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The dog pictured below was found in the Ludlow neighborhood earlier this week. Do you know who the owner is?
E-mail email@example.com to get connected with our neighbor who is currently caring for it.
A Message from the Shaker Heights Board of Education:
In 2016, the Shaker Schools have the opportunity to leverage local funds with a request for a partial State contribution toward major facilities projects. The State funds come with many regulations and requirements, but present an opportunity we could not ignore exploring. The Board is therefore acting now to decide whether to preserve our eligibility for state funds, although the Master Plan is still very much a work in progress.
Beginning in June of 2015 with an extensive Educational Visioning process and continuing through the most recent Community meeting on April 7, hundreds of people have attended community planning sessions and shared their thoughts and comments. This is a complex and ongoing process with many months of work yet to come. The ideas and feedback provided by the community have been extremely helpful in getting to this point and will continue to be helpful moving forward. The Board wishes to thank everyone who has been involved. The time, effort and thoughtfulness from all involved are greatly appreciated.
We have many project options, from foregoing State funds and continuing to make needed repairs and minor changes within our limited borrowing capacity, to utilizing some State funds where they will have the most impact including at our High School and either a new grades 7-8 middle school, or new middle years campus with separate wings for grades 5-6 and 7-8 with access to joint resources such as an auditorium and pool, along with updates to our K-4 buildings.
Community input thus far includes:
- The educational experience of our students — including their academic, social and emotional growth — will remain the primary focus of all decisions.
- The historic facades on our schools, which were constructed between 1914 (Boulevard) and 1957 (Shaker Middle School), should reflect community aesthetics.
- Each of our buildings, while currently “warm, safe and dry,” require some major maintenance in the coming years and would benefit from upgrades in technology, lighting, plumbing and climate control.
- Any request to increase property taxes must be based on true need and be balanced against the impact the taxes have on our families and City. Fiscal restraint has guided our actions for many years and will continue to do so.
- Our staff and our schools provide an excellent educational experience for our students, but frequently staff has to work against building design or outdated resources to fulfill the educational mission.
- Adjustments to electrical systems, flexible furniture and reconfiguring some spaces could enhance the learning environment in a cost-effective manner without changing the historic architecture.
- Our parents appreciate the current grade groupings of K-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-12, yet community and staff are aware that enhanced coordination between the 5-6 and 7-8 buildings could offer several educational benefits to our students as well as create operating efficiencies.
- Shaker Middle School is the building most in need of both significant maintenance and reconfiguration. This is also on our largest campus, providing the most opportunity for new facilities as well as community-accessible resources.
- Our community values the current High School for both location and aesthetics, but the building would benefit from upgrades to enhance its usability and the student experience.
- There are cost and functional efficiencies which should be explored in centralizing our nonacademic facilities, such as administration, professional learning and information technology.
- Preserving flexibility in any Plan is important to ensure its final details best serve the needs of our staff, students and community.
Although a Master Plan may be submitted next month to the Ohio School Facilities Commission, the details of the Plan will continue to be studied and revised. We have been advised that it is easier to plan big now and scale back later. There will continue to be opportunities for public involvement based on future architectural work, feasibility studies and other information necessary to make final decisions before seeking voter approval of actual projects likely in May 2017.
The Ludlow Community Association lost a giant this month. Dr. Winston Richie, Ludlow Community Association (LCA) co-founder, died on Friday, February 12, 2016, at Judson Park Retirement Community. Richie, with his wife Beatrice Jourdain, founded the LCA in 1956, after becoming the first African American residents to purchase a home in the Ludlow neighborhood. In addition to being a dentist and realtor, Richie was also the first African-American elected to serve as a Shaker Heights’ councilman and vice mayor.
Read more about Dr. Richie’s life in the Sun Press.
The Ludlow community was featured in New York City Public Library exhibit entitled, “Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson.”
The description from the NYCPL:
What do the suburbs teach us about the black experience, family ideals, community and racial identity? How is the myth of the American Dream complicated by the African American suburban experience? These and other questions are explored in our new exhibition, Black Suburbia: From Levittown to Ferguson, co-presented by The National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University and curated by James Levy of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. This exhibition travels through Hempstead, New York; Shaker Heights, Ohio; Compton and Baldwin Hills, California; and other American suburbs. The collection features photographs, letters, property deeds, personal interviews, artifacts and compelling archival film footage that trace a twentieth century narrative of migration and community building that reveals a rich tapestry of contradictions and the persistence of hope.
