Proposed CCS changes close 4 school buildings, turn 2 high schools into middle schools

Columbus City Schools is looking at changes that include closing four different school buildings, and turning two high schools into middle schools to address a changing student population (WSYX/WTTE)

Six different scenarios of closings and mergers for Columbus City Schools could end up affecting the student and staff of 33 different schools.

The district released the proposed plans at the 2018 Facilities Task Force meeting for the first time Friday morning. The results of all could lead to closing four school buildings throughout the district and turning two existing high schools into middle school.

In scenario 1, the district would close Siebert Elementary School on the south side over a two to three year period. While 50 kids live within Seibert's boundaries, the district said 30 transfer out to another school. With it closed, its future students would attend Stewart Elementary several blocks away in German Village.

In scenario 2, the district would change boundary lines for Highland, West Broad, and Westgate Elementary Schools. That would even out attendance levels for schools on the west side.

In scenario 3, attendance boundaries would change for North Linden and Maize Elementary Schools. The district lists Maize as under capacity while North Linden is over capacity. An English as a Second Language program would then be offered at both schools.

In scenario 4, three different options are listed. In one, North International High School would move into the former Brookhaven High School. Columbus Global Academy - now at the Brookhaven site - would also stay there. Dominion Middle School would move into North High School. The second option adds the language immersion program to Dominion which would dedicate it as the language immersion middle school for french and spanish speaking students. The third option applies if Dominion Middle does not relocate. That would allow CAHS into the North High space.

In scenario 5, Marion Franklin High School would turn into a middle school and the 9th through 12 graders there would be sent to South High School. Buckeye Middle School on the south side would shut down along with Siebert Elementary.

In scenario 6, Linden-McKinley High School would turn into a middle school and the 9th through 12th graders there would be sent to East High School. Mifflin and Medina Middle Schools would also merge and Mifflin Middle would close.

The task force will choose its recommendations at the end of the month and present them to the public in September for input. They'll present their final recommendations to the Columbus City School Board in October. The board will then take a vote in November. Most changes would take affect in the 2019/2020 school year.


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