By Shannon Gilchrist
The Columbus Dispatch • Sunday September 20, 2015 6:20 AM
Two staircases and three hallways converge in front of the library in Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell. A few stragglers wander through during class time, but within a half-minute of the bells signaling the class-period change, the heart of Liberty teems with students.
“You see this group right here?” Liberty Principal Bill Warfield said, pointing to a knot of chatting students interrupting the flow. “I normally would’ve broken that up by now.”
According to Department of Education enrollment data for 2013-14, the most-recent statewide numbers available, Olentangy had nosed its way into being the seventh-largest school district in Ohio. In fact, central Ohio now is home to four of the 10 largest districts in the state — Columbus, South-Western, Olentangy and Hilliard. Coming in at 11th and 12th are Westerville and Dublin schools, respectively.