School board remains silent on Millikin

After several board meetings which were attended by hundreds of Cleveland Heights citizens, and after hundreds of phone calls, dozens of letters to local newspaper editors, and a clear outpouring of public support from all segments of the Cleveland Heights community, the CH-UH school board has continued to ignore the voices of the citizens that they represent and accept the offer that Mosdos Ohr HaTorah has made to purchase the former Millikin School.

The school remains an abandoned and neglected eyesore, lowering property values and costing the school board thousands of dollars a year to maintain, when it can easily be turned into a thriving school full of happy children learning and playing.

The silence of the school board on this issue was amplified at a recent board meeting, when a community member spoke publicly and asked the board members direct questions regarding the board's hesitation to move on this matter. Douglas Heuer, the school board superintendent, replied that they cannot answer these types of questions publicly. An offer was then made to e-mail the board all the questions, as a written response would be acceptable. Thus far, not only have the questions remained unanswered, but none of the board members has even offered the courtesy of a reply to the e-mail. Total silence. Total lack of respect for a community member's concerns.

Here are the questions that the school board has refused to answer:

1. Why have the school board members not voted to begin the process of placing Millikin up for public auction?

2. Why does it take the school board two months to get a new appraisal of Millikin, when Mosdos had its appraisal completed in less than two weeks?

3. Why won't the school board talk to us, citizens of the district? Many community members, including several students, have called or e-mailed board members and the only one who kindly responds is Eric Coble. Why not at least the courtesy of a response? Why the silence?

4. Why was there never a “facilities neighborhood meeting” prior to closing Millikin?

5. Why was there never a neighborhood meeting to discuss the future of Millikin?

6. Why are there current “facilities neighborhood meetings" in every school except Millikin?

7. Why was our neighborhood playground at Millikin removed, but Coventry was allowed to keep its playground, and it  and still has a playground today?

The community looks forward to answers to these questions. We still continue to be hopeful that the school board will recognize the tremendous obvious benefits that selling Millikin to Mosdos will bring to the entire community.

Mitch Cohen

Mitch Cohen
Cleveland Heights

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 2:38 PM, 04.16.2012