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Cleveland Metropolitan School District postpones closure of Collinwood High School

CMSD proposed a plan last month to close nearly a dozen schools.

CLEVELAND — The planned closure of Collinwood High School has been delayed, according to a news release issued by Cleveland city councilman Michael D. Polensek Friday afternoon.

According to the release, Cleveland Metropolitan School District CEO Eric Gordon notified Polensek's office of the delay, which is for at least a year, Friday.

CMSD has proposed the creation of “Friends of Collinwood High School”, which would work with the city, stakeholders, parents and local businesses to form programs to "Develop and implement a robust manufacturing careers pathway and post-graduation opportunities for Scholars, create and implement a strategy for recruitment and retention of students to ensure program viability, and identify community partners and businesses to assist in providing opportunities for the Collinwood campus to become a mixed-use asset for the Five Pointes area."

CMSD proposed a plan last month to close nearly a dozen schools, including Collinwood. Collinwood students, who are known as the Railroaders, would be sent to rival Glenville High School, home of the Tarblooders. 

Gordon said that under the plan, more students will be able to take music and Advanced Placement courses as well as get vocational training at east side schools, which parents and officials have wanted for years.

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