Cleveland Students Head to Class Wednesday

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CLEVELAND -- Today was the first day of class for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. Many students, parents and teachers have high expectations for the coming school year.

Some students at the Whitney Young School on Harvard Avenue were happy to see each other as they got off their buses, and hugged as they strolled onto campus.

This year the district has tightened its budget, so some students are worried about after school programs--especially when they are filling out their college applications.

"I hope that we have more extracurricular activities for me to do," says Chazz Ware, a junior at the Whitney Young School.

Students are not the only ones excited about being back on campus. Principal Karen Byron Johnson says she is looking forward to her school's 12th grade program.

"My seniors are all college focused I'll probably have once again have a 100 percent graduation rate so the ‘Cleveland Plan’ will allow us to focus on the academics so I can have that kind of graduation from here on out."

This year Clevelanders will be asked to vote on a levy that would raise $77 million to help transform the schools and fill the budget gap.

Some parents dropping off their children at school Wednesday morning say they are in support of the levy this November. Concerned parent Michael Byers say he wants his children to have the same opportunities that other students have in other areas.

"We will be voting yes for the levy because we want the sports curriculum the additional arts and music programs we don't want our children to be deprived of that either."

The chief operating officer of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District was making the rounds visiting several schools Wednesday morning was making the rounds meeting with students. Eric Gordon says he's hoping Clevelanders will be voting the right way when the levy issue comes around this fall.

"That's what this levy is about, actually investing in our kids instead of cutting every year and dis-investing so for 63 cents a day we can do a ton for our kids and we are looking for that support."

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