Columbus City Schools task force recommends big changes to schools and buildings

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The Columbus City Schools’ Facilities Task Force has voted on a set of final recommendations of schools and buildings it suggests the Board of Educations should consider closing.

The task force also made suggestions which, if approved, could change attendance boundaries and grade configurations.

Members voted in favor of a measure which would keep Marion-Franklin High School open, while moving students from the current Buckeye Middle School into its building.

If approved, Buckeye Middle School would close.

Additionally, the task force recommends creating a South Middle School, within the current South High School building, keeping the high school in place.

This plan also calls for the closure of Siebert Elementary School. 

In a separate recommendation, the task force concluded it would be best to convert Linden-McKinley STEM Academy to the Linden-McKinley STEM Middle School, by sending the current high school students to East High School.

The reconfigured East High School would accept students from the Linden-McKinley STEM Middle School, Hamilton STEM, Linden STEM, South Mifflin STEM and Windsor STEM, if the plan is adopted.

Under the series of proposals, the task force recommends changes to the attendance boundaries for the following schools:

  • Southwood Elementary School
  • Stewart Elementary School
  • Highland Elementary School
  • West Broad Elementary School
  • Westgate Elementary School
  • Maize Elementary School
  • North Linden Elementary School

The task force also supported a plan to put Columbus North International and the Columbus Global Academy in the same building, which once housed Brookhaven High School.

That proposal would place Dominion Middle School, in the old North High School building, while making Dominion’s academic offerings greater.

Several task force members said improving academic opportunities across the district played a large role in their support of these recommendations.

“Our focus was on what will improve academic outcomes for Columbus City Schools’ students,” said task force co-chair, Pari Sabety. “We certainly did not come into this meeting with any preconceived notions of how this was going to occur, but I think it just had to do with the fabric and difference of communities around our city.”

The Board of Education is scheduled to hold a work session to discuss these recommendations, on November 7.

A final vote is scheduled for November 20.

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