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CPS revises master plan to reflect enrollment growth

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati Public Schools Superintendent Mary Ronan, with Michael C. Shoemaker, Executive Director of the Ohio School Facilities Commission (OSFC) and Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, have announced the state's agreement to revise CPS' Facilities Master Plan to reflect higher-than-projected student enrollment.

During a press conference on Tuesday held at the former and future home of Rothenberg Preparatory Academy in Over-the-Rhine, Shoemaker, Ronan, and Mallory said the new plan calls for a projected student population of 32,687 students - an increase of nearly 3,500 students over previous projections.

Director Shoemaker called the projected enrollment growth, "a huge positive indicator for both Cincinnati Public Schools' educational program and for Ohio's school construction program."

"Cincinnati Public Schools has turned the tide on enrollment, and we now are moving in the right direction," Superintendent Ronan said. "Our students' academic performance along with our graduation rate are rising, too, as we welcome more families back to CPS."

Mayor Mark Mallory noted that the city and the school district are partners in bringing new population growth to the area.

"For the first time in 50 years, Cincinnati's population is growing and that is having a positive effect on CPS' enrollment," Mayor Mallory said. "As we complete new and renovated schools throughout our city, they will strengthen our efforts to revitalize our neighborhoods and lead to even further growth in our population."

Presenting a mock check representing Ohio's share of the supplemental project cost, Shoemaker  added, "the revised plan means the state will be providing an additional $20 million toward the approximately $89-million increase to the projected cost of the Cincinnati building program."

Additionally, Shoemaker announced that the OSFC had approved CPS' proposal to fully renovate the Rothenberg building. Rothenberg, built in 1914 and designated a historic building, originally was scheduled for replacement. Shoemaker stated that the Commission "is committed to co-funding the renovation of Rothenberg."


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