After the bell rang, noting end of the day at Giddings School on Cleveland’s near east side, several children swept through the playground apparatus before their trip home.

It is possible the playground equipment will be the only activity at Giddings and six other schools, if the Cleveland Board of Education follows the recommendation of district Interim Chief Executive Officer Peter Raskin and closes the school while laying off 850 workers, 635 of them teachers.

The news swept through Cleveland neighborhoods like an ax blade chopping through wood.

“As a parent, we catch the rough ends of it,” said Patrick Shropshire, whose daughter attends Margaret Ireland School at East 63 and Chester Avenue. “So what are you going to do,” he whispered to himself.

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