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Columbus (Ohio) board puts off vote on closing 9 schools

June 26, 2024
A district task force has recommended the closings, but the board says the public needs more time to provide feedback.

The Columbus (Ohio)  school board has delayed a vote on whether to accept a task force recomendation to close nine school buildings.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that the board voted unanimously to delay action on the recommendations.

On Tuesday, the Superintendent's Community Facilities Task Force recommended closing six elementary schools, two middle schools, a high school and the district's downtown administrative building.

Board members put off a decision on the recommendation so that the public could have more opportunity for feedback.

"Today, I was in no position knowledgeably to make the decision that I think is best for 47,000 children and our 9,000 plus employees," board member Michael Cole said.

The recommended closures:

  • Elementary: Broadleigh, Fairwood, Lindbergh, Moler, North Linden, and West Broad.
  • Middle: Buckeye Middle and Columbus City Preparatory School for Boys.
  • High: the McGuffey Road Facility would close, and Columbus Alternative High School would move its programming to East High School.
About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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