Columbus City Schools
FutureReady Columbus, the new educational nonprofit launched this summer by combining three local education organizations, has the former Maryland state superintendent of schools as its new leader, the group announced on Friday.
Michael Dodds was good at deleting student records for Columbus City Schools, and the district in turn was good to Dodds, promoting him from principal to a Downtown executive in charge of 26 schools. But that symbiotic relationship came back to haunt Dodds on Thursday, when a Franklin County deputy led him away from a courtroom to begin serving a 14-day jail term on three felony counts for tampering with student data to make the district look better. Dodds will serve 16 months of probation after his release.
As students at Moler Elementary learned about classroom routines and school rules, Principal Lee DuMond watched over three kindergarteners in the office. They showed up to school on Wednesday even though kindergarten classes don’t start until Monday. As the kids were waiting for parents to pick them up, she peppered them with questions. Did you get breakfast? What are you going to do when you’re an adult? Can you dance? It’s a new day at Moler, which teaches pre-kindergarten through sixth-graders on the South Side. This year, educators want to tackle all the barriers families face outside school so the kids can focus on classes.
The trombonists, drummers, tuba players and saxophonists in the Whetstone High School marching band -- like their quarterback, safety, tackle and tight-end counterparts on the football team -- are preparing for that first Friday-night game.
It took only a year for predictions to come true that a popular Columbus City Schools elementary building in Clintonville would be short of space if its historic annex was razed. The district demolished the annex behind Clinton Elementary, on N. High Street near E. North Broadway, in the spring of 2014. The two-story schoolhouse, built in 1904, came down amid calls from Columbus area commissioners and preservationists to save it.
The 2015-16 Northland High School marching band will have 67 members, down from the 100 or so who routinely performed halftime shows and concerts in past years.
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