Tuesday, March 13, 2001

Princeton plan: Fix or replace schools

By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        All 11 schools in the Princeton City School District would be remodeled or replaced in a proposed $150 million plan to upgrade buildings.

        The district's Facilities Committee unveiled the plan Monday night at the Princeton Board of Education meeting. It's the first step in a process that will likely end with a bond issue election in 2002.

        “We have to look at the hard facts, finances and needs to see how much of this plan we will accept and how much of it will be modified,” said Jenny Pansing, board president.

        Under the plan:

        • Four elementaries would be replaced: Glendale, Lincoln Heights, Sharonville and Springdale.

        • The seven remaining schools would be remodeled with projects ranging from classroom additions to a performing-arts facility.

        • Improvements would be made to district support facilities, including the central office, and to athletics facilities.

        “I think it's important to note that all communities that have schools will continue to have schools,” Superintendent Dennis Peterson said.

        “There will be no school closings in this plan.”

        Upgrades are essential to meet the needs of today's educational programs, the superintendent said.

        The Facilities Committee began work on the plan last March. Community input will play a role in shaping the final proposal.


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