Architect to remove ‘crosses’ from TPS elementary schoolWritten by Lisa Renee Ward | | firstname.lastname@example.org
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An architect is removing a design element from a new elementary school that looked liked the Christian cross.
A photo shared on the Toledo Free Press Facebook page on Jan. 23 by David Eichenberg showed what appeared to be a cross design on the exterior gymnasium walls of the new Beverly Elementary school that is under construction by Toledo Public Schools (TPS).
TPS was contacted by Toledo Free Press on Jan. 23 and provided a copy of the photo submitted by Eichenberg. On Feb. 14, James Gant, chief business manager for TPS, told Toledo Free Press during a telephone interview that the cross design was not part of the original plans, and that the design was to have been what could be described as a plus sign.
“The architect will submit a fix to the design; they have indicated it will be an easy fix,” Gant said.
Gant said TPS is not paying for the fix.
“The only issue is it may have to wait until the weather breaks,” Gant said.
He said he had not received any complaints about the design from parents or the community and that he expected the architect to submit a plan for the fix by the end of business day Feb. 14.
Eichenberg said he had contacted several TPS Board of Education members, but had not heard back from any.