Thursday, May 17, 2001

Sands decision expected Monday

By Jennifer Mrozowski
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Parents of Sands Montessori students on Monday might finally know where the students will be housed beginning as early as the 2002-03 school year.

        The Cincinnati Public Schools board likely will vote then on where to place the program.

        As part of an update to the district's facilities plans, the board is trying to find a structurally sound, centrally located building in the district's eastern quadrant for CPS' growing Montessori program.

        During a committee meeting Wednesday, board members considered a plan to relocate Sands students — whose longtime West End building is crumbling and costly to heat — to the Eastern Hills campus on the far east side of the district.

        But most members favorthe Academy of World Languages building in Evanston. Some parents clapped and sighed with relief at Wednesday's news. .

        “AWL is the ideal location,” said Sands parent Mark Turner, who is vice president of the group Cincinnati Parents for Public Schools. “It's truly central in its quadrant.”

        If Sands Montessori is placed in the language academy building, the board must then consider where the Academy of World Languages will be relocated. One option to place the K-6 language school at Withrow High School.

        However, the board is now divided over two program options possible at Withrow:

        • A campus with a 7-12 international language school; a K-6 Academy of World Languages; and a 600-student 9-12 restructured high school. The high school will include three “preparatory academies” where ninth- and 10th-graders will focus on the basics and a “senior institute” where 11th- and 12th-grade students will focus on university preparation.

        • A campus with a 7-12 international language school; and two 9-12 restructured high schools. One of the 600-student high schools would include the three 9-10 preparatory academies and an 11-12 senior institute focusing on university preparation


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