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Students and alumni trying to help keep Cleveland NJROTC open

8:57 PM, Mar 9, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) -- Cleveland Academy students and alumni are fighting for their school.  The school was one of several targeted for closure by St. Louis Public School administrators as a cost cutting measure, but on Saturday students and alumni went door to door to get signatures to keep it open.

St. Louis public school officials are trying to phase out the school and if they have their way in about three years the school will close. But students and alumni are doing everything they can to make sure that doesn't happen.

For hours, Cleveland NJROTC alumni and students were going door to door collecting signatures for a petition that would help keep their school open. They collected more than 60 signatures.

When the group got the news a little more than two weeks ago, they started brain-storming and came up with the idea to create a petition against the decision.

The district sites declining revenue and the program's high cost as reasons it should close. But alumni association members point to the school's high academic scores and military environment as reasons to keep Cleveland open.

"This is a successful school in the St. Louis Public School District. It's one of those shining stars and we need schools like this to remain open so that we will have a future as kids," said Torshawna Griffin, a senior at the school.

The alumni association will meet with superintendent Dr. Kelvin Adams on Thursday to discuss the proposal they put together. Dr. Adams but he was unavailable for comment.

If you would like to help you can sign the petition by clicking on the following link --> http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/project-save-cleveland-naval-junior-rotc-academy/

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