The feature will be on exhibit through December 31, 2015 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem in New York City. Learn more at: http://www.nypl.org/events/exhibitions/black-suburbia
The Ludlow Community Holiday Celebration will be held on Sunday, December 13, 2015, from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm at the Ludlow School (corner of Southington and Ludlow).
Attendance is free and a light dinner will be provided by the Ludlow Community Association.
There will be a 50/50 Raffle, Caroling, Children’s activities, and visit from Santa Clause.
You can also renew your LCA Membership at the party!
In keeping with the spirit and season of giving, please bring non-perishable food items to donate to the Cleveland Food Bank.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!
For more information call: (216) 283-4061
The City of Shaker Heights has recently formed a Climate Change Task Force. The Task Force is chaired by Council Member Julianna Johnston Senturia and other members are Anne Williams (Member of Council), Sean Malone (newly elected to Council), Nancy King Smith, Neil Dick, and Norman Robbins.
The Task Force made a preliminary report to the City’s Safety & Public Works Committee on November 6. This report followed the September 16 Town Hall Forum on “Building a Resilient City,” which was put together by the Task Force.
Preliminary recommendations for individuals to help reduce the impact of climate change include the following:
- Join the “ReadyNotify” System to be alerted to emergency situations
- Consider joining CERT, the City’s Community Emergency Response Team, which helps the City deal with various emergencies (call Sandi Hurley at 216-491-1481)
- Check your sewer laterals going to street main sewers for any blockages
- Plant trees and landscaping to absorb water
- Use www.coolclimate.berkeley.edu calculator to estimate your major sources of individual carbon dioxide emissions
- Cut Green House Gas (GHG) emissions by 13% per household by switching to NOPEC’s electric fixed rate 100% renewable energy plan (call 800-292-9284)
- Reduce energy use through use of low energy bulbs (LED, Halogen or CFL), install a smart thermostat, and purchase ENERGY STAR appliances
- Consider insulation investment options throughout your home
- Become informed on what and how to recycle correctly.
The final report will include further recommendations for individuals as well as recommendations as to what the city government can do. The report is expected to be released in December.
The monthly Ludlow Community Association will meet TONIGHT (Tuesday, November 17th) at 7 PM at the Ludlow School Building (PEP School) at Ludlow and Southington.
Please join us to share your concerns but more importantly your hopes for our neighborhood.
All residents of the Ludlow neighborhood — both Cleveland and Shaker Heights are welcome!
Mayor Earl Leiken’s Deer Task Force encourages residents to share their observations of and damage from the local deer population through two online tools: a Deer Survey and a Deer Incident/Damage Report. The survey will enable the Deer Task Force to collect data on how frequently residents see deer in their neighborhoods, what concerns residents have regarding deer, and whether deer have damaged property and/or landscaping. Residents whose property has been damaged may complete the incident report to share photos and detail the extent of any damage.
Mayor Leiken formed the Deer Task Force this year, following his collaboration with Eastside Wildlife Management Partnership (EWMP), a group of eight east side municipalities formed to evaluate deer populations in the contiguous areas. The EWMP paid for an aerial infrared deer survey, which showed the heaviest deer concentrations in the eastern portion of the area surveyed – Pepper Pike had 37 deer per square mile, while Shaker had nine deer per square mile. Each community in the EWMP will determine its own course of action to manage deer populations, but will share information, data, and compare experiences.
Information from the survey and reports will be combined with the aerial infrared survey to better document the deer problem in Shaker. The Task Force will prepare a final report to present to City Council before the end of this year.
Are you ready to ride the rocket car at the Ludlow Community Association Picnic?
WHEN: This Sunday (August 16th)
TIME: 3 PM to 6 PM at Ludlow School (Southington & Ludlow)
WHAT TO BRING:
Last Names A thru M – Side Dish (to serve 10-12)
Last Names N thru Z, Dessert (to serve 10-12)
See you there!