A Columbus schools transportation supervisor has been suspended 10 days without pay for helping to organize gambling that raised money from bus drivers. Evelyn Burge-Dehl, a supervisor at the Fort Hayes Bus Compound, admitted to district investigators that she was aware of the gambling, and that she not only held the money, but she participated and won prizes, according to district documents outlining an administrative hearing for her late last month.
The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication heard them roar.
It’s all over now except the waiting for many Columbus third-graders who need to pass the state’s reading test to move on to the fourth grade. Columbus City Schools’ big summer-school push to boost kids over the hump on Ohio’s third-grade reading guarantee came to an end yesterday.
Charles E. Tennant had a vision of a school that would show black kids how to be proud of their history and themselves. Yesterday, as he stood at the bustling construction site of Columbus City Schools’ new Africentric Early College K-12 campus on the East Side, one might have assumed that his vision had surpassed his wildest dreams. But that was not the case, said Tennant. The $39.3 million campus is pretty much what he envisioned all along.
The Columbus Board of Education approved hiring a treasurer in a special meeting yesterday evening. After emerging from a brief closed-door meeting, school-board members voted unanimously to hire Stanley Bahorek to a three-year contract that will end in July 2017. Bahorek will be paid $165,000 a year, as well as a $3,000 car allowance and given a $3,000 expense account.
Columbus City Schools’ next treasurer is a Clintonville native and a 1971 graduate of the district’s Whetstone High School. “It is my home school district,” Stan Bahorek said. “There’s something about working in public education that is intrinsically rewarding to me.” He’ll work in an administrative role and not in the classroom, but “it’s just a good feeling at the end of the day,” Bahorek said.
Newly discovered emails show the matter-of-fact way some Columbus principals asked former data czar Steve Tankovich to alter their school data, even when it was inappropriate. The emailed requests are the first documents made public that show Tankovich knew of and participated in manipulating student data. Tankovich oversaw Columbus City Schools’ data collection and reporting for years.
Three Columbus high schools that bucked a trend are worthy of celebration and should probably be consider a model for others, according to a report issued by a nonprofit organization focused on improving public education in Ohio.
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