Columbus City Schools, Ohio

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Columbus City Schools
Columbus, Ohio
Columbus City Schools Logo.jpg
District Profile
Superintendent:Carol L. Perkins
Graduation rate:79.2%
Number of schools:116
Budget: $703.2 million
Website:School Home Page
Board of Education
Board president:Daniel Good
Board members:7
Term length:4
Columbus City Schools is a school district in Ohio that served 51,134 K-12 students during the 2012-2013 school year. The district was created in 1845 is the largest by enrollment in the state of Ohio.[1]

About the district

Columbus City Schools is located in Franklin County, Ohio
Columbus is the county seat of Franklin County and located in central Ohio. The city's population was 787,033 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[2]


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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
Race Columbus(%) Ohio (%)
White 61.5 82.7
Black or African American 28 12.2
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.2
Asian 4.1 1.7
Two or More Races 3.3 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 5.6 3.1

Presidential Voting Pattern[3]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 60.5 37.8
2008 59.6 38.9
2004 54.3 45
2000 48.8 47.8

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.[4]


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.[5]

School board

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.[6]

Columbus Board of Education
Member Term Ends
Carol L. Perkins 2015
W. Shawna Gibbs 2015
Gary L. Baker 2015
Ramona R. Reyes 2017
Michael D. Cole 2017
Bryan O. Steward 2015
Dominic Paretti 2017

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.[7]

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
2012-2013 $541,465,411 73.7% $104,985,833 14.3% $88,439,776 12% $0 0% $40,939 0% $734,931,959
Averages: $541,465,411 74% $104,985,833 14% $88,439,776 12% $0 0% $40,939 0% $734,931,959

Teacher salaries

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.[8]

Schools in district

Columbus City Schools operates 116 K-12 schools listed below in alphabetical order:[9]

Columbus City Schools
Africentric Early College
A.G. Bell Program
Alpine School
Alum Crest/Columbus Scioto
Arlington Park
Arts Impact
Avalon School
Beatty Park
Berwick Alternative
Cassady Alternative
Cedarwood Alternative
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
Devonshire Alternative
Duxberry Park Alternative
East High School
East Columbus
East Linden
Eastmoor Academy
Ecole Kenwood French Immersion K-6
Fairwood Alternative
Fifth Ave. Alternative K-6 School
Forest Park
Fort Hayes Arts & Academic
Fort Hayes Career Center
Georgian Heights Alternative
Hamilton STEM K-6 Academy
Independence High School
Indian Springs
Indianola K-8
Johnson Park
Lincoln Park
Linden-McKinley 7-12 STEM
Linden STEM K-6 Academy
Mifflin High School
Monroe Alternative
North Linden
Oakland Park Alternative
Olde Orchard Alternative
Shady Lane
S. Mifflin STEM K-6 Academy
Stewart Alternative
Valley Forge
Walnut Ridge High School
Weinland Park
West Broad
West High School
West Mound
Westgate Alternative
Whetstone High School
Windsor STEM K-6 Academy
Woodward Park

Academic performance

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.[10][11]

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.[12]

Performance Index, 2012-2013
Performance level Percentage of students (%)
Advanced Plus -
Advanced 8.6
Accelerated 14.4
Proficient 32.9
Basic 23.6
Limited 20.3
Untested 0.3

Indicators Met, Reading
Grade Columbus City Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 61.5 65.2 81.4
4 68.7 70.9 87.7
5 51.3 51 74.2
6 59.7 62.9 82.9
7 60.2 61 81
8 71.7 69.3 85.8

Indicators Met, Mathematics
Grade Columbus City Schools Similar districts State of Ohio
3 53.4 57.8 78.5
4 49.3 53.6 77.7
5 38.6 40.5 68.7
6 48.5 49.9 75.1
7 48.2 48.3 73.3
8 53.9 53.9 77


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.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

Contact information

Columbus City Schools Logo.jpg
Columbus Board of Education
270 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Phone: 614-365-5000

Website evaluation

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Transparency grading process
Main article: Evaluation of Ohio school district websites

This website was most recently reviewed on March 5th 2013.

The good

  • Board members are published, including contact phone numbers and email.[6]
  • Board of Education meetings and agendas are posted, including video streaming and podcasts of meetings.[6]
  • Hiring/certification policies are published.[16]
  • Audits are published by the Audit and Accountability Committee.[17]
  • Administrative officials are published.[18]
  • Contracts, bids and vendor applications are published.Cite error: Closing </ref> missing for <ref> tag
  • School District Report Card and performance index is published.[19]
  • Application instructions and certification requirements are posted.[20]
  • Academic reports for 2011 and 2010 are posted; includes information on ACT scores and graduation rates.[21]
  • Governance policies are posted.[22]

The bad

  • 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.

See also

External links

Suggest a link


  1. Columbus City Schools, "About Us," accessed September 13, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 U.S. Census, "Quick Facts: Columbus," accessed September 13, 2013
  3. Franklin County Board of Elections, "Past Election Results," accessed September 13, 2013
  4. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  5. Columbus City Schools, "Superintendent," accessed September 13, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Columbus City Schools, "Board of Education," accessed September 13, 2013
  7. Columbus City Schools, "Financial Reports," accessed December 4, 2013
  8. Ohio Education Association, "Salary Data since 2001," accessed September 13, 2013
  9. Columbus City Schools, "Schools," accessed September 13, 2013
  10. Ohio Department of Education, "FAQs," accessed September 10, 2013
  11. Ohio Department of Education, "Ohio Graduation Test," accessed September 10, 2013
  12. Ohio Department of Education, "2012-2013 Report Card for Columbus City Schools," accessed September 12, 2013
  13. Columbus Dispatch, "Columbus' school attendance falls with ‘unscrubbed’ data," September 8, 2013
  14. The Columbus Dispatch, "Subpoenas show Columbus City Schools probe has grown," September 15, 2013
  15. WOSU, "Columbus City Schools Adopts New Attendance, Withdrawal Policies," October 24, 2013
  16. Columbus City Schools, "Board of Education Policies," accessed September 13, 2013
  17. Columbus City Schools, "Internal Audits," accessed September 13, 2013
  18. Columbus City Schools, "Departments," accessed September 13, 2013
  19. Columbus City Schools, "Academic report 2010-2011," accessed September 13, 2013
  20. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named employment
  21. Columbus City Schools, "Office of Communications and Media Relations," accessed September 13, 2013
  22. Columbus City Schools, "Board of Education Policy Governance," accessed September 13, 2013