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OPINION: Time for us to step up

Written by Emily Truitt Robinson, Lewis Center resident on .

I am writing this letter in support of the March 15 Olentangy ballot issue, and I’m asking for your support.
I am an Olentangy graduate, resident and parent.  As a current board member on two school PTOs and an Olentangy Education Foundation trustee and volunteer, I see first hand the strengths of our schools.  I also witness the over-crowding, long bus routes, increasing class sizes, classrooms in ‘non-classroom’ intended areas, shared teacher work areas and lunch lines too long for the time available.  I greatly appreciate the lengths the district has gone to reduce spending, overhead and advocate for fair state funding.  But now it’s time for us to step up and support our schools to avoid negatively impacting the educational experience in the classroom.
By voting ‘yes’ March 15th, you will support 3 equally important parts; building to relieve overcrowding, funds for day-to-day operations, such as paying our incredible teaching staff, and permanent improvements to the 25 aging buildings.
Olentangy schools are the reason many of us moved here and remain in this area.  With our very high performance and below state-average costs per pupil, families are guaranteed the most for our children at a great value.  Please fulfill your civic duty and responsibility to our students and our community by voting YES March 15th for our school district.
Emily Truitt Robinson

OPINION: Levy is a necessity

Written by Mindy Patrick, member of the Olentangy Board of Education on .

I wanted to take this opportunity to discuss the Olentangy Local School District upcoming Levy on the March 15th ballot. 
This past November I was elected to the Board of Education with an overwhelming show of support from the Olentangy community, for which I am so humbled and honored to serve. During my campaign I was very forth coming regarding my position on a fourth high school; there is an immediate need and it is the only viable option that maximizes fiscal responsibility and academic/non-academic opportunities for our students short and long-term. That being said, I want to emphasize this levy is more than voting on a 4th high school.
Voting “Yes” on the March 15th  will allow us build a 4th high school and address overcrowding  but more importantly it will allow us to continue the services we currently offer, maintain our current building, update technology, purchase much needed buses,  and increase our staff to accommodate growth. We are coming to the voters due to the lack of state funding. We will continue to lobby for fair funding but until we can achieve that goal the state puts the burden  on us, the taxpayers. If taxpayers want the same high quality education, this levy is a necessity. We are the best educational value in central Ohio; please help us continue educational excellence!
On March 15, please join me in supporting our schools.  Vote “YES”.
Mindy Patrick, OLSD Board of Education 

2014-15 Performance Index

Written by ONE Olentangy on .

The Ohio Department of Education (ODE) has released Performance Index data for the 2014-15 school year. Olentangy is ranked first in Central Ohio and is ranked eleventh in the state for Performance Index overall from twenty-sixth last year.

ODE officials have stated that they are required to include all student test scores in the Performance Index score, including students who opted out of the test. This means that those students who opted out are counted as zeroes. Due to concerns about reflecting accurate achievement, ODE has released a second Performance Index this year that is modified to include only those students who actually took the tests.
In addition, Olentangy is ranked first in the state for highest value-added  gain index for all students, gifted students and students with disabilities.

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