The Columbus City School Board signed off on a plan shifting students around a handful of Clintonville-area schools. It’s a modification of a proposal made by the facilities task force late last year.
The original idea would have shifted students at Columbus North International High School to the old Brookhaven High building with Columbus Global Academy. Students at an overcrowded Dominion Middle would then move into the North High building, and three language schools would be folded in as well.
The Board’s primary alterations have to do with timing.
Three schools with robust language programs—Ecole Kenward, Columbus Spanish Immersion and Hubbard Mastery—will remain in place for the coming school year, and extend classes to serve 7th graders for one year only. District officials will also begin developing a new feeder pattern for middle and high school immersion programs, with an eye on launching in the 2020 school year.
The district is also planning a middle school focused on language immersion programs to open in 2020. It will take up residence in what is now Dominion Middle School, once those students have moved to a new home. Middle schoolers from Columbus Global Academy would also be shifted to the language immersion school.
Students at North International High School will move into the Brookhaven building with Columbus Global Academy at the start of next school year. Dominion students, meanwhile, will remain in place to begin the 2019 school term and move into the vacated North High building mid-year.