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Columbus Board of Education Meeting Recap (November 6, 2019)

BoE Meeting

Nov. 7, 2019 — The Columbus Board of Education convened for its regular meeting at the Columbus Education Center on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. Watch the complete video of the meeting below.

Honors and Recognitions

Board Recognitions The board adopted three important recognitions to begin the meeting: School Psychology Awareness Week (SPAW), which runs from November 11-15, Ohio Public Education Appreciation Week (November 18-22) and also Education Support Professionals Day (November 20).


Legislative Highlights

*For the complete list and descriptions of legislation passed at the Board of Education meeting, click here to view the agenda on the CCS BoardDocs page.

7.1 - Superintendent’s Report: Strategic Engagement Presentation

Strategic Engagement is one of four key priorities that Superintendent Dr. Talisa Dixon has established for the 2019-2020 school year.  Chief Engagement Officer Alesia Gillison presented to the Board of Education and outlined her new department’s upcoming initiatives as the District strives to meaningfully engage our families and community. Click here to view the presentation.

7.2 - Superintendent’s Report: Career and College Graduation Presentation

Executive Director of College and Career Readiness Pegeen Cleary-Potts presented to the Board of Education about the state’s new graduation requirements and pathways and the District’s work in preparing our students for college and career opportunities. Click here to view the presentation.

10.1 - I Know I Can Scholarship Presentation

I Know I Can Executive Director Katina Fullen announced the organization’s Dream Big Scholarship, a new funding opportunity for graduating seniors of Columbus City Schools. Worth $3,500 per year and renewable for four years, the Dream Big Scholarship will be awarded for the first time to a select number of qualified students from the CCS Class of 2020. In addition to the current Founders’ Scholarship and I Know I Can Grant, this new funding opportunity will provide, over the next several years, $4.5 million in new scholarship dollars to CCS college-bound students.

I Know I Can

The goals of the Dream Big Scholarship are to increase the number of students who complete important college access milestones, help to close the financial gap for college and improve student outcomes around college enrollment and completion. In addition to monetary support, Dream Big Scholarship recipients will receive individualized advising services from an IKIC College Resource Specialist including connections to campus resources and financial education.

Click here to learn more about the new Dream Big Scholarship.

Click here to view the presentation.

10.2 - Trolley Barn Presentation

Local developer Connect Real Estate presented a proposal to the Board of Education for a Downtown Redevelopment District (DRD) agreement to create a new fresh food market at the old Trolley Barn site near Franklin Park on the city’s Near East Side. The agreement would bring an anticipated $3.9 million in new property tax revenue to the District ($80k annually in years 1-15; $173k annually in years 16-30). The developers have also offered the dedication of one Market stall to Columbus City School District at a value of $200k-$300k, along with cooler space, access to laptops and high-speed internet, and meeting space. Click here to view the presentation.

The Board of Education took no action on the proposal at the meeting. A vote to approve an agreement would occur at the Nov. 19 Board meeting.

11.1 - Resolution to Authorize Agreement with the Columbus School Employees Association, Ohio Association of Public School Employees AFSCME Local 4, AFL-CIO

Board Agreement

The Board of Education voted to approve an agreement with the Columbus School Employees Association (CSEA) on a reopener to the current collective bargaining agreement, which runs Sept. 1, 2017, through Aug. 31, 2020. Click here to read more about the agreement with CSEA.

20.1 - Authorization to Sell the Shepard Service Center Property

The Board of Education approved the sale of this property for $400,099.00, less any closing costs and commissions and otherwise in accordance with the terms of the real estate purchase contract. The property served as the site of Shepard Elementary School until 1977 when it was closed as active school. The building served as an administrative office site until 2015. The Board of Education declared the building as surplus property in 2016.

20.2 - Award of Design-Build Contract to Johnson Controls, Inc. for the "Operation: Fix It" HVAC Renovations Phase VI-A: Medina Middle School, Ridgeview Middle School, Alpine Elementary School, Cranbrook Elementary School, Eakin Elementary School, and Scottwood Elementary School.

The District's "Operation: Fix It" initiative, funded by the 2016 passage of Issue 57, targets a variety of deferred maintenance needs across the district, including HVAC and electrical system upgrades. Based upon the condition of the existing systems, Phase VI-A of the HVAC Overhaul projects will include Medina Middle School, Ridgeview Middle School, Alpine Elementary School, Cranbrook Elementary School, Eakin Elementary School, and Scottwood Elementary School. The existing heating and ventilation systems are beyond useful life and failing, resulting in inefficient operation and poor climate control.

Work at all six sites will commence upon contract award and is anticipated to be completed in time for the start of the 2020-2021 school year.  At the conclusion of the project, the buildings will have upgraded HVAC systems, complete with electronic temperature controls, and air-conditioning in all classroom spaces.

20.3 - Award of General Contract to Bruner Corporation for the "Operation: Fix It" HVAC Renovations Projects Phase V-A.2: Northland High School, Woodward Park Middle School, and Windsor STEM Elementary School.

The District's "Operation: Fix It" initiative, funded by the 2016 passage of Issue 57, targets a variety of deferred maintenance needs across the district, including HVAC and electrical system upgrades. Based upon the condition of existing systems, Phase V-A included HVAC Overhaul projects including Northland High School, Woodward Park Middle School, and Windsor STEM Elementary Schools. The original contract excluded HVAC upgrades in the following areas: Northland - art wing, Woodward Park - old shop wing, and cafeteria, Windsor - multi-purpose space.  This contract will upgrade those areas providing new heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning to those spaces.

25.1 - 21st Century Grant: Agreement with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Columbus at Livingston Elementary School

Livingston Elementary received the 21st Century Grant which will be used to purchase services from the Boys and Girls Club of Columbus. The Boys and Girls Club will provide intervention services for students who are below grade level in math and reading and will also focus on positive youth behavior and parental involvement.

Columbus City Schools will use three evidenced-based strategies to deliver educational opportunities to families of participating students at Livingston Elementary’s 21st Century Community Learning Centers site: Project Learn, FAN Club, and Home Libraries. Boys and Girls Club of Columbus staff members will engage all the adults in a child’s life, working collectively with family members, teachers, and mentors to improve each child’s success.

26.2-5 - Donations

  • 80 gently used computer monitors ($2,400 total value) from the RG Barry Corporation for Eastmoor Academy High School students. The monitors are View Sonic 22-inch and will replace the current 15-inch monitors in the Computer Lab and Library of the school.
  • $2,200 from the Clinton Elementary School PTA. The donation will be used to off-set the cost of field trips, primary leveled readers and PBIS incentives. 
  • 5 instruments valued at a total of $1,771 from Hungry for Music, a non-profit organization
  • Computers/accessories from the United States Department of Agriculture for Medina Middle School. Connecting Kids Inside Out made the request from the United States Department of Agriculture. The list of donated computers/accessories has a valued amount of $83,968.10.