Evelyn "Elaine" Bell came to Columbus City Schools in 1968. She lamented in an interview with The Dispatch last week that she wouldn't make it to 50 years. Bell reluctantly resigned last week because her executive-director job at the district is being eliminated as the new superintendent streamlines the central office.
Evelyn “Elaine” Bell came to Columbus City Schools in 1968. She lamented in an interview with The Dispatch last week that she wouldn’t make it to 50 years.
Bell reluctantly resigned last week because her executive-director job at the district is being eliminated as the new superintendent streamlines the central office.
But trying to reach 50 years wasn’t arbitrary for Bell. She had wanted to serve 25 years for herself and 25 years for her daughter, who also was a Columbus teacher. Her daughter taught for only a year and a half at Dana Elementary before dying of cancer. Bell said she wanted to finish out her daughter’s years of service in her honor.
“This year they’re closing Dana,” Bell said. “The teachers there had a memorial called the Bell Unit.”
Bell’s last day is today.
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Interim Columbus school Superintendent Dan Good says the state auditor’s office is doing a little quality control for the district.
In addition to conducting a massive, yearlong investigation into student-data manipulation in Columbus schools, the auditor has agreed to take a look at the district’s new data practices to make sure they’re solid, Good said last week.
The idea, he said, is to make sure that anti-cheating measures that Columbus has taken such as limiting employee access to student data and adopting new grade-changing rules are enough to prevent problems.
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A year after he left his job as superintendent of the Gahanna-Jefferson district, Mark E. White is back in a Franklin County school.
White was hired as the interim principal of New Albany High School, replacing Ric Stranges, who left to become principal of Delaware Hayes High School.
White still had a year left on his contract when he left Gahanna, saying at the time that he wanted to pursue something else in education. Since then, he also worked as interim principal at Licking Heights High School.
In New Albany, White will be paid $110,000 under a one-year contract, about $7,000 less than Stranges earned.
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Now that summer classes are just about over, students at Capital University should finally have received their financial aid.
Besides a statewide delay in the Ohio College Opportunity Grant –– the state’s largest college scholarship –– there was also a delay at Capital in disbursing Pell Grant payments to students awarded the federal, need-based grant.
The Pell Grant was delayed because, as part of a quality-control program, the university every other year must review tax documents from 350 students to verify their need for aid, university spokeswoman Nichole Johnson said.
There was a delay in getting the tax documents, but both the state and federal grants should now have reached students, Johnson said.
Dispatch Reporter Collin Binkley contributed to this report.