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Columbus schools will hire 65 to work with special-education students
Columbus City Schools will need to hire 65 new employees to work with special-education students next school year, to be in compliance with state and federal laws. The new hires come after the district admitted last fall to giving passing grades to some special-education students who hadn’t earned them. State Auditor Dave Yost uncovered the problem during his investigation into data-rigging within Columbus schools.
School board fires ex-principal who altered grades at Marion-Franklin
The Columbus Board of Education voted unanimously last night to fire former Marion-Franklin High School Principal Pamela Diggs. A hearing examiner ruled last month that her role in district data manipulation was “dramatically wrong.” Diggs changed 186 grades at her school during the 2010-11 school year. At Marion-Franklin that year, 31,079 absences were deleted and 43 students were withdrawn retroactively at year’s end.
CCS announces program changes for 2015-16
Columbus City Schools announced two student programs will get new homes and new names for the 2015-16 school year.
CCS announces program chances
Columbus City Schools announced two student programs will get new homes and new names for the 2015-16 school year.
CCS announces program changes
Columbus City Schools announced two student programs will get new homes and new names for the 2015-16 school year.
Columbus schools auditor gets three-year contract, raise
The Columbus school board approved a three-year contract for its internal auditor last night and gave her a raise. Carolyn Smith, who is most well known for investigating and helping to expose the district’s student-data scandal, had been working under a series of one-year contracts. Her salary will increase to $131,000 a year from $97,500.
Report: Firing former Marion-Franklin principal is justified
The Columbus school board would be justified in firing a former principal for falsifying student data at her school, a hearing officer ruled yesterday. Pamela Diggs, the former principal at Marion-Franklin High School, is the second principal the district moved to fire more than a year ago in connection with its data scandal. Diggs and other educators at her school had to return bonuses that were based on the altered data.
Pre-K enrollment begins April 1
Columbus City Schools will accept full-day pre-kindergarten applications beginning April 1.
Columbus schools internal audit finds lax oversight of vendors
A list that permits Columbus City Schools vendors to register on their own allowed a company to win a $17,675 contract for security cameras, despite it not having anything more than an e-mail address, an internal audit released on Thursday found. The company, NETCOM.NET.COM, doesn’t meet any of the criteria to be a district vendor, such as having liability insurance and a valid IRS business-identification number. And though its name is a website, there doesn’t seem to be a website for the company.
New Winterset principal had 'huge shoes to fill'
It was, Audra Pearson admitted, a tough act to follow.

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