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OPINION: Olentangy's success is due to voter support

Written by Julie Wagner Feasel, member of the Olentangy Board of Education on .

The Olentangy Local School District has a great story to tell. It is one of the best multi-high school districts not only in Ohio, but also in the nation. Our students are recognized for their performances not only in the classroom, but on the field, in the gym, on the stage, in the community, on the mat, in the pool, on teams and individually. Not a day goes by when are students aren’t accomplishing greatness.
 
Olentangy is a destination community and many people want to be a part of it. We have been the fastest growing school district in the state for the last 15 years – adding 18 new school buildings during that time to accommodate growth. These buildings have been built and been in operation because our voters have said “Yes, I support our schools” for which I am most grateful.
 
The district has been very prudent with the money our voters have approved in the past as the district spends less per pupil than the state’s average and our similar district’s average. The last operating levy was supposed to last three years, but due to the enactment of financial efficiencies, the district has stretched that promise to five years. 
 
On March 15, the Olentangy Local School District is asking for additional funding for operating expenses, permanent improvements and a fourth high school. The money is needed to accommodate growth and to continue our existing programs. As a taxpayer with children no longer in the district, I only need to look at the success of my own daughters who are now a school teacher and a Dean’s List college junior, to know that my return on investment in our school district is well worth it. I want all Olentangy students to have the opportunities that my daughters had.
 
Therefore, I’m asking you to join me and my husband, a former Olentangy student, by voting YES for our schools on or before March 15, 2016.
 
Thank you,
Julie Wagner Feasel, resident Lewis Center
School Board member 2006 to present

OPINION: Sustain high achievement with Yes vote

Written by Dave King, member of the Olentangy Board of Education on .

Olentangy Local Schools is asking the Olentangy community for continued support of our acknowledged excellence in academics, extra-curricular opportunities and fiscal management.
 
The combined levy and no-new-millage bond request on March 15 allows for continued accommodation of long-term population growth, technology advancement, maintenance of 25 facilities, and, most importantly, sustaining our high achievement in academics and opportunities for every student.
 
I have lived in the district for decades and have volunteered with people over the years who are dedicated to the success of Olentangy. I am so very appreciative of all their efforts.
 
Please vote yes on March 15 for the benefit of the Olentangy community. Together we can ensure Olentangy remains the excellent district it is today.
 
Dave King
Olentangy resident and School Board member

OPINION: Continue the support

Written by Teri Uehlein, Powell resident on .

My family will be voting YES on our upcoming Olentangy school issue!  
 
This district has done a fantastic job with my children.  My oldest is a sophomore in Farmer School of Business at Miami University.  He is doing superb there because of his Olentangy education.  My middle son, a senior at Liberty High School, has been accepted to The Ohio State University Fisher School of Business and into their scholars program.  My youngest son is still a sophomore at Liberty.  
 
Our AP choices at the high school level are beyond any opportunities you could ask for.  This district offers 22 AP courses!  The academic support my boys received has been amazing. Our teachers put in significant amounts of time,  energy, and individualized attention to be sure our children thrive in the classroom.  The academic rigor has made my boys excel.  
 
My boys have had the best of the best in academics, administrative, and counseling to be sure they are on track for where they wish to go after HS.  Although my children have almost completed their education here; I will continue to support the district by voting YES!  
 
Regards,
Teri Uehlein

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