Columbus City Schools Board of Education to meet for first time since announcing budget cuts


THE COLUMBUS BOARD OF EDUCATION HOLDS ITS FIRST MEETING TONIGHT SINCE THE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCED 21 MILLION DOLLARS IN PROPOSED CUTS FOR NEXT YEAR. NBC 4’S TED HART IS LIVE AT DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS TONIGHT WITH THAT STORY…. TED? TED: THE PROPOSED CUTS ARE NOT ON THE AGENDA FOR TONIGHTS MEETING. BUT ITS LIKELY THE SUBJECT WILL COME UP DURING THE PUBLIC COMMENT PART OF THE MEETING. EVER SINCE THE STATE ANNOUNCED THE LATEST SCHOOL FUNDING FORMULA – THE DISTRICT KNEW IT WOULD TAKE A HIT. BUT IT’S JUST NOW BECOMING CLEAR – WHAT THAT WILL LOOK LIKE.. AT THE STATEHOUSE TODAY – THERE WAS A CELEBRATION OF PUBLIC EDUCATION.. STUDENTS FROM THE HEARING IMPAIRED PROGRAM AT COLUMBUS’S HEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WERE THERE. PARENT ERICA MARLATT SAYS THE NEWS OF POTENTIAL CUTS IS INCREDIBLY TROUBLING… ERICA MARLATT, PARENT: “WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT CUTS. WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT LOSING PEOPLE, MAKING SURE THERE ARE ENOUGH TEACHERS FOR THE STUDENTS AND ENOUGH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT – AIDES AND AS WELL MUSIC CLASS AND ART AND ALL OF THOSE TYPES OF THINGS.” THE ADMINISTRATION IS PROPOSING MORE THAN 21 MILLION DOLLARS IN CUTS FOR NEXT YEAR…INCLUDING 163 FULL TIME JOBS. THE DISTRICT BLAMES THE CONTINUED WHITTLING AWAY OF STATE FUNDING LEAVING THE DISTRICT WITH A BIGGER AND BIGGER DEFICIT. “I’M VERY CONCERNED PARTICULARLY ABOUT THE IMPACT ON STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT.” TEACHERS UNION PRESIDENT TRACY JOHNSON SAYS STAFFS ACROSS THE DISTRICT ARE ALREADY STRETCHED THIN. TRACY JOHNSON, COLUMBUS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: “WHEN YOU CUT INSTRUCTIONAL AIDES OR THEY LOSE ANOTHER TEACHER IN A BUILDING, THAT MEANS CLASS SIZE MAY INCREASE, THE SUPPORT THAT THE I-A’S GIVE TO THE BUILDING – SOMEBODY HAS TO PICK THAT WORK UP.” TED: THE SCHOOL BOARD HAS A PUBLIC WORK SESSION SCHEDULED FOR LATER THIS MONTH TO START WORKING THROUGH THE ADMINISTRATIONS RECOMMENDED CUTS. LOCAL FOR YOU IN COLUMBUS, TED HART NBC 4. STAY WITH NBC4 FOR UPDATES TONIGHT AFTER THE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING. WE’LL KEEP YOU POSTED ON THE LATEST NEWS ON THE AIR, AND ONLINE AT NBC4 I DOT COM. BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD OUR NEWS APP FOR

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