COLUMBUS — The Columbus Unified School District board of education met Tuesday night and voted to a $500 donation for Cross-Country from Doug Eaton former CUHS alumnus.

It was also the consensus of the board to initiate input from the community regarding facility needs of the district.

The school principals and technology facilitator reported on the start of the new school year. Topics included student enrollment, teacher training on testing procedures, Multi-Tiered Support System (MTSS), curriculum development, athletic league changes, lunch program changes, technology, and facility issues at each building.

Superintendent David Carriger reported briefly on the ESEA Flexibility Waiver (Elementary and Secondary Education Act). To receive the waiver, the State Board submitted a plan with three main components: 1) Adopt common core standards and new student assessments in reading and math, 2) Establish new performance targets for improving student achievement, and 3) teacher and principal evaluation and support with a focus on student achievement. The waiver includes a fourth principle – reducing duplicating and unnecessary burdens – that will require changes in selected state statutes. Details and

recommendations are under development.

In other business, the board:

• Voted to approve the USD 493Activity Pass Policies as presented, and:

• Voted to hire Patricia Jarrett as Special Education Driver.