Miami — Despite the news of the failed Miami Unified District Override, which was voted down on Election Day (53.09 percent “no; 46.91 “yes”), administrators still had positive news to report and an optimistic outlook on the success of their students and district. Interim Superintendent Sherry Dorathy told the board that the district can ask to have the override question placed back on the next ballot, but it will not be until November 2013. Board President Tom Castaneda thanked everyone who promoted the override. “We appreciate everybody who did work to help try to get this passed. We certainly would have needed it.”
Dorathy gave the board some inspiring news in the form of a Power Point Presentation on the renovation and cleanup of Inspiration School. Despite a great deal of vandalism, the district was able to clean up the site and is hoping to open the doors once again to children as well as other groups. Dorathy told the board that the building has passed all its inspections and is up to code and “open to suggestions” for usage. She said that while initial uses would most likely be for day care services and for an expansion of the Boys & Girls Club, she has already received inquiries from senior care groups as well. Dorathy envisions the possibilities of the former school housing “cross generational activities” for the Globe and Miami communities.
The board was very open to the idea of putting the facilities to use. The question was asked as to why the school was closed down in the first place, to which Dorathy replied that it was due to the poor condition of the road up to the school being unsuitable for the school buses, not because of the school itself. Board member Barbara Roberts expressed her disgust of the recent vandalism to the building, which included the smashing out of the individual windows on every door throughout the building.
Dorathy asked the board for approval to move forward with looking at the possibility of allowing groups to use the building, saying that any money collected would most likely be put back into the further renovation and upkeep of the building before it could be a source of revenue for the district. But looking forward, the possibilities are promising. The board approved the further discussion of possible groups using Inspiration School.For the complete article see the 11-21-2012 issue.
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