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Toledo School Transformation Plan Leaves 100 Acres of Vacant Lots

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The Toledo Blade reports on the results of the Toledo school district’s building and renovation program:

Vacant lots where schools once stood now dot Toledo neighborhoods… All told, more than 100 acres at about two dozen TPS properties are vacant and mostly grass after the completion of the district’s massive Building for Success program, which rebuilt and renovated dozens of schools while demolishing the old buildings.

The Toledo school district razed about two dozen schools in the past year because of falling enrollment and a lack of anyone interested in and able to purchase the buildings.

The schools knocked down include Nathan Hale Elementary, which opened in 1920, and Libbey High School, which opened in 1923 and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

As we noted earlier:

Enrollment in the Toledo school district dropped 39 percent from 2000 to 2010. The city’s population dropped by 8 percent over the same period.

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