Sunday, June 09, 2002

Charter school moves closer to 'home'

By William A. Weathers,
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Harmony Community School of Cincinnati, one of Ohio's first charter schools, will move its campus from East Price Hill to Roselawn for the 2002-03 school year.

        School officials have signed a contract to purchase the former Jewish Community Center at 1580 Summit Road and create an educational and community multiplex center.

        “Since our inception, Harmony has been a leader in the charter school movement, and now we've put together an educational blueprint for the future that responds to the diverse needs of our community,” said David Nordyke, founder and director of theschool.

        When it moves, the school will be close to the neighborhood where most of its 500 students reside and the community where it first opened.

        The school started in a building in the Swifton Commons shopping plaza in Bond Hill in fall 1998.

        Most recently the school was located on Radcliff Drive in East Price Hill. A neighboring graphics firm appealed the Cincinnati Board of Zoning Appeals' decision to allow the school to locate in an industrial park zone.

        The East Price Hill location lacked adequate athletic facilities, school officials said, prompting the decision to move instead of fighting to stay.

        “The JCC site will give us the benefit of a large campus that will allow us to expand services to our students, their families and the community-at-large,” said Phyllis Brown, attorney for Harmony.

        Features at the site include: ball fields, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, professional exercise equipment, a Jacuzzi, an indoor running track, a regulation basketball gym, an auditorium, a day care center and dance studios.


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