The West Park Times Features Puritas Community Elementary & Middle

The West Park Times Features Puritas Community Elementary & Middle
Posted on 09/27/2018

The West Park Times
Issue #7
September 2018

New Site for Puritas Elementary
By Jerry Masek

Assistant Principal Debbie Piazza (left) and Principal Meg Colwell are ready for a new school year at a new site -- the former St. Patrick School.

A new owner is breathing new life into an historic school building in the heart of West Park. Constellation Schools bought the building at 17720 Puritas Ave. About 380 students in grades K-8 started class there Sept. 4.

The building, built in 1930, was formerly known as St. Patrick’s School. Later, as West Park Catholic Academy (WPCA), it was a joint effort of several local parishes. Because of declining enrollment, WPCA closed in June 2014. The building has been vacant since then.

It now houses the Puritas Community Elementary and Middle School. The school formerly used a commercial building at 15204 Puritas Ave., near Marc’s Plaza, and moved items over the summer.

The school is also leasing part of an adjacent building on the St. Patrick’s campus that contains a gymnasium, cafeteria and more classrooms.

"We are just thrilled," said Principal Meg Colwell. "We now have the ability to work in a more traditional educational setting, with access to a cafeteria, gymnasium and comfortable classroom and support staff space. This will help us to optimally meet the educational needs of our students."

The school is accepting students through Sept. 30 for the current academic year. Officials will begin accepting enrollment for the following school year in December. For information, call 216-688-0680, or visit

Constellation Schools LLC, formed in 2000, now operates 15 schools with 5,000 students in Northeastern Ohio.