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Columbus City Schools Kicks Off the School Year with 2019 Convocation


August 21, 2019 -- Columbus City Schools students’ head back to the classroom Thursday. To kick-off the 2019-2020 school year, 9,000 Columbus City Schools teachers, administrators and staff from across the district, came together under on roof for the 2019 Convocation held at the Greater Columbus Convention Center.

“Happy New Year Columbus City Schools! On behalf of your Board of Education, I want to extend a warm welcome to all of you,” said Columbus Board of Education President, Gary L. Baker, II. “The last time we did something like this was 2001, which was Dr. Dixon’s first year in the district as an assistant principal.”

Columbus Board of Education members, dignitaries, Ohio State Senator Hearcul Craig, and city leaders, Columbus Mayor Andrew Ginther, came together to show their support and appreciation to those that lead Columbus City Schools students in-and-outside the classroom.

“It is the women and men of Columbus City Schools that have probably the most important job in this community,” said Columbus Mayor, Andrew Ginther. “I say thank you. Thank you for your service. Thank you for what you do everyday in your school buildings, on your buses and after school.”

51,000 smiling faces are headed back into the classroom for the first day of class on August 22nd. 

A Familiar face will be leading the largest school district in Ohio with an new plan and set of achievable goals.

“I feel like I am back with a family that I spent 9-years of my career with.,” said. Dr. Talisa Dixon. 

The district’s mission statement will remain the same. --“Each student is highly educated, prepared for leadership and service and empowered for success as a citizen in a global community.”  

But Dr. Dixon says there will be a new strategic plan.

“Together if we all believe in our students we can change the present narrative,” said Dixon.

During the 2019 convocation, Dr. Dixon outlined the district’s four goals of the upcoming school year.

The first goal is to focus on the districts academic performance. 

In terms of improving student outcomes we would need to create a renewed focus on literacy and numeracy, especially in early childhood in the younger grades,” Dixon says.

Goal two, will be to improve culture and climate.

“We want to strengthen our safety and security measures across the district through strategic staffing, training and analysis.”

Goal three, is focused on talent management.

“We need to do more to make sure that we are attracting the best teachers, the best administrators and the best overall staff for our schools.” she says.

The final goal fourth goal, accountability and engagement.

“Our goal is to empower our families and our partners and give them the tools and support they need to make sure that their students have a great pathway to success.”

Dr. Dixon is excited to partner with Columbus City Schools teachers, staff, city leaders, non-profit partners and families  to build a model of success.

“Who are just as committed as I in making Columbus City Schools a national model urban education.”