Monday, November 06, 2000

Indian Hill school levy divides camps

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        INDIAN HILL — The levy campaign for Indian Hill Schools is heating up as two groups take sides on Tuesday's 4.18-mill bond issue vote.

        If the levy passes, it would provide $49.6 million to build a new high school and elementary school, and renovate the middle school, primary school and other build ings.

        The cost to homeowners would be an additional $146 a year per $100,000 assessment.

        Flo DeWitt of Kenwood, co-chair for the Community for Indian Hills Schools, said the levy is needed because schools are overcrowded.

        “We've had a 39 percent increase in enrollment over the last decade, and we're expecting another 12 percent over the new few years,” she said. “There is no more room to expand. We have parents actually asking for trailers now.“

        Another reason, she said, is that buildings are 40 to 50 years oldand that classrooms are too small to support active learning, working as teams, doing hands-on activities.

        The Citizens Committee for 21st Century Schools spokesman Fred Sanborn expressed concern that “this money will be spent for facilities, and there will be very little change in what happens in the classrooms.”

        Mr. Sanborn advocates a system where students could access instructional materials from anywhere, anytime.

        “When we have a new high school, we'll still be doing the same old lecture method,” he said.


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