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Former Columbus schools administrator pleads to data-scandal felonies
Michael Dodds, a top-level administrator who oversaw several Columbus City Schools buildings, pleaded no contest to three felony charges on Monday, becoming the fourth district official to be convicted in the data scandal. He could be sent to prison for up to 42 months and fined $10,000 when he is sentenced on Aug. 27. But prosecutors are seeking a sentence of 14 days in jail followed by probation. That’s one day less in jail than Stephen B. Tankovich, the former district administrator who masterminded the data purging, received for his role.
Columbus schools’ data-scandal legal bill: at least $1.4 million
The legal tab paid to a Downtown law firm representing Columbus City Schools in data-rigging matters continued to swell over the second half of this school year. The Columbus Board of Education approved $275,000 more on Tuesday night, to be paid to Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur by the end of this month.
Columbus teachers contract includes first pay boost in years
A new two-year contract approved by Columbus City Schools teachers would raise their pay scale for the first time since their union agreed to a freeze in 2011. Pay would rise by 1.8 percent in the next school year and 2.2 percent in the following year. The new contract also would do away with “gainsharing,” the controversial provision in the teachers’ existing contract that awarded bonuses based on students’ proficiency-test scores.
Advocacy group proposed for Northland parents
A Northland woman is seeking to create an organization that would be supportive of and provide advocacy for the public schools that feed into Beechcroft High School.
Stolen van leads to donation for Beechcroft
On Friday, May 22, the Shadowbox Live Arts Education program donated a drum set to Beechcroft High School.
Elementary school students auction their best shots
Members of the Winterset Elementary School Camera Club held the 19th annual auction of their best works from the year last week, making it possible some of them could be the children of participants in the very first one.
Columbus school board learning to give budget greater scrutiny
Columbus school board members worked to wrap their arms around the district’s $1.4 billion budget Tuesday night, taking hours out of their regular meeting to get briefed on the details of the district’s plan for next school year – something that hasn’t happened in almost a decade. But it’s clear that the new process comes with some growing pains.
Gifts of Kindness includes books for Columbus kindergartners, first-graders
Every kindergartner and first-grader in the Columbus school system will receive a free book through a new fund maintained by The Columbus Foundation.
Columbus schools one-page budget likely a thing of the past
Columbus City Schools’ controversial one-page, $1.46 billion budget for the 2015-16 school year would grow to at least nine pages, under a proposal forwarded by Superintendent Dan Good’s staff on Thursday. But the official and legally binding spending plan that is approved each year by the Board of Education, locking in what the administration can spend money on without going back to elected officials for approval, still would have some big numbers in it.
Incumbent board members, 5 others move to fall ballot
Columbus school board incumbents Gary Baker II, Mary Jo Hudson and W. Shawna Gibbs will compete in the general election.

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