Construction Launch at Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary

On Thursday. May 25, 2017 after two years of planning, we finally broke ground for the building of the new Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School. Well, we held the celebration of the ground breaking and construction launch in the old school gym because it was pouring rain outside. Regardless, the event kicked off by the Perry Drum Corps was a beautiful day in Ward 8 and we were joined by school staff, CMSD Administrators, Councilman Michael D. Polensek, the Design Team, community residents and above all the students of the school.

The new school, estimated to cost $16 million, is planned as a 57,000 square foot state-of-the-art school and should be a great asset for our young scholars as well as for the community. The histiry of the old school as well as some of the appertunences of the old school building, considered a landmark, will be featured in the new building. It will be an opportunity to look forward to greater educational opportunities, a chance to speak about the history more, and invite the community to become more involved in their schools.

 It was a great day with the students and the look on their faces and the inclusion in the "groundbreaking" was quite special.

As this project moves forward we will continue to update the community through articles and at neighborhood meetings. We look forward to opening day. I hope our students have a safe and happy summer and when you return in the fall our scholars will be involved in watching a new school being built.

 In fact, I encourage the community to get involved in all of our schools. There are opportunities galore from participating in the creation of a new school to working in the Memorial School Garden to supporting the diversity of education we have in Ward 8. Get involved.

 To get further involved or if you have any questions pertaining to OHPerry Schhol, please feel free to contact me in the office at (216) 664-4236 or via email at

Mary Louise Jesek Daley

Resident of neighborhood since 1956. Worked on East 185th street since 1970.

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Volume 9, Issue 6, Posted 6:04 PM, 06.13.2017