Columbus City Schools, City Officials Form Group To Push Schools Toward Better Performance

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Mayor Michael Coleman, City Council, and the Columbus City School District have put 15 people on a group that's looking to improve the city's schools.

The members of the High Performing Schools Working Group were named on Wednesday.

The group has the task of examining, deliberating and recommending steps to expand high-performing schools in the Columbus district, according to a news release.

The group will be made up of:

- Co-chair Anthony Gatto, principal, Arts and College Preparatory Academy  
- Co-chair Keisha J. Jenkins, external affairs director, Mayor Coleman's Office
- Co-chair Darryl Sanders, senior executive director of academic services, Columbus City Schools
- Jessica Bennett, chair, Southside STAY
- Lois Carson, president, Columbus School Employees Association
- Paige Chapman-Layland, parent of Graham Primary School student
- Angela Daniels, parent of three KIPP students
- Celeste Ferguson, teacher, Columbus Collegiate Academy Charter School
- Jennifer LaPlace, teacher, Centennial High School
- Rhonda Johnson, president, Columbus Education Association
- Laura Lembo Kraus, Associate Director for Economic Access, Ohio State University
- Karen Morrison, senior vice president of external affairs, Ohio Health
- Bryan O. Steward, Board of Education member, Columbus City Schools
- Shannon Taylor, PTA member, Eastmoor Academy
- Bishop Donald J. Washington, senior pastor, Mount Hermon Missionary Baptist Church  

"All students in Columbus deserve the opportunity to realize their potential and have access to high-quality schools that adhere to appropriate standards for academic performance, school culture and environment, community participation, and  governance and accountability policies," Columbus City Schools Interim Superintendent Dan Good said in the release.