Counselors, Social Workers Remain Available For Olentangy Families

In light of the recent events at Arrowhead Elementary School, the district will have an ongoing counselor presence available while school is in session. In addition, the district has arranged for licensed social workers to be available at the District Administrative Offices next week. There is no cost for this service.
The schedule for the social workers will be:

Tuesday, March 31 – 10:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1 – Noon – 4:00 p.m.

The District Administrative Office is located at 814 Shanahan. We strongly encourage that you call ahead to reserve a time. Please phone the district office at 740-657-4050.

Resources For Talking To Children About Sensitive Topics

Olentangy Families,

As we continue to work toward healing, I want to share a list of resources that you may find helpful in talking with children about the sensitive topic of sexual misconduct.

Elementary Book List

The following books span a variety of topics, including safe touch, stress/worry, and crisis. Parents are encouraged to look up descriptions online in order to ensure books meet the needs of their children. Several of these books are available at your local Delaware County District Library branch.

  • Kid Trapper by Julia Cook
  • The Ant Hill Disaster by Julia Cook
  • Wilma Jean the Worry Machine by Julia Cook
  • I Can Play it Safe by Alison Feigh
  • I Said No! by Zack and Kimberly King
  • Uncle Willy’s Tickles: A Child’s Right to Say No by Marcie Aboff
  • Do You Have a Secret? How to Get Help for Scary Secrets by Pamela Russell/Beth Stone
  • My Body Belongs to Me: From my Head to my Toes by pro Familia
  • Miles is the Boss of His Body by Samantha Kurtzman-Counter and Abbie Schiller
  • Your Body Belongs to You by Carnelia Spelman
  • The Berenstein Bears Learn about Strangers by Stan and Jan Berenstain
  • My Body is Mine My Feelings Are Mine by Susan Hoke, LCSW, ACSW
  • The Right Touch by Sandy Kleven

Helpful Websites

Helpful Documents

Local Resources

  • Central Ohio Mental Health: (614) 396-5665 (Powell office)
  • Delaware County Job and Family Services 740-833-2340: (740) 833-2340
  • Helpline: 211 or (800) 684-2324
  • The Child Advocacy Center (The Center for Family Safety and Healing): (614) 722-8200
  • The Center for Family Safety and Healing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital: http://www.nationwidechildrens.org/tcfsh or call (614) 722-8200.

I hope you find these resources helpful as we work through this difficult time.

Wade Lucas

 

 

An Update From Superintendent Dr. Lucas, March 26, 2015

We were informed this morning that a Delaware County grand jury has issued an indictment against former Arrowhead Elementary School teacher Matthew Rausenberg.

The indictment is the formal charge that initiates the court proceedings in the case. Because the judicial system has taken over, we will focus our future communications on resources available to help our students, families, and staff.

Counselors remain available at the schools. In addition, we will have licensed social workers available at the District Administrative Office over spring break week. Details regarding this additional counseling will be sent out shortly.

The Prosecutor has requested that all questions related to this investigation be directed to the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, Detective Jason Campbell, at (740) 833-2837.

Wade Lucas

School Board Accepts Resignation Of Suspended Teacher, Calls For Lifetime Ban On Teaching

 After the Olentangy Schools Board of Education announced its strong intent to swiftly seek the termination of suspended teacher Matthew Rausenberg, he submitted his letter of resignation. The board accepted the resignation during a special meeting Tuesday, March 24.
Board President Kevin O’Brien set out several reasons why the board took this action:
  • He will not be able to cross-examine children at his termination hearing.
  • The school district will avoid a protracted legal process that could last years and involve parents, students, teachers and administrators.
  • This action would be the fastest way to completely separate him from Olentangy Schools.
  • Following the acceptance of his resignation, the Board would direct the Superintendent to write a letter to the Ohio Department of Education, asking them to expedite this teacher’s license revocation and to ban him from teaching for life.
  • Following the acceptance of his resignation, the Board would direct the Superintendent to issue an order that will ban Matthew Rausenberg for life from setting foot on any Olentangy School property or attending Olentangy School events.
  • And, by accepting this resignation, there would be no benefit – economic or otherwise — to him.

“By accepting this resignation, our intent would be to completely separate Matthew Rausenberg from the Olentangy Local School District from this day forward,” O’Brien said.

Special Board Meetings Set For March 24, 25

The Olentangy Local School District Board of Education will hold special meetings at 6 p.m Tuesday, March 24, and at 6 p.m. Wednesday March 25 at the Olentangy Administrative Office, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Ohio, in the Board of Education Conference Room. The purpose of the March 24th meeting is to consider the employment of a public employee. The purpose of the March 25th meeting is to select a search firm to seek qualified superintendent candidates.