Funding Follies: Where have my tax dollars gone?

The Olentangy Local School District Advocacy Committee will host two nights of district funding information that addresses where your tax dollars are going.  The presentation will be held twice at the following locations and dates: The first will be held at 7 p.m. October 13 in the Orange MS Library, a second presentation will be held at 7 p.m. October 16 in the Liberty Middle School Library.

  • Where do my school district taxes go?
  • Why doesn’t the state give our district its fair-share?
  • What is the district doing to keep more of my money in the Olentangy?
  • What can I do to advocate on behalf of the school district?

Regardless which night a community member attends, they should plan on an eye-opening presentation. It will be followed by a Q&A with the featured speakers, including:

  • Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D.
  • Treasurer Brian Kerns
  • School Board Member Julie Wagner Feasel

About the Olentangy School Advocacy Committee
The School Advocacy Committee’s dual purpose is to educate the Olentangy community about the issues facing the district with regard to state funding systems and to advocate for the Olentangy
student and taxpayer at local, state and federal levels. Click HERE to learn more and about the Call to Action Team working to urge lawmakers to support the long-awaited funding increase for the state’s fastest growing school district!

Promoting Equality and Reducing Prejudice in Childhood: The Role of Parents, Teachers, and the Community

killen_2Dr. Melanie Killen returns to the Olentangy Local School District to continue the dialogue on her research into social and moral reasoning among children. Dr. Killen is the director of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Training Program in Social Development at the University of Maryland. Her research on children’s racial attitudes was profiled at the NSF Highlights on Research by the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs. She was commissioned by Anderson Cooper to conduct a study on children’s racial bias for a set of stories aired on CNN in 2012. The program was awarded an Emmy.

This free presentation will be held at 7 p.m. October 7 at Orange High School, 2840 E. Orange Road.

The presentation is sponsored by the Olentangy Diversity Committee in collaboration with the Parent Programs Team. The focus of the Diversity Committee is to raise the awareness of, and provide skills for, every student, employee and member of our community to embrace, support and value the many ways in which we are different.

About the Olentangy Parents Programs Team 
The mission of the Parent Programs Team is to empower parents with information and skills critical to raising children in today’s world. The committee provides information through evening parent forums featuring experts in areas relevant to raising children. PPT is a collaborative group of district staff, community members and parents like you!

About the Olentangy Diversity Committee

This group began during the 2010-11 school year, with the help of more than seventy (70) families volunteering their time and expertise in the areas of diversity and inclusion.   Members serve on one 0f four sub-committees:  Curriculum& Training, Policies and Procedures, Recruitment & Retention, and Support for Families.  Please contact Heather Cole at if you are interested in joining this dedicated group of individuals.

Olentangy Earns Overall A Grade on State Report Card


For the 2013-2014 school year, the district earned a record-high 108.7 overall Performance Index (PI) score. The state average PI score for the 2013-2014 school year was 99.1.

Olentangy Local Schools has again led the way in academic achievement based on the results of the 2013-2014 Ohio School District Report Cards released September 12, 2014.

For the 2013-2014 school year, the district earned a record-high 108.7 overall Performance Index (PI) score. This places Olentangy in the top three school districts in central Ohio and in the top 4.2 percentage of the 610 public school districts statewide to earn all A’s and B’s.

“I am pleased with the results, and we will continue working toward meeting the goal of all A’s,” said Olentangy Local Schools Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D.

The release marks the second year under the state’s new evaluation system, which uses letter grades rather than terms ranging from Excellent to Academic Watch.

A PI ranking is a state calculation that measures overall academic performance based on the results of the Ohio Achievement Assessments and the Ohio Graduation Tests. The state average PI score for the 2013-2014 school year was 99.1.

The revamped report-card grading system is more complex than in the past. In addition to assigning a letter grade, the new reporting method raises the benchmark from 75 percent to 80 percent of a district’s students needing to score “proficient” or better to meet the 24 individual benchmarks. Olentangy has exceeded these levels, meeting 24 of the 24 indicators.

The district also performed well in the value-added categories (a measure of student academic growth within a single school year), and in the sub-group categories which include students with disabilities and students in the lowest 20 percent of the statewide achievement benchmarks. The Olentangy gifted-student population also showed growth in earning an A, up from the letter grade B earned last year.



Performance Index| | 108.7: A
Performance Indicators | 24 of 24: A Graduation Rate
4-Year Graduation Rate | 97.7 percent: A
5-Year Graduation Rate | 99.0 percent: A
Progress (Value Added)
All Students:  A
Gifted Students: A
Students with Disabilities (IEP and take the OAA): A
The Lowest 20% (distribution of statewide scores): A

Click HERE to download a copy of the the full 2013-2014 District Report Card.


* Annual Measurable Objectives (AMOs) measure the academic performance of specific groups of students, such as racial and demographic groups. Each of these groups is compared against the collective performance of all students statewide.

Olentangy Earns State Award for Excellent Record Keeping

IMG_5873Olentangy Treasurer Brian Kern has accepted the Auditor of State Award with Distinction in honor of the district’s excellent record keeping.

A representative with Ohio Auditor Dave Yost’s office presented Kern with the award during the September 11 board of education meeting. The award is presented to local governments and school districts upon completion of a financial audit.  Entities that receive the award must meet several criteria including incurring no findings for recovery, material citations or material weaknesses.

The state audits about 5,800 local governments and public schools every year and only about 5 percent receive the award. Olentangy has earned the award for two consecutive years, and seven times overall.

Instructional Technology Parent Night


Olentangy parents who would like to know more about the digital tools their children use, as well as the tools parents can use to keep informed about their child’s progress, are invited to attend an Instructional Technology Parent Night.

Being a parent of an Olentangy student in the digital age brings with it questions about Schoology, Google Drive, digital safety, and more. To help you understand the various digital programs used by students and parents, we will spend the evening sharing information and providing instruction on these various tools.

A separate Instructional Technology Parent Night will be held for elementary, middle and high school parents. Follow the link below to register.


          Olentangy High School Theater, September 18, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

          Olentangy High School Theater, September 11, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

         Olentangy High School Theater, September 17, 2014, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.