CCS Board votes on task force recommendations, will not close schools

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus City Schools Board of Education voted Wednesday on the recommendations made by the Facilities Task Force.

The board voted for the district to adjust the attendance boundaries for Highland Elementary, West Broad Elementary, and Westgate Elementary.

The board also voted for the district to adjust the attendance boundaries for Maize Elementary and North Linden Elementary.

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The district will further study the relocation of Columbus North International Columbus Global Academy and Dominion Middle School.

The plan to move operations out of and close the Morse Road bus compound, the former Beery Middle School/Marion-Franklin Opportunity Center, and the Adult Education Center on Lexington Avenue will also be looked at more.

The district will plan to move operations out of the Linmoor Education Center, Seventeenth Ave. facility, and the Hudson Distribution Center into a new building.

A study will also be developed to look at potentially moving the downtown CEC Complex, Food Production Center, Ft. Hayes Transportation Compound, and Kingswood Data Center.

Two of the recommendations made by the task force will not move forward according to the district:

  • The District will not consider co-location of Buckeye Middle School into Marion-Franklin High School and closure of the Buckeye building; creation of a dedicated South Middle School within South High School, reassignment of Grade 6 from Lincoln Park, Livingston, Moler, Siebert, Stewart, and Southwood to the new South Middle School; adjustment of the attendance boundaries for Southwood Elementary and Stewart Elementary to include the current Siebert neighborhood catchment, closure of Siebert Elementary; NOR adjustment of Fairwood Elementary into the East feeder pattern, with Grade 6 reassigned to Champion Middle School
  • The District will not consider conversion of Linden-McKinley STEM Academy into Linden-McKinley STEM Middle School, reassignment of Linden-McKinley Grades 9-12 to East High School; reassignment of Grade 6 from Hamilton STEM, Linden STEM, South Mifflin STEM, and Windsor STEM to the new Linden-McKinley STEM Middle School; NOR reassignment of middle school English-as-a-Second-Language Units (including the ESL Sheltered Site) at Medina Middle School and Mifflin Middle School to the new Linden-McKinley STEM Middle School, adjustment of the attendance boundary for Medina Middle to include the current Mifflin Middle catchment boundary (merging both schools at Medina), and closure of the Mifflin Middle School building.