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Board Meeting Preview — November 28, 2023


Columbus City Schools

Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, November 28, at 6:00 p.m., Briggs High School (2555 Briggs Road)

Viewing the Board Meeting 

The Columbus Board of Education’s regular business meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. at  Briggs High School (2555 Briggs Road). The Board will move into Executive Session at the end of the regular business meeting, per Section 121.22(G)(1) of the Ohio Revised Code, to consider the appointment, employment, or compensation of public employees.

The Board meeting will be streamed via Facebook Live and the Columbus City Schools' BOE YouTube Channel. For more information on meeting dates and times, click here. Also, visit the Columbus City Schools BOE YouTube Channel to view past Board meetings. 

The Columbus Board of Education will hold regular office hours before all regular business meetings from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. The office hours will allow community members to meet with Board members one-on-one, ask questions, and share their thoughts and concerns.

Meeting Agenda Topics

The meeting agenda topics include:

12.2 - Supporting Whole-Child Focused, the Board will be asked to authorize the administration to enter into an agreement with School Specialty for SPIRE/Sound Sensible Curriculum Materials. SPIRE/Sound Sensible is a research-proven reading intervention program designed to help students who struggle with reading by providing them with intensive, structured, and spiraling instruction in key literacy skills. The program is designed to be used by intervention specialists, who work with small groups of students to provide individualized instruction and intervention/support. It incorporates a range of foundational skills, including phonological awareness, phonics, spelling, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension, into a 10-step lesson plan that is implemented over a period of time. 

15.2 - Supporting Authentic Engagement, the Board will be asked to authorize the administration to purchase upgraded dispatch hardware, software and installation to connect to the current radio system from REM Communications Inc. for the Transportation Department. The electronic communication system shall be capable of constant contact with the school or dispatch point. The current Transportation Department dispatching hardware and software will be obsolete due to systems no longer supporting Windows 10, as the District will transition to Windows 11 at the end of calendar year 2024. The current system and equipment will not operate on Windows 11.

17.1 - Supporting Equitable Opportunities for All, the Board will be asked to authorize the administration to recommend the Board of Education approve the general contract with Prodigy Building Solutions, LLC., and direct the Board President and Treasurer/CFO to execute the agreement. The Mifflin High School Renovations project entails renovations throughout the interiors of the facility, focused on the classroom environments and common spaces such as corridors, cafeteria, gymnasium and auditorium.  The work will entail replacement or significant upgrades to flooring, ceilings, walls, and casework.  It will also upgrade systems such as lighting, and paging, as well as auditorium and gymnasium sound and lighting systems. 

22.1 - Supporting Equitable Opportunities for all, the Board will be asked to authorize the administration to enter into a purchase of services agreement with Ashland University to provide services for the Ashland Licensure programs for school year 2023-2024. Due to an increase in vacancies in high needs licensure areas, we are requesting funds to assist with staffing needs. This project will allow selected current Columbus City Schools teachers to receive tuition assistance in the Ashland University program. Teachers in this cohort will be selected through a rigorous application process intended to identify equity-centered teachers.

For additional background information and to view the full meeting agenda, click here.

Board Meeting - Public Comment Registration

Any public participant wishing to make comments can address the Board in person or by telephone. To sign up, public participants must call to leave a voicemail with Customer Relations at 614-365-8888 or email by 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 28. Speakers will need to provide their name, topic, and phone number. 

Upcoming Meetings

December 5 - Columbus Board of Education Meeting (3700 South High St.), 6:00 p.m.

December 7 - Neighborhood School Development Partnership Committee (NSDP) Meeting, 8:00 a.m.

December 13 - Governance, Policy, and Advocacy Committee (GPAC) Meeting, 9:00 a.m.

December 13 - Finance and Appropriations Committee Meeting, 5:00 p.m.

December 19 - Columbus Board of Education Meeting (Marion-Franklin High School, 1265 Koebel Road), 6:00 p.m.