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CANS Names New Principal

James Zoller joins CANS as principal. Prior to his service with Cincinnati Public Schools, he spent four years as a building administrator in the Lakota Local School District. He was also a classroom teacher for nine years with Wyoming City Schools. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Virginia as well as a master of education degree from Xavier University.

Read about Principal James Zoller

CPS to Form Interim LSDMC to Interview Principal for CANS

It’s an exciting time in the establishment of the Clifton Area Neighborhood School: time for an Interim LSDMC to meet and prepare to interview candidates for the position of principal of the new school.

LSDMCs, or Local School Decision Making Committees, are established according to the CPS Board of Education Board Policy. Each school community is represented by an LSDMC.

Representatives to the LSDMC will be selected by the CANS parent organization, Cincinnati Federation of Teachers, non-CFT employee representatives, and a community representative selected by each of the three neighborhoods that are part of the Clifton Area Neighborhood School – CUF (Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview), Clifton and Spring Grove Village.

The Interim LSDMC will be created prior to December 21, 2018 for the expressed purpose of creating questions for principal candidates and interviewing those candidates only.

For more information about the Interim LSDMC process, please contact Lauren Worley or Sheila Hess at CPS at (513) 363-0020 or via email.

Clifton Area Neighborhood School Adds Second Grade  

CANS school buildingThe new Clifton Area Neighborhood School (CANS) has added second grade for the 2019-20 school year, its third year of growth. CANS now serves children in preschool, kindergarten, first grade and second grade, and will continue to add grades year by year up to sixth grade.

To register a child in CANS:

  • For preschool, contact Maggie Naber in CPS' Early Childhood Department: (513) 363-0258. 
  • For school-age registration, contact the Customer Care Center: (513) 363-0123

The new neighborhood school serves three Cincinnati neighborhoods — Clifton, Spring Grove Village and CUF (coalition of Clifton Heights, University Heights and Fairview). As a neighborhood school, CANS draws students from homes within a designated attendance area. 

Find out if your child is eligible to attend CANS: CANS Attendance Area (CANS area is orange.) 

Website - Clifton Area Neighborhood School

CANS Growing In Temporary Home

Classrooms for CANS' preschoolers, (ages 3-4), kindergarteners, (age 5) and first-graders are operating now at Rising Stars Academy at Vine, 2120 Vine Street (45210) in Mt. Auburn - the school's temporary home until renovations are completed at its permanent location in the former Clifton School, (pictured) 3711 Clifton Avenue (45220). The Clifton School building, built in 1906 in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, closed as a school in 2006.

CPS recently purchased the Rawson Farmhouse and two parcels of land that front on Clifton Avenue adjacent to the former Clifton School building. The additional land will be used to enlarge the Clifton School campus. 

Clifton Community Sought New School

Cincinnati Public Schools decided to create the new neighborhood school after community members expressed interest in a school dedicated to serving the Clifton area, and it was determined that there are enough children in the neighborhoods to begin growing a school. CPS launched plans to open the new school with help from a volunteer advisory group of community members. 

The CANS Advisory Group is looking for parents of potential students for the new school and for community members interested in helping with the planning and follow-through of every facet. The Advisory Group meets once a week.

Contact CANS Advisory Group

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