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Gamble Montessori High School pushes start date back to Tuesday

High school under 'light construction' opens Aug. 20
Posted: 2:29 PM, Aug 15, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-15 15:28:13-04
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WESTWOOD — Cincinnati Public Schools will open James A. Gamble Montessori High School on Tuesday, Aug. 20, one day later than previously scheduled.

It’s also one day later than the start date for all other CPS schools. School officials said this is to allow teachers and staff extra time to get ready for the 500 students slated to attend.

Renovations to four of the building’s five floors are finished, as well as cafeteria and media room improvements, according to a CPS release.

“Light construction” will continue on the first floor, and first floor classrooms will move to temporary spaces until the middle of September. An area of the building still under construction has been tested for air quality, and district officials “have no safety concerns” in that part of the building.

CPS invested $16 million into the 143,000-square-foot, 14 acre site of the former Mercy High School on Werk Road.

Improvements to the kitchen, cafeteria, utilities, windows, media room, HVAC system, fire alarms and more began after CPS purchased the building in June 2018.