Columbus Education Commission Releases Budget

Mayor Michael Coleman appointed a commission in December to examine challenges facing Columbus City Schools.(Photo: City of Columbus)
Mayor Michael Coleman appointed a commission in December to examine challenges facing Columbus City Schools.(Photo: City of Columbus)

The Columbus Education Commission has released an itemized budget. The commission was appointed by Mayor Michael Coleman to examine challenges facing Columbus City Schools.

The 25 member commission budgeted $1 million for about four months of work, including $500,000 allocated from the city’s general fund. The itemized budget shows most of the public money, $275,000, is being spent for community outreach, public mailings, TV ads, focus groups, and for the group’s final report to the mayor.

The final report and the commission’s recommendations are expected next month at about the same time the Columbus Board of Education is scheduled to interview candidates for superintendent. Mayor Coleman has asked the school board to appoint an interim superintendent. The school board says it will continue its search for a permanent replacement for retiring superintendent Gene Harris. Harris says she’ll retire at the end of June.

Columbus Education Commission Releases Budget

Tasks City Budget Effective
3/1/2013
Private Fund Budget
Press Relations and Social Media $112,600 $100,000
Community Outreach $145,000 $85,000
Video $24,000 $60,000
Subject Matter Expert Speakers $7,000 $50,000
Commision $0 $60,000
Public Service Announcement $30,000 $0
Research for the Commission $51,000 $35,000
Report $130,000 $80,000
Logistics $0 $30,000
Total Budget $500,000 $500,000

 

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