The so-called “repurposing” is part of Sanders’ academic “transformation plan.” Officials plan to overhaul the schools with new themes and instructional programs.

The elementary schools include Buckeye-Woodland, Captain Arthur Roth, Charles Dickens, Franklin D. Roosevelt, George W. Carver, H. Barbara Booker, Hannah Gibbons, Harvey Rice, Mary B. Martin, Michael R. White, Mound, Robert H. Jamison and Woodland Hills. The high schools are East Tech, Ginn Academy, Glenville, John Adams, John F. Kennedy, Collinwood, Lincoln-West, Washington Park Horticulture Center and Promise Academy.

Teachers who work at the schools, which also face layoffs, said Thursday that they are angry and frustrated. They say they are being unfairly blamed for academic struggles caused by families’ poverty and a lack of equipment and supplies.

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