Columbus City Schools, Ohio
|Columbus City Schools|
|Superintendent:||Carol L. Perkins|
|Number of schools:||116|
|Website:||School Home Page|
|Board of Education|
|Board president:||Daniel Good|
- 1 About the district
- 2 Superintendent
- 3 School board
- 4 Budget
- 5 Teacher salaries
- 6 Schools in district
- 7 Academic performance
- 8 Issues
- 9 Contact information
- 10 Website evaluation
- 11 The good
- 12 The bad
- 13 See also
- 14 External links
- 15 References
About the district
Columbus lags behind the rest of Ohio in terms of median income and poverty rate while outpacing the state in higher education attainment. The 2010 U.S. Census found that 32.3% of Columbus residents over 25 years old held undergraduate degrees compared to a 24.5% rate for the state of Ohio. Columbus had a median income of $43,348 in 2010 compared to $48,071 for Ohio. The poverty rate for Columbus was 21.8% in 2010 compared to an 14.8% rate for the rest of the state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.
The current Interim Superintendent of Columbus City Schools is Dr. Daniel Good. He was appointed to the office in July 2013 to replace Gene Harris, who retired the previous month. Good previously served as the Superintendent of Westerville City Schools from 2007 to 2013 and Wooster City Schools from 2003 to 2007.
The Columbus Board of Education consists of seven members who are elected at-large to four-year terms. Each member can be compensated on a per-meeting basis for up to 36 meetings per year. The district also reimburses travel expenses for members attending approved conferences and training sessions.
|Columbus Board of Education|
|Carol L. Perkins||2015|
|W. Shawna Gibbs||2015|
|Gary L. Baker||2015|
|Ramona R. Reyes||2017|
|Michael D. Cole||2017|
|Bryan O. Steward||2015|
School board elections
- See also: Columbus City Schools elections (2013)
Members of the Columbus Board of Education are elected at-large to four-year terms on a staggered basis. Three seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and four seats will be on the ballot on November 3, 2015.
Columbus City Schools publishes its annual budget on its website.
|Expenditures by Category|
|School Year||Staff Expenses||Student Services||Operational Expenses||Debt Service||Other||Budget Total|
|Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget||Total||% of Budget|
Teachers in Columbus City Schools earn annual salaries based on years on the job as well as educational achievement. The district pays a minimum annual salary of $42,333 for teachers with Bachelor's degrees and $66,473 for Master's holders. The 2011-2012 salary schedule capped salaries at $66,473 for Bachelor's holders and $82,683 for teachers with Master's degrees. The maximum salary caps annual pay increases after 30 years of service in the district.
Schools in district
Columbus City Schools operates 116 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:
|Columbus City Schools|
|Africentric Early College|
|A.G. Bell Program|
|Alum Crest/Columbus Scioto|
|Columbus Alternative High School|
|Columbus City Prep School for Boys|
|Columbus City Prep School for Girls|
|Columbus Downtown High School|
|Columbus Global Academy 6-12|
|Columbus International High School|
|Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy K-6|
|Duxberry Park Alternative|
|East High School|
|Ecole Kenwood French Immersion K-6|
|Fifth Ave. Alternative K-6 School|
|Fort Hayes Arts & Academic|
|Fort Hayes Career Center|
|Georgian Heights Alternative|
|Hamilton STEM K-6 Academy|
|Independence High School|
|Linden-McKinley 7-12 STEM|
|Linden STEM K-6 Academy|
|Mifflin High School|
|Oakland Park Alternative|
|Olde Orchard Alternative|
|S. Mifflin STEM K-6 Academy|
|Walnut Ridge High School|
|West High School|
|Whetstone High School|
|Windsor STEM K-6 Academy|
The Ohio Department of Education issues an annual report card for each district based on scores from the Ohio Achievement Assessments. This testing process assesses the proficiency of students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics. Students in grades 10 and 11 complete the Ohio Graduation Test to not only assess proficiency but demonstrate readiness for postgraduate life.
