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Students at the International School of Columbus will start classes at the school’s former location, and they will have a shorter school year than planned.
Head of School Jonah Sims said remodeling has progressed more slowly than he anticipated at 51 N. Brooks St., where a former church is being converted into the school.
Last week, Sims and the charter school’s board of directors postponed the opening of the new school year from Aug. 1 to Aug. 19, giving them time to decide what to do next.
They concluded this week that they should temporarily open the International School in its old location in the Fashion Shop Center at 3136 N. National Road. That will require moving desks, electronic whiteboards and teaching materials back there next week.
Sims said everything else that already has been moved to the new location, such as lab equipment and library books, will be brought to the old location as the students need them.
“Teachers are planning for the entire semester, and they know what they need and when,” he said. “It should run smoothly.”
Sims would not speculate about when the new location might be ready but said it would be as soon as possible.
Workers at the former Ridge Church, the future site of the school, have been working through a long list of repairs that includes fire and emergency upgrades and bringing the building up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards. The school
cannot open there until those repairs are finished and the school earns the proper
The move will nearly triple the International School’s space, from 13,000 square feet at the old location to more than 35,000 square feet at the new location, with two
Regardless of when the final move happens, school officials and board members already have adjusted the school calendar to absorb most of the nearly three weeks of missed classes.
Sims said the International School originally planned to start the school year Aug. 1, which was before Bartholomew Consolidated School Corp.’s start date of Monday.
That provided a cushion up front. But the school also will use snow days as makeup days and has an ongoing cushion through the year, given its original plan for 188 school days.
That’s eight days longer than the 180 days required by the state. The International School still will be left with 184 days.
“We don’t want to get into spring and fall break,” Sims said. “Our students plan vacations, and we respect that.”
Founded four years ago at its North National Road location, the International School grew from a charter from Ball State University and first opened in August 2009.
The school started for Grades 7 to 9 but has grown to include Grades 10 to 12. Its first class of seniors graduated in May. Nearly 150 students are enrolled for the new school year.
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