Across the City:An Emphasis on Neighborhoods
Recommendation: The development of smaller districts with neighborhoodadvisory boards and support resources.
It is crucial that the Commission respond to the resounding feedback about schools being the lifeblood of neighborhoods and the astute observations about those neighborhoods’ differing needs. The Columbus City
School district’s size brings many benets, but agility in responding to neighborhood needs is not one of them.
We recommend the
creation of smaller districts,
while maintaining the racial and socio-economicdiversity that makes CCS special. The lottery/school choice process must be revised to lessen the impact thatschool choice has on our neighborhood schools. We recommend that the Commission create
to drive down decision-making. Every neighborhood should appoint a
focused on business/community engagement and fostering relationships in the neighborhood.
are needed to streamline communications to parents andpromote schools through web/print/events. As these activities are part of neighborhood development, the cityshould come to the table with organizational and operational assistance.
A Commitment to Success: Continuity ofLeadership and Social Services
Recommendation: Accountable and autonomous building leaders nurturedacross the district. An emphasis on minimal staff changes—when a principalhas proved solid—will limit impact on children and allow innovative
practices to fourish.
Recommendation: Solutions beyond the traditional scope of district policy so that the needs of the whole child can be met. In our pathway, full yearacademics and expanded social services should be implemented.
Dominion Middle School and Whetstone High School are among the most socio-economically diverse schoolsin the district—more than 60 percent of the students at each are considered underserved. There is a tendencyin community discussions to miss or dismiss this fact.
Nurses, social workers, college and careercounselors and school psychologists are crucial to serve children and should be in placeat each school across the city. Dominion and Whetstone serve a population of studentscoming from a year-round academic environment at Weinland Park Elementary School.That option should be extended to middle and high schools in the district.
The ability of the leadership at any school to serve a neighborhood grows with time. Connections are madeand trust is built. All too often, teachers, principals and other leaders are shifted around too quickly. We ask that the Commission
keep successful staff right where they are.
Moving crucial administrators aroundthe district just highlights the fact that we don’t have enough of them to ably serve our city and causes parentaluneasiness. As the Commission rightly notes,
recruiting and keeping excellent staff
is a key goal.Schools are only as strong as their leadership. Our principals need their hands untied on issues of discipline,hiring and budget.
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