If this levy fails, we wake up to a very different Olentangy - we absolutely cannot maintain the quality of our school district without the passage of this issue - Mark T. Raiff, Superintendent
15 elementary and 5 middle school buildings that will not have enough classroom space within the next few years.
1st new elementary will open August 2021; 2nd new elementary and new middle school will open August 2023. Current class sizes should be maintained.
Increasing class sizes by 5-6 students across all grade levels because hiring teachers will not keep up with growth.
The district may need to enact short-term redistricting as K-8 runs out of classrooms, including sending some elementary or middle schoolers to the high schools.
Academic excellence which includes robust high school electives, AP courses and gifted services.
Academic excellence and robust offerings continue. Gifted services continue.
Significant reduction in academic programs at high schools, including electives, which are likely to result in a shortened school day. Gifted services K-12 at risk for reduction or elimination.
Robust opportunities in high school and middle school extracurricular activities.
Continued extracurricular opportunities at high schools and middle schools.
Elimination of middle school extracurriculars including all sports. Reductions in high school extracurriculars.
Additional buses are needed to keep up with growth.
Buses needed due to growth can be purchased.
Nearly half of all current bus riders will lose bus service when state minimums are applied.
Playgrounds that do not meet current ADA compliance.
All children will be able to play on their playgrounds; improved safety with soft surfaces replacing gravel.
No improved safety or access on playgrounds.
8 of the 25 buildings currently have entrances that meet best safety practices.
All school buildings will have best safety practices and standards met for secure entrances.
School buildings will not have upgraded security at entrances.
These are the realities the district will face if additional funding from this levy is not approved. It would be unfair to us if the district didn't share what's at stake if this levy were to fail.
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.
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!
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.