Columbus City Schools
Columbus City Schools and Nationwide Children’s Hospital are expanding student health-care mini-clinics to eight more buildings in Linden and the West Side.
More than a third of the members of a committee that recommended last month that Columbus City Schools seek a levy to raise the district’s property taxes by about 18 percent don’t live in the district and wouldn’t have to pay the tax, a Dispatch analysis concluded.
The Columbus school board is expected to decide Thursday, July 21, which of four levy options will be placed before voters on the Nov. 8 ballot.
Columbus City Schools’ legal bill for dealing with its data-rigging scandal is nearing $1.5 million as the district continues to fend off lawsuits from two principals it fired for changing data and to respond to a potential onslaught of records requests from administrators facing state sanctions. The Board of Education recently approved another allocation of up to $50,000 in spending for the law firm Porter Wright Morris & Arthur.
In December 2007, the Columbus Board of Education ended a long battle over the value of Nationwide Arena when it signed a deal to take a flat $1 million a year that wasn't based on the arena's value. Now, the district is back into the debate on the arena's worth. The school board said last week that it agrees the arena's value should be reduced to $35.6 million, 75 percent less than the $143.4 million that the county auditor now values the building.
Un-redacted documents that Columbus City Schools released on Monday show that a teacher at the Africentric School is being investigated for allegedly retaliating against a student whose complaints had resulted in the teacher receiving an official reprimand the day before.
Marcella Cua considers herself fortunate for having found her niche in life.
Columbus City Schools Superintendent Dan Good confirmed for the first time Thursday that he sent a 17-member team to the district’s Africentric School last month in response to a possible teacher walkout over student-discipline issues.
A Columbus City Schools panel is considering options that would increase school-district property tax bills by 5.6 mills to 19.8 mills, with several proposals in between. The range translates into raising the annual tax on a $100,000 house by $196 to $693 per year, but “we would definitely not be anywhere close to that high range,” said district spokesman Scott Varner.
Moriah Corley drove over an hour from Mansfield, where she's about to graduate from high school, to participate in a new wrinkle on an old tradition at Indian Springs Elementary School.
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