Students in Columbus City Schools will start the new year Aug. 23, just months before the superintendent plans to retire from the district.
Dan Good, superintendent since 2013, said his last day will be Dec. 31.
"Until then, I'm focused on starting this upcoming school year strong," Good, 55, said in announcing his retirement during an Aug. 10 news conference at district headquarters downtown.
When he was hired 50 months ago, the district was embroiled in a data-scrubbing scandal that resulted in the firing and resignations of several officials, including former superintendent Gene Harris.
Good said he believes the district put many checks and balances in place and established a leadership team to focus on improvement.
"The past is something you learn from, not live in," board President Gary Baker II said.
Baker said the board has not begun a process to seek Good's replacement.
Many changes will meet the 52,000 students and their parents at the start of the school year, district spokesman Scott Varner said.
CCS continually adds new features to its mobile app, he said.
New this year, families will be able to use the app to securely access information on their child's grades, assignments and attendance. They can set up personalized alerts to go directly to their smartphones, he said.
Also on the technology front, the district has implemented Peachjar, a nationally recognized online distribution and management system, Varner said. The goal is to replace thousands of printed paper flyers with digital notifications sent directly to families through email, online and on the mobile app instead of sending announcements home with students, he said.
This year, the district will embark on a five-year, $125 million deferred-maintenance program that will affect many buildings. As part of that effort, air-conditioning units will be added at Cassidy Elementary School, Hamilton STEM Academy and Devonshire Elementary School, Varner said.
The district is opening a new school, Woodward Park at Walden, a sixth-grade-only facility that is an offshoot of Woodward Park Elementary.
On a related note, CCS has moved Columbus Gifted Academy into the former Everett Middle School site from the old Beck Elementary School building, thereby allowing the district to accommodate changes in state requirements in gifted-and-talented education, Varner said.
The district also is expanding its "Ohio Days: My State. My Plate" initiative aimed at increasing the amount of Ohio-sourced foods served in CCS. This year, every apple served will come from an Ohio farm. The goal is to have in place an apple-cutting system that will clean, slice, preserve, weigh and bag local apples.
"That pledge is made even more impressive when you recognize that we serve approximately 3 million apples a year," Varner said.