Poll: Should City Council okay St. Aloysius school?
Here's what three residents had to say about the issue:
Patricia Fenton, who lives two doors from the school, said she would worry about the safety of her 6-year-old and 4-year-old children. “(The students) will be hanging around at the school,” she said. “I really don’t want my children exposed to that.”
Charlie Bodley, who lives on the same street as Holy Trinity, said he’d much rather see St. Aloysius use the building than let it remain vacant and vulnerable to vandals.
The fate of the controversial proposal is in the hands of Norwood officials.
According to the Enquirer, opponents argue St. Aloysius’ facility would function more as a treatment center than a school. That change of use for the Holy Trinity building could justify Norwood’s rejecting the orphanage’s proposal. However, the orphanage says only its private, chartered elementary school, just like the former Holy Trinity school, would occupy the site and that all its other programs, including foster care and short-term group homes, would remain at its Reading Road location in Bond Hill.
The Norwood Planning Commission will decide Dec. 17 whether to recommend issuing a zoning certificate and a building permit for minor interior renovations to St. Aloysius. City Council has the final decision. A decision against St. Aloysius could result in a discrimination lawsuit against Norwood, said Joe Trauth, an orphanage attorney.
With the possibility of a lawsuit thrown into the mix, how do our readers think City Council should decide this difficult issue? We hope you’ll weigh in on this unscientific poll: