Columbus district weighs closing 2 high schools, 5 other sites and relocating 2,500 students


COLUMBUS — Administrators in Ohio’s largest school district are weighing a plan to close seven buildings, including two high schools, forcing relocation of 2,500 students.

The Columbus City Schools’ board plans a special meeting on the proposal Tuesday. A decision is expected around March.

A decision in favor of shuttering Brookhaven and Independence high schools would mark the first high school closures in the district in more than 30 years.

Lower schools proposed for closure are Monroe Middle School and Arlington Park, Fifth Avenue, Maybury and Siebert elementaries.

The Columbus Dispatch reports a memo obtained through a public records request did not contain a reason for the closures.

The district has said it needs to cut $50 million from next school year’s budget but money isn’t being cited as a reason.