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Thursday morning, Superintendent and CEO Dr. Dan Good announced his retirement from Columbus City Schools.

Dr. Good served as Superintendent for the district since 2013. When he took on the role, the district was engulfed by a data rigging scandal that caused previous superintendent Gene Harris to resign.

“I am so very proud of the work that’s been accomplished in this District, the families who’ve been better served in every neighborhood, the partnerships built with the private and non-profit sectors across our communities, and the empowerment and Spirit of Success that’s been instilled in our nearly 52,000 students that will last far beyond today,” said Good at the press conference.

What happened during Dr. Good’s time with the district?

Dr. Good’s impact on the school district is evident. According to Columbus City Schools, his leadership has lead to several improvements and accomplishments, including:

  • increased access to high quality pre-Kindergarten experiences by 22%.
  • initiated a district-wide and community-wide all-hands-in effort on primary reading, which more than doubled the percentage of 3rd graders promotable to 4th grade four years in a row.
    better served more students with Limited English Proficiency and Special Needs than any other district in the region.

  • eliminated the achievement gaps between students groups in 26 of our schools.
    took the historic step to offer both breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge, recognizing that lack of steady access to nutritional meals should never be a barrier to learning.

  • opened the District’s first Gifted Academy for students with superior cognitive skills and talent.
  • transformed career tech with the help of local business and labor so more students graduate with in-demand career skills and often jobs in hand.
  • helped a growing number of graduates afford to go to college, with the Class of 2017 earning a record-breaking $72 million in scholarships and grants.
  • provided a greater return on our taxpayers’ investments by reducing administrative overhead, trimming its budget by $50 million in one year, closing under-utilized schools and selling unneeded properties, and launching a much-needed $125-million bond-supported infrastructure repair program to address years of deferred maintenance.
  • implemented digital and physical data review systems to provide constant updates on vital compliance measurements for enrollment, attendance and academic measures, further ensuring the fidelity and accuracy of student-related data.
  • “Knowing that so much has been accomplished and our District is back on a sustainable positive trajectory with the right people and processes firmly in place, I have felt a sense of peacefulness about starting another journey I put on hold fifty months ago,” said Dr. Good.

    “I purposely chose to wait until December so our District can stay focused on starting this new school year strong and so I can work closely with our Board of Education to ensure an easy transition.”

    Good said that he plans to take time for himself with his retirement, visiting family in Alaska and perhaps taking his mother on a cruise for her birthday.

    Previously, Dr. Good served as Superintendent for Westerville City Schools and Wooster City Schools. Dr. Good earned his Doctorate of Philosophy Degree in Education Theory and Practice from The Ohio State University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early and Middle Childhood Education from The Ohio State University.

    So what happens next?

    The school board announced they have not yet set a process or timetable for a replacement or interim superintendent, but that community feedback will be vital to the decision.

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