Cleveland School Closing Due to Safety Concerns

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CLEVELAND, Ohio— Almira at the Nathaniel Hawthorne School is shutting its doors because of safety concerns for students and staff, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District announced Thursday.

“During a routine inspection of the Nathaniel Hawthorne building, the current swing-site location of Almira students and staff, a custodian noticed that two structural support beams were deteriorating. As a precautionary measure, since the beams support the roof at the PreK-8 school, structural engineers from the Barber & Hoffman Consulting Firm are conducting an on-site survey to make recommendations for future use of the building,” CMSD said in a statement.

Meanwhile, classes at the school at 3575 West 130th Street have been canceled on Jan. 9, 10 and 11, and will likely not resume until Thursday, Jan. 12, when students and faculty members are transferred to the Brooklawn school facility located at 11801 Worthington Ave.

Patrick Zohn, Chief Operations Officer for CMSD, told Fox 8 News the students would remain at the new facility for the remainder of the school year.

The district said its staff was being notified in advance of the relocation to the new school building. Parents will receive both a letter and a telephone message detailing the situation. CMSD’s operation staff will assist in the transition efforts.

Transportation services for the school’s 312 students are being re-routed to the Brooklawn facility, which is about one-mile away from Almira at Nathaniel Hawthorne. Parents with questions about the services may call (216) 634-7021.

Anyone with further questions or concerns about the relocation of the school should call (216) 574-8378.

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