April 21, 2014

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School board says it will close Homewood

LORAIN — The Lorain school district announced Monday it will close Homewood Elementary School to save about $200,000.
The school will be closed for the upcoming school year, and it eventually will be demolished to make way for a new school, said school spokesman Dean Schnurr.

Many of the students who were at Homewood last year were reassigned to other schools because of changing enrollment rates.

The district originally intended to keep the school open just for the upcoming school year for about 200 students, including those from Fairhome Alternative School and the Adult Basic Literacy Education, but additional number crunching revealed that the school could be closed outright to save money.

“Original plans for our construction project called for the eventual razing of Homewood Elementary School,” said Superintendent Cheryl Atkinson. “As we reviewed our plan, it became evident that we could close the building and save the taxpayers dollars."

Homewood is the fourth elementary school to be closed in the last year, with the others being Meister, Emerson and Larkmoor. Two recently constructed elementary schools, Helen Steiner Rice and Toni Morrison, will be opening in the fall.

Students who were scheduled to attend Homewood in the fall have been placed as follows:
• Preschool students will be moved to Lowell Elementary School.
Kindergarten, first and second grade students will now attend Helen Steiner Rice Elementary School.
Special education classes will be moved to Palm, Lakeview and Irving elementary schools.
The Fairhome Alternative School will be placed at Charleston Administrative Center.
ABLE, the Adult Basic Literacy Education program, does not have a location yet.

Contact Adam Wright at 653-6257 or awright@chroniclet.com.