Columbus school board members worked to wrap their arms around the district’s $1.4 billion budget Tuesday night, taking hours out of their regular meeting to get briefed on the details of the district’s plan for next school year – something that hasn’t happened in almost a decade. But it’s clear that the new process comes with some growing pains.
Every kindergartner and first-grader in the Columbus school system will receive a free book through a new fund maintained by The Columbus Foundation.
Columbus City Schools’ controversial one-page, $1.46 billion budget for the 2015-16 school year would grow to at least nine pages, under a proposal forwarded by Superintendent Dan Good’s staff on Thursday. But the official and legally binding spending plan that is approved each year by the Board of Education, locking in what the administration can spend money on without going back to elected officials for approval, still would have some big numbers in it.
Columbus school board president Gary Baker II finished sixth in a field of 10 candidates running in the primary election Tuesday, May 5.
Parents should find it easier to get information about Columbus school bus delays, after a $31,000 upgrade to the district’s call-center hardware that was approved by the Board of Education Tuesday night.
Responding to attacks by his political opponents that he didn’t do enough to uncover the Columbus schools data scandal, Columbus mayoral candidate Andrew J. Ginther says his campaign has unearthed documents that show the investigation continued at least as long as he was on the school board. But one of the key documents — a list of school-district audits active as of November 2006 — also shows that about two years after the student data audit started, investigators had spent just 114 hours on it. That’s equivalent to about a week and a half of work for two auditors.
Ted L. Pollock was only 54 when he died of pancreatic cancer March 28, 1991, but by that time, he had been a string specialist for 33 years with Columbus City Schools.
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