Columbus City Schools rejects plan to close schools, approves other changes

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The Columbus City Schools Board of Education has voted to close no schools and make no changes to high schools, despite the recommendations of a district task force.

In October, a citizen task force recommended closing the Linden-McKinley STEM Academy and moving its students to East High School. The task force proposed using the Linden-McKinley building into a middle school.

It also recommended the closure of Buckeye Middle School, Mifflin Middle School, Siebert Elementary and Dominion Middle School.

A resolution approved by the board makes no changes to Linden-McKinley STEM Academy, East High School, Marion Franklin High School and South High School

As a result of the board’s vote, none of the recommended school closures will take place.

The board approved the adjustment of attendance boundaries for Highland Elementary, West Broad Elementary and Westgate Elementary. Attendance boundaries between Maize Elementary and North Linden Elementary will also be adjusted.

Columbus City Schools will further study the relocation of Columbus North International, Columbus Global Academy and Dominion Middle School.

The district voted no on a plan to move operations out of the Morse Road Bus Compound, the former Beery Middle School/Marion-Franklin Opportunity Center and the Adult Education Center on Lexington Avenue and close the facilities. It will further study the idea.

The board voted yes to identify plans to relocate operations out of the Linmoor Education Center and the Hudson Distribution Center. It also approved a plan to study the cost of relocating the downtown CEC complex, food production center, Fot Hayes transportation compound and Kingswood Data Center.

NBC4’s Dan Pearlman will have more on this story at 11pm on NBC4.

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