Some Columbus City Schools employees did a double-take last week. After leaving the district to deal with the fallout of a data-scrubbing scandal without her, former Superintendent Gene Harris was spotted walking the halls of the district's Downtown headquarters on March 11.
Some Columbus City Schools employees did a double-take last week.
After leaving the district to deal with the fallout of a data-scrubbing scandal without her, former Superintendent Gene Harris was spotted walking the halls of the district’s Downtown headquarters on March 11.
What was Harris doing there? Meeting with someone important about something intriguing?
Nope. Harris was there to pay a social visit to her former secretary, district spokesman Jeff Warner said. No big deal and nothing unusual, he said. She followed normal visiting procedures.
But at least one person who was in the building during the visit later expressed discomfort with it.
When state Auditor Dave Yost released the findings of his investigation into district data-rigging in January, he said Harris had presided over a culture of deceit in which students were passed through the system without an adequate education. Instead, high-level administrators changed data to make it appear that more students were learning.
It is a “reasonable inference based on our interviews that (Harris) was at least aware of what was going on,” Yost said in January.
Voters rejected the district’s levy in November. It is now closing schools and could lay off hundreds of employees to save $50 million a year. Federal and local prosecutors are considering criminal charges because of the data-rigging.
But besides all that, welcome back, Gene Harris!
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Ohio University plans to break ground today on the newest piece of its 105-acre Dublin campus.
The Dublin Integrated Education Center will house a master’s program for physician assistants, said Randy Leite, dean of the university’s College of Health Sciences and Professions. Those students will be on the first floor of the three-floor, 86,000-square-foot building.
The university is hoping to work with other schools, including Ohio Dominican University and Columbus State Community College, to fill out the other two floors, Leite said.
Athens-based Ohio University first chose Dublin as the site for its Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2011. The renovation of three existing commercial buildings is nearly done, and osteopathic-medicine students will begin classes there this summer, Leite said.
The building for the physician-assistant program should be completed in April 2015. The entire Dublin campus is large enough that OU may decide to bring even more programs there.
“We’re starting to work on a long-term vision for that campus,” Leite said.
Dispatch Reporter Bill Bush contributed to this report.