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Students say farewell to Clark School with a return date in August of 2025

PHOTO BY CHUCK HOVEN
Friday, May 27, 2022, Clark School, 5550 Clark Avenue: Students enjoy an end of school year festival on the play area in front of Clark School. The festival is also a farewell party for the Clark School building. The building will be torn down to make way for a new school.

Students say farewell to Clark School with a return date in August of 2025

Plain Press, July 20220                             On May 27th Students from Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Clark School were outside enjoying a plastic climbing wall and other activities in the play area in front of the school at 5550 Clark Avenue. The celebration was somewhat of a farewell to current school building, and to the play area with its tar covered surface where students were seen daily playing outside during the school year. Beginning next school year, the Clark Pre-K to 8th Grade students will be going to the site of the former H. Barbara Booker School at 2121 W. 67th (near Lorain Avenue) so a new school can be built on the site of the current Clark School

     The Clark School will be built in the area between W. 53 and W. 56th on Clark Avenue and is expected to be completed in time for the 2025-26 school year.

     Other changes are also underway in the immediate neighborhood. The City of Cleveland’s Clark Recreation Center at 5706 Clark Avenue announced they are closing for renovations.

     Cleveland City Council also introduced legislation earlier this year authorizing the City of Cleveland Director of Public Works to apply for a grant from the National Park Service to build a new playground in the area between Clark Recreation Center and the new Clark School. 

     If all is successful, students will return to a new Clark School in the 2025-2026 School Year and potentially see a revamped recreation center and a new playground as well.

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