Olentangy BOE receives redistricting update

By Brandon Klein - [email protected]

The Olentangy Local School district is made up of six townships and four cities.

But it’s “1 excellent district,” said Julie Feasel, Olentangy school board member, on her Facebook page.

Feasel’s comments come after Thursday night’s school board meeting, which included an update on the Attendance Boundaries Committee.

The group has met three times since October with three more meetings ahead on the schedule, said Communications Director Krista Davis.

There are also three forums for community input on Jan. 30, Feb. 6 and Feb. 13 with one each at an existing high school, she added.

The district has attempted to address parents and students concerns that have been expressed on various social media platforms or through email. Davis and Superintendent Mark Raiff had review prior files from redistricting carried out in the early 2000s.

Davis said concerns then nearly matched concerns being heard now such as transportation, disrupting feeder patterns from elementary to middle school and switching students during their high school career.

“We just want to reassure everyone that the committee’s work is ongoing and the committee members and the superintendent do have the best interest of all of the students in mind. We have redrawn attendance lines many times in the past and it really does work out,” Feasel stated.

In other business, the board approved $133,910 in water tap fees from Del-Co Water Co. for Berlin High School, which includes a 3-inch meter and two 6-inch fire lines for the main building and a 2-inch meter for the football stadium.

Construction of the fourth high school, located along Berlin Station Road, east of Gregory Road in Berlin Township, is expected to be completed during the summer of 2018, before its opening at the start of the 2018-2019 school year.

The board approved a $166,200-purchase of security cameras for Liberty and Orange high schools, Hyatts, Orange and Liberty middle schools and 12 elementary schools along with two bus garages.

Also, the board made a visit to the Shanahan Middle School, 814 Shanahan Road, cafeteria to hear the Liberty Middle School choir perform patriotic and holiday songs.

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By Brandon Klein

[email protected]

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.

Brandon Klein can be reached at 740-413-0904 or on Twitter at @brandoneklein.