Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman says reports of the city plans to demolish Veterans Memorial and replace it with a zoo attraction and art center are “only a flavor” of what might happen.
A city education commission is scheduled to vote today on proposals they say will improve Columbus City Schools. The proposals include a controversial change to the district’s auditor position.
As the legislature continues to hammer out the next two-year state budget, an amendment to the House version could open the door for at least a partial mayoral takeover of Columbus City Schools.
For months, Mayor Coleman and the Columbus school board have been at loggerheads about whether to hire a new superintendent while the mayor’s education commission finishes its work. The school board was scheduled to begin interviewing candidates this week. Instead, the board voted to suspend its search.
In a sharp about-face, the Columbus School Board last night voted to put off hiring a permanent superintendent. The board has also named Mayor Michael Coleman as co-chair of the search committee.
Some local officials say pending federal spending cuts will quickly effect state and city budgets. Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman identifies $2.3 million dollars in neighborhood and human services that could be lost.
As anticipated, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman made education the highpoint of his 14th state of the city address at South High School. WOSU reports the mayor calls for “significant” change.
Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman tonight is expected to use part of his annual State of the City address to talk education. A commission he appointed in December, which has the backing of major companies , is expected to make a series of recommendations for Columbus City Schools.
As the Columbus City Schools look for a new superintendent, Mayor Coleman continues to help improve the district. The mayor has called on 25 community and business leaders to form an education commission. WOSU reports one question remains unclear- just exactly what the committee will do.
Demolition crews Wednesday began razing Poindexter Tower on the city’s east side. It was built in 1960 to house low-income elderly, but in more recent decades became a symbol of urban blight.