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Columbus Schools Get Rare Clean State Audit

The annual state audit of Columbus City Schools from Ohio Auditor Dave Yost's office comes as two principals are suing the district to keep their jobs after being fired for their purported role in an attendance rigging scandal.
1, 2014

An annual state audit of Columbus City Schools shows the district does not have to repay any money to anyone.

Principals Sue For Jobs, $400,000 In Damages

Tiffany Chavers, principal at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, and Pamela Diggs, principal at Marion Franklin High School, are scheduled to be fired after a Tuesday school board vote. They filed suit a day later.
March 20, 2014

Two Columbus principals being fired by the school board for their alleged roles in a data rigging scandal are suing to keep their jobs.

Board Votes To Fire Two Principals, Accept Resignation Of Third

Clockwise from top-left: Tiffany Chavers, principal at Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, and Pamela Diggs, principal at Marion Franklin High School, are scheduled to be fired after a Tuesday school board vote; former Independence High School principal Christopher Qualls resigned earlier this year; Jonathan Stevens, former principal at Mifflin High School, officially resigned Tuesday.
March 19, 2014

The Columbus school board on Tuesday night voted to fire two principals and accept the resignation of a third. All three, along with another who resigned earlier this year, have close ties to the district’s data rigging scandal.

Columbus Board Votes To Close Schools

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Columbus School Board president Gary Baker and three other members listen to comments at board meeting before voting to close five schools
4, 2014

The Columbus School Board voted to close five schools at the end of the current school year. The decision will save the district money, but it was made after some tearful pleas to spare two of the schools.

Columbus School Leaders Change Closing Recommendations

Brookhaven High School
Brookhaven High School (pictured) remains on the revised list of schools recommended for closing at the end of the current school year.
3, 2014

After two overflow public hearings, Columbus school leaders have changed their list of recommended school closings.

Demand For Specialty High Schools Up As Others Face Closure

Brookhaven High School
Two Columbus City High Schools are under consideration for closure. Brookhaven High School (pictured) is one of them. If it closes, it would be the district's first high school closure since 1982. District officials say declining enrollment and a budget deficit are reasons for the possible closures.
25, 2014

For the first time in more than 30 years, Columbus City Schools has proposed closing high schools. The district faces a budget deficit and enrollment has been on the decline. But the growing popularity of high school specialization and school choice also play a role in the closure decisions.

For 2nd Year, Education Tops Coleman State Of The City Address

Michael Coleman
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman announced a pre-kindergarten program the city will help fund. The program is set to begin this coming school year.
19, 2014

Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman delivered his 15th State of the City address, last night, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. And education headlined the speech.

Hudson Formally Joins CCS Board

Mary Jo Hudson
Mary Jo Hudson (r) formally joined the Columbus City School Board Tuesday night. Hudson takes the seat vacated by long-time member Carol Perkins who recently retired.
18, 2014

Columbus City Schools Board of Education’s newest member Mary Jo Hudson joined the board for her first meeting last night.

Public Hearings Planned On Possible School Closures

The Columbus City Schools’ board plans a special meeting on the proposal Tuesday. A decision is expected in about a month.
12, 2014

Columbus school leaders will meet with parents, businesses, and other stakeholders on Thursday about the proposed closure of seven district schools, including two high schools.

Columbus School Leaders Weigh Closing 7 Buildings

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Columbus City Schools officials weigh the closings of several buildings
8, 2014

Administrators in Ohio’s largest school district are weighing a plan to close seven buildings, including two high schools, forcing relocation of 2,500 students.