The Board of Education voted Tuesday to sponsor the Lakeshore Intergenerational School. The school, which will begin operation next school year, plans to use space at St. Casmir Church, 18022 Neff Rd.
The school is affiliated with The Intergenerational School, 11327 Shaker Blvd., and Near West Intergenerational School, 3805 Terrett Ave. The schools group students by ability instead of age and promote interaction between the children and adults.
Lakeshore Intergenerational will open with kindergarten through second grade. Initial enrollment is estimated at 96 students.
The board also voted Tuesday to approve a preliminary agreement with the Global Ambassadors Language Academy, which would open with an estimated 80 kindergartners in 2015. Students will learn languages that include Chinese and Spanish.
The Cleveland Plan, CMSD’s state-approved blueprint for reform, calls for promoting high-quality options for families, including charter schools that meet standards set by the District.
Charter schools are publicly funded but privately managed. Besides state funds, CMSD-sponsored charters are unique in that they receive a share of 1 mill from a 15-mill school levy that voters approved in November 2012. That mill brings in an estimated $4.9 million a year.
The District now sponsors nine charter schools. The charters’ test scores are used in calculating CMSD’s report card, but the students are not counted in the District’s enrollment.
Board of Education member Robert Heard describes CMSD as the most “charter friendly” district in Ohio, but at a meeting earlier this month, he asked whether Cleveland was nearing saturation with charter or community schools. Chief Executive Officer Eric Gordon replied that the city has more than enough of the schools, but the District needs to ensure that new arrivals will perform well.
“There absolutely is a saturation point; I would argue that charter schools have already reached that point,” Gordon said. “Where we have not hit a saturation point is quality access for everyone.”