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By Sharon Stevens, Education Reporter

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Efforts are underway to save Cleveland Naval ROTC High School one day after it was recommended for closure.

St. Louis Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams made the recommendation at Wednesday night's school district meeting.

The Cleveland Naval Junior Academy Alumni Association launched a letter-writing campaign to save the school. The alums live in St. Louis, Atlanta and other cities around the country.

At present, Cleveland Naval Junior ROTC operates out of the Old Southwest High School.

District administrators blame high costs and declining revenue for recommending cost-cutting measures.
Until 1986, Cleveland was located on Louisiana Avenue, first as a regular high school and later as the ROTC high school. It has moved twice since then.

Cleveland Naval Junior Academy Alumni Association members point to the school's high academic scores and military environment as reasons to keep Cleveland open.

"Everyone that graduates is not going to go military but the experience that it offers you and the knowledge that you get lasts a lifetime," said Tammie Wheeler, Cleveland Naval Junior ROTC Class of 1986.

"We need to be able to have something up our sleeve so that we can come to the table with Dr. Adams," said Jayda Griffin, media relations co-coordinator for the alumni group. "He has asked to meet with us, the executive committee, and we are so proud to be able to step up to the plate to see that these doors stay open."

The Cleveland Naval Junior Academy Alumni Association will meet on Friday, March 1.

For more information about association activities, you can contact one of the following people:

Jayda Griffin
Executive Media Relations Coordinator
Cleveland Naval Junior Academy St. Louis Alumni Association
jcgriffin71@gmail.com

 

 

Robyn Cobbs McCaleb
Executive Media Relations Coordinator
Cleveland Naval Junior Academy St. Louis Alumni Association
robynmc2001@yahoo.com 

 

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