Cleveland High School Moving Basketball Games to Middle School Amid Safety Concerns at Raider Dome

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Updated: 12/02/2013 10:11 pm
Cleveland city school superintendent Martin Ringstaff announced on Monday that Cleveland's high school gym will not be used for basketball games for the time being for safety concerns. Those games will be moved to Cleveland Middle School. PE and Wellness classes will continue to be held on the CHS campus. Ringstaff explained the decision to move the basketball games to CMS in an e-mail response to WDEF News 12. Said Ringstaff:

 There were some structural issues in the upper portion of the brick.  The dome was built with no metal reinforcements back in 1965 and the dome roof is putting too much weight in it and the side round walls have cracks due to the weight of the roof. Some recent buckling caused us to hire an architect firm to do a in-depth analysis on the building. It came back this week with the recommendation to use it with stipulations of clearing it when wind gusts reach 30 mph or with two or more inches of precipitation for the remainder of this school year. Well, we were uncomfortable with that so the board of education and I made the decision to close it now and wait for the final analysis from the architects.  I informed the city council and city manager earlier today that I would recommend to the board to close it and they agreed.  
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