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Call to Action! Potential state funding increase for Olentangy

Written by ONE Olentangy on .

An amendment to HB 487 has been proposed by Sen. Jim Hughes, which has the potential to increase Olentangy’s state funding by $10 million. 

Olentangy School Board’s School Advocacy Committee urges residents who are able to show support by attending the Senate Education Committee hearing tomorrow, May 8th, at 10am in the South Hearing Room of the Ohio Statehouse. 

Olentangy’s superintendent Dr. Wade Lucas has been working with Sen. Hughes, who represents parts of Dublin and Hilliard, on an amendment to the Mid-Biennial Review bill that would include increased funding for suburban schools. Regarding his work with Sen. Hughes, Lucas said, “Although he does not represent our school district area, Sen. Hughes is better apprised of the inequity of the current system and its effect on suburban districts such as Olentangy.”

Olentangy school board member Julie Feasel explains, “Currently the way school funding works, chartered non-public schools get $1,089 per pupil from the state plus $5,750 per pupil from the public school the student is coming from. What the amendment is asking is that for every public school to get at least $1,089 per pupil from the state which is what the charters get.”

Lucas added, “Olentangy currently receives approximately $400 per student from the state. Working with Rep. Brenner and Sen. Hughes on the current legislation, this amount could increase our state funding to over $1,000 per student – a $10 million increase per year. OLSD has made $33 million in expenditure reductions over the past five years (both in one-time and ongoing cuts). These reductions are significant, but in order to give our residents some real tax relief, the better option is to work with our legislators to develop a fairer funding system for our school district.” 

Holly Hanson, chair of Olentangy’s School Advocacy Committee, stated, “We need your presence at the Statehouse! It is so important that the members see us in large numbers and that we mean business!”

Olentangy residents who would like to attend the hearing at the Statehouse on Thursday, May 8 at 10am to show support for this amendment should contact Hanson directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Readers who are unable to attend but would like to show support for the amendment are encouraged to email members of the Senate Education Committee.  Contact information is below.

 

Senate Education Committee members: 

Chair Sen. Peggy Lehner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Vice Chair Sen. Cliff Hite (former educator) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Sen. Troy Balderson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Sen. Bill Beagle This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Sen. Bill Coley This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Sen. Randy Gardner (former educator) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Sen. Gayle Manning This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Ranking Minority Member Sen. Tom Sawyer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Sen. Eric Kearney This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Nina Turner This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

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