Olentangy for Kids is a grassroots group of Olentangy residents dedicated to educating the community about upcoming school ballot issues. Our goal is to provide the voters of Olentangy with the facts surrounding the upcoming ballot issue so that they can make an informed decision at the polls. We are completely funded by private donations and rely on community support through our network of volunteers.
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It may surprise you that new construction DOES NOT cover the school operating costs associated with the many students that come with new housing developments. The OLSD Facilities Committee projects enrollment will increase by more than 5,200 students during the next 10 years. It costs the district $11,007 to educate each student, yet taxes from new housing construction do not come close to cover the costs of educating them!
The Facilities Committee projects that without these additional school buildings, Olentangy would have on average 5 extra students in EVERY elementary school classroom and 6 extra students in EVERY middle school classroom within ten years.
Since the 2016 school issue, Olentangy has added more than 2,400 students to the district.
When compared on a per-pupil basis, not only does Olentangy receive far less in state funding than the average public school district, it receives less than half of the $1,376 in per-pupil state funding that private schools receive.