CCS Community, there is still time to submit your feedback on the district’s current safety and school climate efforts. The information we receive from the community will help inform the Safe Schools Working Group, which will present a recommendation to the Board of Education this fall. Click here to take the survey, with multiple language options available. Or watch the first Safe Schools Community Session from September 2. Your feedback is important as we reimagine what safety looks like in the 21st century.
Safe Schools Working Group
In June 2020, the Columbus Board of Education announced the formation of a Safe Schools Working Group to evaluate the safety and security program in Columbus City Schools, including the District’s relationship with the Columbus Police Department.
The working group will include a broad range of stakeholders, including students, families, staff, district partners, and community members. The group will be asked to make recommendations to the Board of Education and the Superintendent regarding the District’s full safety and security program moving forward. The Board of Education officially seated the working group at its meeting on June 30.
The Board of Education allowed the District’s current two-year contract with the Columbus Police Department to expire on June 30, 2020. The contract had provided for 19 School Resource Officers (SROs) to be stationed in CCS high school buildings.
Working Group Co-Chairs
Working Group Members
Aimee Troyer, Parent/Guardian
Amna A. Akbar, Community Member
Austin Owens, Community Member
Brooke Burns, Parent/Guardian
Brya Coleman, Community Member
Bryan Welcome, CCS Classified Staff
Caden Burston, CCS Student
Carissa Izzo, Parent/Guardian
Chanie Scott, Parent/Guardian
Demitri Johnson, Community Member
Ekundayo Igeleke, Community Member
Emily Buster, Parent/Guardian
Erin Upchurch, Community Member
Fran Frazier, Community Member
James Wilson, CCS Administrator
Jeanette Johnson, CEA Representative
Jason Johnson, CCS Administrator
Jermaine Kennedy, Community Member
Jimmie Beal, Community Member
John Price, Community Member
Joseph Decker, CEA Representative
Julia Handelman, Community Member
Kelly Montgomery, Parent/Guardian
Kimberly Mills, CCS Administrator
Larry Howell, Community Member
Lisa Johnson, CEA Representative
Maria Angel, Community Member
Maryam Muhammad, CCS Student
Megan Hinz, CEA Representative
Mercy Ayegbusi, CCS Student
Rahma Abhullahi, Community Member
Robyn Whalen, Parent/Guardian
Ryan McGuire, Parent/Guardian
Samual Lee Granget, CCS Student
Sandra Lopez, Community Member
Sean Powers, Community Member
Shayanna Hinkle-Moore, Community Member
Theresa Vanderburg-Watts, CCS Classified Staff
Valancia Turner, Community Member
The Safe Schools Working Group recently hosted two Virtual Community Sessions. See the dropdown tabs to the left to watch them in their entirety.
Click here to read the Board's previously announced timeline regarding the group.