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Board authorizes land sale

The Columbus State Community College Board of Trustees today authorized the potential sale of Bridgeview Golf Course and Driving Range to KIPP Central Ohio, a charter school organization that advances K-12 educational opportunities with a primary focus on college readiness.

The 123.5-acre Bridgeview site at 2727 and 2738 Agler Road was donated to Columbus State through a trust agreement in 2000. The college has operated Bridgeview as a public golf course and driving range and has offered golf and other classes at the site.

"The changing financial landscape of higher education compels us to focus our resources on our core mission of helping students achieve their goals and addressing the region's workforce needs," said Columbus State President David Harrison. "This arrangement will help children and families, will bolster the surrounding community, and will enable us to better align our resources with our priorities."

KIPP, the Knowledge Is Power Program, is a national network of free, open-enrollment, college-preparatory public schools with a track record of preparing students in under-served communities for success in college and in life. There are currently 125 KIPP schools in 20 states and the District of Columbia serving more than 39,000 students.

"We are thrilled about the opportunity to serve more children in Columbus and provide an educational experience that will ensure more young people in our community make it to and through college. We look forward to working with the community to collectively build a better tomorrow for our children and families through expanded partnerships, services, and educational offerings," said Hannah Powell, Executive Director of KIPP Central Ohio.

Columbus State will continue to operate its golf course and driving range until further notice.

Media Contacts:

Will Kopp, Columbus State Community College, 614.287.2412
Hannah Powell, KIPP: Central Ohio, 614.517.0949

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