Columbus City Schools’ hiring, training plans uncertain

Monday, October 14, 2013

Spending decisions would be made with advice from a proposed public-private nonprofit group appointed by the city, district and private sector.

“The idea is to have heavy private-sector engagement and to shape this,” said Mark Real, who leads KidsOhio, a nonprofit Columbus group that researches school issues. “It isn’t shaped yet.”

The district lists a menu of possible new programs that could receive money from the 1 mill that the 9.01-mill levy would dedicate to school leadership. The menu includes advertising campaigns promoting the district to recruits, financial incentives for new hires, staff training, site visits to other urban districts, mentoring for leaders, and new agreements with teacher-training colleges.

The district already does some of these things, but “this is much more expansive,” said district spokesman Jeff Warner. “It’s a very different focus.”

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