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Group Aims to Keep Kids in Columbus City Schools
COLUMBUS (Lu Ann Stoia) -- Standing Together to Advance Youth in schools is the goal of a neighborhood organization "South Side STAY." The group is working to keep families in the neighborhood instead of seeing them move out to the suburbs.
Organizer Jessica Bennett said she made it a priority to work with Columbus City Schools to get places allotted for the lottery school Stewart Alternative Elementary for neighborhood students.
The K-6 building is being renovated by the district after an arsonist set it on fire in July 2010 just before classes started. The $13 million project includes classroom space for 350 students, a cafeteria, gym and playground. Its the oldest school in Columbus, built in 1874, and it will be made 21st Century ready by the fall 2014.
The group STAY is planning a town hall event with Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman and Superintendent Dan Good on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Southwood Elementary School in Columbus to answer questions about the upcoming issues on the ballot this November.
Organizer Jessica Bennett, a mother of a two year old girl, said she is taking on the cause to make sure all city schools provide an excellent education "I think this is a serious problem. If I am thinking the school is not good enough for my kid, it's not good enough for anybody's kid."