Columbus City Schools received a D on the state's Performance Index and an F in the Indicators Met section. The Ohio Department of Education found that 55.9% of students qualified as Proficient or higher. The district met proficiency levels in 12.5% of performance indicators from grades 3 through 11. The following tables detail results from the Performance Index and Indicators Met sections in the 2012-2013 district report card.
|Performance Index, 2012-2013|
|Performance level||Percentage of students (%)|
Investigation into "scrubbing" practices
The district changed attendance policies during the 2012-2013 school year due to an investigation into "scrubbing" practices by Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost. "Scrubbing" is a practice that involves removing students with poor attendance records from test scores and re-enrolling those students to wipe away attendance data. This practice was used for students who were absent from school for 10 consecutive days. Yost's investigation revealed no official district policy about "scrubbing" but the district did cite vague attendance policies at the state level to explain the policy's use. District schools experienced a 2.5% decrease in attendance from 2011-2012 to 2012-2013 with the new attendance policy. The state investigation has expanded to reviewing allegations of grade adjustments and other practices by district employees with subpoenas issued in July 2013. Columbus City Schools could lose state funding related to student performance in the 2010-2011 school year if the investigation reveals grade and attendance manipulation. On October 22, 2013, the board unanimously voted to create new attendance policies that would require court hearings and district investigations into student whereabouts before removal from attendance records.
|Transparency grading process|
- Main article: Evaluation of Ohio school district websites
This website was most recently reviewed on March 5th 2013.
- Board members are published, including contact phone numbers and email.
- Board of Education meetings and agendas are posted, including video streaming and podcasts of meetings.
- Hiring/certification policies are published.
- Audits are published by the Audit and Accountability Committee.
- Administrative officials are published.
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- School District Report Card and performance index is published.
- Application instructions and certification requirements are posted.
- Academic reports for 2011 and 2010 are posted; includes information on ACT scores and graduation rates.
- Governance policies are posted.
- Not all administrative officials provide an email.
- Meeting Agendas and Minutes are not archived, and the meeting calendar does not provide the locations of public meetings.
- The criminal background check policy is not posted online.
- Audits are not archived for at least 3 years.
- The most current budget is not published, and budgets are not archived for at least three years; no budgets at all are published.
- Teacher pay scales are not provided.
- No public records.
- Tax revenues, rates, and funding relationship to schools are not posted.
- Site Map is under construction.
- The website lacks a search function.
- Columbus City Schools, "About Us," accessed September 13, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Columbus," accessed September 13, 2013
- Franklin County Board of Elections, "Past Election Results," accessed September 13, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Columbus City Schools, "Superintendent," accessed September 13, 2013
- Columbus City Schools, "Board of Education," accessed September 13, 2013
- Columbus City Schools, "Financial Reports," accessed December 4, 2013
- Ohio Education Association, "Salary Data since 2001," accessed September 13, 2013
- Columbus City Schools, "Schools," accessed September 13, 2013
- Ohio Department of Education, "FAQs," accessed September 10, 2013
- Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio Graduation Test," accessed September 10, 2013
- Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Columbus City Schools," accessed September 12, 2013
- Columbus Dispatch, "Columbus' school attendance falls with ‘unscrubbed’ data," September 8, 2013
- The Columbus Dispatch, "Subpoenas show Columbus City Schools probe has grown," September 15, 2013
- WOSU, "Columbus City Schools Adopts New Attendance, Withdrawal Policies," October 24, 2013
- Columbus City Schools, "Board of Education Policies," accessed September 13, 2013
- Columbus City Schools, "Internal Audits," accessed September 13, 2013
- Columbus City Schools, "Departments," accessed September 13, 2013
- Columbus City Schools, "Academic report 2010-2011," accessed September 13, 2013
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- Columbus City Schools, "Office of Communications and Media Relations," accessed September 13, 2013
- Columbus City Schools, "Board of Education Policy Governance," accessed September 13, 2013