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Mentor schools closing buildings, restructuring in cost-saving move

January 10, 2018

Mentor schools closing buildings, restructuring in cost-saving move

MENTOR, Ohio — The city’s school district will close two elementary schools while also reconfiguring the use of other buildings in an attempt to cut costs, the superintendent announced Tuesday.

Brentmoor and Garfield elementary schools will be closed after this school year concludes, while Ridge Middle School will be turned into an elementary school.

Students in sixth to eighth grade will attend either Shore or Memorial middle schools. (See a map here.)

In a video statement posted on the district’s website, interim Superintendent Bill Porter said the moves come after “careful consideration and months of discussion.”

“I understand that this may not be easy news to hear,” he said.

All students attending Brentmoor will attend Ridge next year, while students Garfield will be split among Hopkins, Fairfax or Ridge, Porter said.

The district also is redrawing the attendance boundaries for its elementary buildings, meaning some students will go to different buildings next school year. (See a map here.) Some current Hopkins students could be sent to Ridge and some Fairfax students will attend Orchard Hollow.

Parents should receive notification of what school their children will attend within the next few weeks, Porter said.

The district is planning to place administrators and teachers from the closed buildings into the other positions “as the reassignment of students and retirements allow.”

“I know this is a lot of change and I certainly realize that change can often be difficult,” Porter said. “Please know that this decision was not made lightly.”

Porter said the changes are expected to save the school district $7 million over the next five years.

The district is scheduling informational meetings for parents from schools affected. The Fairfax meeting is 5:30 p.m. Thursday; Brentmoor is 5:30 p.m. and Ridge 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16; Garfield is 5:30 p.m. and Hopkins is 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17.

All of the meetings are at the Paradigm Center, 6465 Center St.

The changes brought sad reactions from parents on social media:

Not happy at all that my 6 year old is upset and crying her school is closing... especially since the entire reason I purchased my home in the first place was because her schools were 1 minute from my house... thanks for nothing.— Melissa (@melissaflam) January 10, 2018

Same here, I live right next to wildwood and could walk to Hopkins but they feel Ridge is where she should go. Such crap.— David Spivack (@spivdw) January 10, 2018

Very saddened to hear about the upcoming closure of Ridge, Garfield and Brentmoor. It’s sad to see three of our schools to be closed. It won’t be easy to watch buildings that have been apart of Mentor Schools for years go away in the coming months. #OnceACard— Dylan Morgano???? (@dylmorgano) January 9, 2018

Used to be #OnceACard, but not a happy Card right now. Please don’t ask for money in the future to build new schools to replace the overcrowded ones you are filling. Bad decision to make so many drastic changes AND with a temp Super.— Susanne (@GeocacheMom) January 10, 2018

Sad to see the Brentmoor & Garfield go with this announcement. I still use this notepad back from when I was at Ridge when it was a Jr. High (circa 2007). #OnceACard pic.twitter.com/K5siAZg7Ul— Alex Catanese (@alex2catanese) January 10, 2018