Columbus Schools Superintendent Gives Update Following 2020 Referendum

(Columbus) The Columbus schools superintendent recently provided an update on what the district has being doing following the passage of a referendum in 2020. Voters approved the $30-million-dollar question that focused on elementary capacity, aging infrastructure, upgrades to the high school, and the acquisition of land for future development. Superintendent Jacob Flood gave a summary of what the funds were used for.

“About $18.5-million was put into the elementary [school], $9.5-million into the high school, and $1-million for updates in the middle school,” says Flood.    

Flood says, more importantly, there’s also $1-million-dollars for purchasing land for future use. During a recent Community Comment, Flood said he wants the purchase to works for both the district and the city.

“I think that ties into that last part of the conversation is being sure something that works well for everyone involved,” Flood says. “As I look at it, you know, you have that million dollars in your pocket and it would be easy for it to be burning a hole in your pocket and wanting to go spend it right away. We want to be very pragmatic with our decision.”  

Flood says he wants to make sure that there is plenty of thought put into what the land will be used for and not just buy any piece of property.