Columbus City Schools
Six Columbus City high schools were vandalized Wednesday night, police said. The buildings were hit with eggs, covered in toilet paper and sprayed with food coloring, Columbus Police spokesman Sgt. Rich Weiner said. There was no vandalism inside the buildings.
A 23-member citizen panel will advise the Columbus Board of Education on how much additional property tax the district should ask for in November operating and bond levies. School board President Gary Baker appointed 20 members and three co-chairmen: board member Mary Jo Hudson; Chad Jester, head of the Nationwide Foundation; and Bo Chilton, chief executive officer of Impact Community Action.
A former Columbus City Schools high-school principal caught up in the district's data-manipulation scandal has agreed to permanently surrender her state educator’s licenses. Amy Dennis, the former principal of Whetstone High School, signed a consent agreement with the Ohio Department of Education late last month in which she agreed that her five-year principal license, teaching license, and handicapped teaching license would not be re-issued, and that she would not attempt to re-obtain them in the future. “It’s a permanent status,” said Brittany Halpin, a spokeswoman for the department. “She will not reapply.”
Dominion Middle School and Clintonville Go Public will kick off a joint fundraising initiative with a screening of the feature-length documentary Most Likely to Succeed at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27.
At a special meeting this morning, Columbus City Schools agreed to give the Groveport Madison School District a 40 percent discount on what it pays under the 1986 Win-Win agreement, and signaled it is open to renegotiate the entire accord individually with eight other suburban districts with an eye to making current district boundaries permanent. Groveport Madison intends to approve the change at a meeting Wednesday, district spokesman Jeff Warner said.
A team of 17 district support staff members hastily descended on Columbus City Schools' Africentric Elementary this past Friday, but the district won't say why. A source said it was in response to a potential walkout by teachers, who are fed up with unruly student behavior and an inability to remove problem students.
Five school choirs, orchestra and concert bands, including Centennial, performed on the Waterside Stage at Disney Springs, showcasing their talents to Disney guests.
Columbus City Schools might be allowed to rebuild Whetstone High School after all. The Ohio School Facilities Commission now says that it might have been too hasty in informing the district that the school's position in the Olentangy River's flood zone ruled out using state money for the project.
The Dublin city school district wants to renegotiate the Win-Win agreement with Columbus City Schools to protect its boundaries, the school board decided Monday night. Also, the Groveport Madison school district said on Tuesday that it had instructed a law firm to begin negotiations with Columbus schools.
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