CPS' West Side Campus at Mercy
In summer 2018, Cincinnati Public Schools purchased the former Mother of Mercy High School building and its 13.71-acre campus in Westwood, envisioning opening a school with an innovative program to serve Cincinnati’s west side.
CPS’ full plans for the building will be announced in early 2019, with a school tentatively set to open for the 2019-20 school year. Engagement with the community, facilitated by Xavier University, was initially held in Fall 2018 and is ongoing.
School Administration Sets Up
An interim Local School Decision Making Committee (LSDMC) is being formed, for the purpose of selecting the school’s principal and to continue engaging the community as the school is developed.
The new school will be a Community Learning Center, following the model of other Cincinnati Public Schools and serving students and families beyond the school day. The LSDMC and principal will begin forming partnerships with local businesses, social service agencies, and colleges and universities — all aimed at helping prepare students for success after graduation.
Renovation in Full Swing
Meanwhile, a full renovation is under way on the campus, beginning with demolition of old mechanical, plumbing and electrical equipment. The school’s main 124,000-square-foot building was built in 1922, with several additions constructed over the years.
When completed, the school will have new heating, cooling and ventilation systems; new electrical wiring; new windows; new restrooms; new kitchen and lunchroom; new fire alarm system; new public-address system; new security system; and architectural improvements.
Below you’ll find updates on the development of the West Side Campus.
The Community Building Institute Report
The Community Building Institute presented a report to the Board of Education summarizing the community engagement conversations and online ThoughtExchange survey on December 10, 2018.
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From WVXU: How CPS Plans To Use Its New Real Estate
CPS to Announce Plans for New School — September 27, 2018