On Monday about 80 Clintonville residents held a rally outside Clinton Elementary School to preserve the school's annex building. Columbus Public Schools plans to demolish the Clinton Annex to create green space for neighborhood children.
The protesters want the school district to preserve the Annex and reopen its seven classrooms, giving Clinton Elementary enough space to open enrollment through the lottery system to children who are currently attending low-performing Columbus schools.
The demolition was scheduled to begin April 29, but Columbus Public Schools Superintendent Daniel Good has postponed it until the end of the school year, citing concerns about safety and disrupting student and staff activities, The Booster reported.
Clinton Elementary has great teachers and a great principal, but "it has pretty much zero diversity," said Seth Golding of the University Area Commission. "Clintonville always talks about how much it loves diversity. Here's our chance. Let's make it a lottery school and bring in some diversity."
The school district plans to proceed with the demolition despite a letter from the Clintonville Area Commission recommending that the building be preserved.