SAVE THE HISTORIC ROCHESTER COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

SAVE THE HISTORIC ROCHESTER COMMUNITY SCHOOLS ADMINISTRATION BUILDING

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Jessica Opfer started this petition to Rochester Community Schools Board of Education and

The historic RCS Administration Complex on University Drive is up for sale, and the time is now for our community to rally behind the preservation of this very special landmark.

A school has existed on this site since 1847; the buildings that comprise the current RCS Administration Complex were built as individual schools in 1889, 1916, and 1928, before eventually being connected as one complex. The expanded complex housed Rochester High School until 1957, and Central Junior High School occupied the building until 1973, when the school building was repurposed to house the administrative offices. The original 1889 Harrison School building was placed on the Michigan Register of Historic Sites in 1987, but this designation does not offer protection of the building itself. The complete history can be found at https://theclio.com/entry/105656

This site and these buildings are the foundation of the Rochester area school system and are a visual representation of the "pride in excellence" conveyed by Rochester Community Schools. The building complex is one of the largest historical structures remaining in the greater Rochester area outside of the Main Street shopping district. The building is a beautiful symbol of our community's historic character and is a familiar landmark for all those entering and leaving the city on University Drive.

We, the citizens of the greater Rochester area, call upon Rochester Community Schools, the City of Rochester and interested developers to collaborate with the community to find a creative solution for adaptive reuse of the building complex, in order to retain this important symbol of our local history and of our pride in educating the students of our community. 

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