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What should Cincinnati Public Schools do with Mother of Mercy's former home?

Posted at 12:34 AM, Dec 11, 2018

CINCINNATI -- Mother of Mercy High School's merger with McAuley High left Cincinnati Public Schools with 13 acres of possibility at the all-girls Catholic school's former home. 

At a school board meeting Tuesday night, members of the public shared how they'd like to see it used.

Some want the building to be repurposed for an existing school such as Gamble Montessori, but many said they instead believed it should house a new school -- one that can provide the west side of the city with college prep on the same level as Walnut Hills High.

"People care about this a lot," said Liz Blume, who conducted a study of over 300 people in October and November. "We really are looking for that academic rigor that has a sort of Westwood version to it. They want kids to aspire to be there."

Alumnae of Mother of Mercy told her they hoped not to see any substantial changes to the building, she added. What goes inside, however, could be anything.

"This is huge," school board member Eve Bolton said. "This is very huge."

So huge, in fact, it merited further consideration. The school board did not take a vote on the future of the space Monday night, but it could appear on the agenda in coming weeks.