Enrollment growth was a major point of discussion for Olentangy school board members at last evening’s board retreat. There is continuing overcrowding at several buildings, and significant overcrowding at Olentangy Meadows Elementary, Shanahan Middle School, and Liberty High School. According to district administrators, there are some short-term fixes that may be enacted, but the larger issue that must be addressed is the current and anticipated enrollment growth at all three Olentangy high schools.
Olentangy voters will elect three individuals to the Board of Education. There are six candidates running for those three seats on the Olentangy School Board on Nov. 3. Here is a brief summary of the candidates based on information they provided to ONE Olentangy. (Responses were edited in some cases in an attempt to provide equal space to all candidates.) Candidates are profiled alphabetically.
The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) recently released district profile reports, also known as Cupp reports, for fiscal year 2014 (FY14), which is the 2013-14 school year. These reports include cost per pupil data. Olentangy’s cost per pupil has increased by $195, from $9,403 in FY13 (the 2012-13 school year) to $9,598 in FY14. Also, average teacher salary in the district has increased from $62,777 to $63,307, an increase of $530, during that same time period.