”

CPS projections indicate that the district will have a total of 35,544 students enrolled across its 63 schools for the 2018-19 school year — an increase of more than 500 students since last year. To accommodate the district’s rising enrollment (more than 4,000 new students over five years), CPS will reopen the former Clifton School, recently occupied by the Clifton Cultural Arts Center, and rename it Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS). In June, the district purchased the former Mercy High School. Both sites are planned to open by Fall 2019.

Clifton Area Neighborhood Schools

CPS will formally reacquire the Clifton School on Sept. 1, 2018. Located at 3711 Clifton Avenue, the district will make updates to the building to accommodate an expected 400 to 500 students in grades PreK-6.

Some students are already enrolled in CANS, attending classes at the Rising Stars Academy on Vine Street. As of Aug. 24, 21 students were enrolled in preschool, 23 enrolled in kindergarten and 12 enrolled in the first grade.

“We commend the hard work and engagement of the CANS Advisory Group,” said CPS board member Eve Bolton. “They are driving the enrollment initiative and co-developing the curriculum focus for the new school with the community and the district.”

Community members are invited to a public event at 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, to learn more details about the school, such as new partnerships and how they can get involved.

Westwood Campus (Former Mercy High School)

To accommodate the notable increase in demand for CPS schools on Cincinnati’s West Side, CPS has purchased the former Mercy High School building at 3036 Werk Road in Westwood and officially takes possession of the property Sept. 1, 2018.

“We feel this is an incredible opportunity to maintain a vibrant school community in the Westwood neighborhood, especially in an area where our enrollment is growing,” said CPS board member Melanie Bates.

The board purchased the school for $2.85 million. The purchase includes the 13.71-acre property and the 124,000-square-foot building, along with two houses on Ramona and Epworth avenues.

Community members are invited to a public event at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 6. The event will be held at the school’s library.

Stargel Stadium

Since January 2018, the board has been engaged with Football Club Cincinnati (FC Cincinnati) on the soccer team’s proposal to utilize land occupied by the existing Stargel Stadium. In a land swap, FC Cincinnati gave property and funding to CPS to build a new Stargel Stadium across Ezzard Charles Drive. In addition to the land swap, the board agreed to $10 million for a new Stargel Stadium to be constructed and an agreement on the taxes FC Cincinnati will pay to CPS.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our students to have use of a new, state-of-the-art sports and recreation facility,” said CPS board member Mike Moroski.

The architecture firm Elevar is constructing the new facility that will serve nearly 30 teams, including six CPS high school football programs. Construction is slated for completion by the first football game of the 2019 season.

The district invites community members to the following two events:

  • Westwood Campus
    Thursday, Sept. 6, at 1 p.m.
    Westwood Campus (formerly Mercy High School)
    3036 Werk Road
    Cincinnati, OH 45211
  • Clifton Area Neighborhood School
    Friday, Sept. 7, at 11 a.m.
    Clifton Area Neighborhood School
    3711 Clifton Avenue
    Cincinnati, OH 45220

Keep up with CPS’ various expansion initiatives at cps-k12.org.

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