Redistricting Process began in Fall 2016
preparation for the opening of the
Olentangy Local School District’s fourth high school in fall 2018, the
District conducted a redistricting effort to address the needs created
opening the new high school, including addressing building feeder and
All attendance boundaries for the entire
district, K-12, were considered in this process, as the Board of Education
Redistricting Guidelines Resolution was used to direct the Attendance Boundaries committee’s decision
making and recommendations.
It was the Superintendent’s responsibility to
ultimately make attendance boundary decisions. A Superintendent’s committee,
the Attendance Boundaries Committee, was formed to examine data,
information and feedback from the community in order to make an informed
recommendation to the Superintendent.
The District appointed an approximately
50-person committee with members with previous experience, an
equal representation of all 24 buildings and all grade levels. This allowed
for a representative but manageable group.
The committee met monthly from October
2016 to March 2017. This
committee made a recommendation to the Superintendent and his decision was made Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- Senior class
of 2019 will not be moved from their current school
- Does this
mean I may have a senior in one school and a sophomore in another high school?
- When will
the decision go into effect? By the fall of 2018. Some components may be phased
in. The committee will make a recommendation. Final decision will be known
- How long
will these redistricting decisions “last”?
Because our population grows in pockets and not evenly across the
district, we will continue to need to examine our enrollment growth and
population by building periodically. It’s unlikely we will be doing this large
of a redistricting effort in the near future, however, it is possible we will
make small adjustments every few years. However, the goal is for it to last as
long as possible.
- Is there a
pre-determined “line” dividing the district? No, there is not a line dividing
the district. Over 25 years ago, there
was a line that more or less divided the district in half. However, as we’ve
grown as a community and a district, a simple line down the middle or two lines
dividing the district in thirds is not feasible and does not exist. Our
district and area has grown exponentially, traffic has increased, population
has increased. There is no simple way to draw attendance boundary lines
arbitrarily. Instead boundaries are determined taking multiple complex factors
- How will
parents learn of new attendance boundaries? The district will make an
announcement after the Superintendent makes his decision. The announcement will
be shared via multiple communication tools: listserves, website and social media.
- What is my
recourse, if any, if I do not want my child to go to the school where they’ve
been redistricted? Olentangy Local School District does have an
intra-district transfer process. A parent/guardian may request their child
attend another school than assigned. If accepted, the intra-district transfer
is good for one year K-8, and the parent/guardian must provide their own
transportation to and from school. An intra-district transfer at the HS level
also requires transportation be provided by the family. The decision would be
good for all years attending HS.
- Is this
redistricting effort only impacting the high school level? No. While we are
opening a new high school and do need to populate it with students, we also
will examine enrollment and feeder patterns at all buildings/all grade levels.
- Why did you
redistrict last year, if we are doing it all over again now? Last year, we addressed some immediate needs
the district had at specific buildings that were significantly overcrowded
(Shanahan Middle School, Olentangy Meadows Elementary, Cheshire Elementary). This alleviated a problem that could not wait until fall
2018. This effort is much more comprehensive and addresses enrollment patterns
and feeder patterns at all grade levels and all buildings.
- Where do we
direct our questions if we have them during the process? Krista Davis, Director of Communications, email address: email@example.com