Parents of closing school make plea to school board

PRICE HILL, OH (FOX19) - Several parents protested the proposed closure of Quebec Heights Elementary School on Ross Ave in Price Hill Monday night.

They attended the CPS meeting armed with signs hoping to save their children's school. It wasn't just parents who voiced  their concerns to the school board. Price Hill community leaders and former teachers and students of Quebec Heights Elementary all tried to persuade the board to keep the school open.

The nearly 400 students who attend Quebec Heights temporary location at the former Fairmount Central Elementary will be sent to other elementary schools in the district. The school board sent a letter home recently that informed parents the school would be closing at the end of the year.

"They need to do something because they're rebuilding all these other schools. Why can't they rebuild Quebec?" said Jennifer Lacey, who has two children attending the school.

Quebec Heights is currently under lock and key as a re-design committee worked on renovation plans for the building. Something the parents say they were promised. But school board officials said Monday night that the state of Ohio will no longer fund a new building. When the latest school board levy didn't pass and student achievement fell below state standards, it all but sealed the fate of Quebec Heights.

Kimberly Maull doesn't see it that way.

"A lot of the faculty members inside of Quebec, they really care for these kids. Ands its like some of the kids have actually become attached to the faculty. And its like what about them?" she said.

Most of the students will attend other schools in the district while current 6th and 7th graders will go to Western Hills High School.

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