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School Closings

Proposed School Closing Information
Background Information

Following the outcome of the November 5, 2013 election, we have been carefully assessing our financial position in anticipation of having to make budget reductions for the 2014-2015 school year – and beyond. Based on the Treasurer’s Five Year Forecast, it will be necessary to reduce expenditures by approximately $50 million, for the budget year beginning July 1, 2014.

Among the reductions being proposed are the closing of seven school buildings. Information on that proposal, the schools involved, and the Community Input meetings can be found on this page.

Following guidelines set forth under Board of Education Policy 3226.1, the Columbus City Schools School Consolidation Team carefully assessed data associated with all of the District’s schools and on February 11 brought a draft recommendation to the Superintendent and Board of Education to close/consolidate seven schools:

  • Arlington Park Elementary School
  • Brookhaven High School
  • Fifth Avenue K-6 International Elementary School
  • Independence High School
  • Maybury Elementary School
  • Monroe Middle School
  • Siebert Elementary School

Following two community input meetings, the Columbus City Schools Consolidation Team reevaluated their recommendations. The final recommendation to the Board of Education calls for closing five schools, all of the schools on the original list with the exception of Independence High School and Siebert Elementary School.

The Board of Education is scheduled to vote on the recommendation on Tuesday, March 4.

Click HERE for the complete version of the final school closings recommendation.
School Closings Proposal - Original proposal presented to the Board of Education February 11, 2014 
Listen to the Community Input Meetings 
Listen to the Feb. 13 Community Input meeting - HERE
Listen to the Feb. 25 Community Input meeting - HERE
Present Proposal to Board of Education - Feb. 11
Community Input Meeting - Feb. 13, Ft. Hayes Metropolitan HS, 546 Jack Gibbs Blvd., 6 p.m.
Community Input Meeting - Feb. 25, East HS, 1500 E. Broad St., 6 p.m. 
Board vote on Proposal - March 4
High School Choice Fair - March 6
High School Lottery School Choice Dates - March 7 - March 28
Elementary/Middle School Choice Fair- March 11
Elementary/Middle School Lottery School Choice Dates - March 21 - April 11
Proposed School Closings
Below are the schools on the proposed school closing list. Click on the school name for specific details on he building and the proposed attendance area. 
2013-14 Attendance Areas
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Community Meetings
The Board of Education is holding two Community Input meetings to gather feedback and ideas on the proposed school closings. You will need to register in-person prior to the meeting in order to be added to the speakers' list. Speakers will have two minutes to share their ideas, feelings and suggestions about their school. Equal opportunity will be given to each school on the consolidation list. The community input meetings will be:
February 13, 2014
Ft. Hayes Metropolitan High School
546 Jack Gibbs Blvd.
6 p.m. 
 February 25, 2014
East High School 
1500 E. Broad St.
6 p.m. 
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