Columbus City Schools
Columbus City Schools spent almost $61,000, most of it private money donated by local businesses, on Superintendent Dan Good’s State of the District speech last month. The district raised about $56,250 for the event, held at East High School on Jan. 12, but also used a little less than $5,000 in district funds, spokesman Scott Varner said on Tuesday.
Columbus City Schools’ chief of communications and external affairs is leaving the district after 20 months on the job. Todd Tuney will begin a new job as senior vice president of corporate relations and social responsibility with the YMCA of Central Ohio by mid-February, he said Thursday.
Months and months from now -- an impossibly long time in the mind of a 14-year-old -- new freshmen at Whetstone High School will look back on last week's Brave the Future event with gratitude.
Columbus City Schools have canceled classes, citing the extreme cold. Columbus Catholic schools, Canal Winchester, Groveport Madison, Hamilton Local, Pickerington, Reynoldsburg and nearly all schools in Fairfield and Pickaway counties are also closed today. Many other central Ohio districts are starting classes on a two-hour delay.
Gary Baker will remain president of the Columbus Board of Education as the district heads into an important year that might include a levy request placed before voters this fall. The school board split on a 4-3 vote to re-elect Baker on Tuesday. Michael Cole, who before being elected to the board once acted as Baker’s campaign manager, was voted vice president unanimously.
Christmastime does unusual things to normal, everyday people. That’s the only way to explain the events that led more than 600 handmade winter hats, carefully knitted by strangers across the country, to converge Friday morning on West Broad Elementary on the Hilltop.
The Ohio Department of Education has moved to potentially revoke the educator licenses of eight more former Columbus City Schools administrators implicated in the district’s data-rigging scandal, including a top administrator who ignored warnings that student information was being erased or changed.
The Columbus City Schools district has received applications from about 125 people to serve on a new facilities committee and whose work could lead to a levy request next November.
The Columbus school board is about to take a step tonight that could ignite a levy debate in 2016. Showing that it’s serious about restarting its stalled school-rebuilding program, the district is set to hire a firm on a $300,000 contract to “collect, analyze, and assess data” on the conditions of school buildings and to “facilitate community engagement” about making a major revision to its facilities master plan, according to a board resolution on the agenda.
The Columbus Board of Education voted unanimously on Monday to support a 100 percent property-tax exemption for Nationwide Arena in return for $586,000 a year and the use of the facility for high-school graduations. The school board voted 7-0 at a special meeting to accept the deal offered by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority, which was staring at a potential $4 million a year tax bill starting in January 2017 without a new law specifically exempting the arena, similar to those granted to more than a dozen other publicly owned sports centers around Ohio.
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