Meeting with the Planning Team + Educational Services

Just a reminder, there is a meeting tomorrow night at 6:30 at the University Heights Branch Library Meeting Room A.  Assistant Superintendent Jeff Talbert will join the architects to discuss planning ideas and take questions.


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2 Responses to Meeting with the Planning Team + Educational Services

  1. RJ says:

    I apologize if this comment is not quite in the right place, but I would like to throw an idea out there and hopefully get a response.

    While options A and B are significant changes from the norm, they are also very intriguing. I do see a lot of research supporting the K-8 school configuration, so I’m fully on board with that idea. But since we’re talking about making significant changes, I’d also like to see the school board and planning team explore another alternative grade configuration: an honors-only secondary school for grades 7 through 12.

    As I’m sure the research team already knows, many other urban districts around the country are operating such schools and having a lot of success with them. Some examples would include Walnut Hills in Cincinnati and H-B Woodlawn in Arlington, Virginia. Now obviously CH-UH is much smaller than many of those other districts, but I still believe it could work here.

    Think of the many benefits of such a school if done right. As I’m sure the research team also knows, CH and UH (both the cities and the schools) have been hemorrhaging middle- and upper-class families over the past 15-20 years, with an alienation with the schools being a big reason for this (and alienation in UH in particular being a significant problem). I sincerely believe that opening an honors school could give these types of families an incentive to not only stay in the district, but also use and support the public schools. It could also potentially raise citizen confidence in the district and improve the negative perception of the schools around the region.

    I know that this is not one of the options, and that it’s probably too late, but I really wish this idea would be considered. After all, it looks certain that the CH-UH school configuration will be changing significantly in the next few years, and I think that’s great. I just think that without doing something really radical to actually try to attract families back into the district and the schools, this school reconfiguration plan is missing out on a huge potential opportunity.

    I say all of this as a current resident and as someone who attended the district for ten years in the 1980s and 1990s…and someone who would like to be able to consider sending my future kids to school in this district. Thank you for reading and I hope that someone might respond.

  2. Matthew says:

    Is any of the demographic research that was done, available publicly? I was told the initial research and planning was available on this website, but can’t seem to find it.

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