“We each have to do our part—and do it very well”
-James Kouzes and Barry Posner
  • Today Columbus City Schools is a statewide model for data tracking and reporting;
  • The District Office of Internal Audit stands as a national model for risk management and organizational effectiveness;
  • Developed new “Zero-Base Budget” model that manages District resources;
  • Demand a District culture of compassion and excellence in staff and student performance.
“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
– Socrates
  • “Raise the Bar” for our students with more rigorous classes and homework assignments;
  • Reward our students by keeping good teachers and principals in their school buildings;
  • Increase teacher support through intercollegiate partnerships that put more graduate students in our classrooms;
  • Offer certifications, apprenticeships, service learning and/or college credit options for students through community partnerships.


“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
-Benjamin Franklin
  • Eliminate waste with options like “Zero-Based Budgeting” the make the budget process more inclusive;
  • Create building “Impact Teams” within our schools that help parents and students become better informed, engaged and connected to their schools and local resources;
  • Establish a “School Pride Citywide” campaign that sets goals towards an A or B rating in all schools.


“For safety is not a gadget but a state of mind.”
-Eleanor Everet
  • Increased police officers in schools in strong partnership with School Resource Officers and District staff;
  • Work with first-responders to implement emergency plans that address violence, natural disasters etc.;
  • Encourage student and staff activism against bullying with “Peer-to-Peer” mentoring and service projects;
  • Created new partnerships with organizations including Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Franklin County Job and Family Services that introduced new health and wellness supports for children.