2013 Olentangy Customer Satisfaction Survey

In this community message, Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed.D., visits Alum Creek Elementary School where he discusses the results of the district’s 2013 Customer Satisfaction Survey.

Complete survey results can be found in the full report and presentation here:

Olentangy Local School District 2013 Survey Results

Olentangy LSD Survey Results Presentation

OlentangyGraph2 01A recent community satisfaction survey shows Delaware County residents grade the Olentangy Local School District’s (OLSD) quality of education, efforts to maintain a safe learning environment, and fiscal budgeting with high marks.

In partnership with Fallon Research & Communications, Inc., a public opinion research and polling firm, the district conducted a phone survey the week of October 6-10, 2013, from a representative sample of 400 randomly selected registered voters within the district’s attendance boundaries with a valid residential land or cellular telephone listing.  The survey pool was weighted to account for the region’s growing diversity including, but not limited to: age, gender, and ethnicity.

The survey is designed to assist the district in better understanding the values and priorities of its community members, as well as gauge how well the district is making progress toward overall goals and strategic priorities. The annual results, along with other key indicators, serve as an evaluation and decision-making tool for current and future initiatives.

During a recent presentation to the board of education, Paul Fallon, the founder of Fallon Research & Communications, Inc. shared, “residents have a very positive opinion of the district.” He added that “the exceedingly high numbers of positive responses are reflective of a high-performing district. “In addition, “these types of numbers come from the type of community that is pleased with its school system.” Of particular note, Fallon emphasized that a large number of respondents who currently do not have school-age children enrolled in the district gave equally favorably remarks.

“I have reviewed the results many times and I am thankful, even humbled, by this community’s overwhelming continued support,” said Olentangy Superintendent Wade Lucas, Ed. D.

Highlights from the survey include:

  • 46% of new residents moved to the area based on the quality of the schools, and 70% of this group are currently parents of school-age children.
  • 76% believe OLSD is headed in the right direction.
  • 69% are satisfied with OLSD and believe the district has done a good job in managing and spending tax dollars in an effective and responsible way.
  • 84% believe OLSD has done a good job to ensure safety and security of its students.
  • 77% believe OLSD does a good job in communicating with parents and the surrounding community. When asked the same question in 2010, the result was a 62% satisfaction rate.


Olentangy Schools, District, Earn Award for High Progress

SOAR 2013 OLHSThe Olentangy Local School District and two of its schools were recently recognized for achieving high progress.

On November 11, Battelle for Kids presented Olentangy High School and Shanahan Middle School with 2013 SOAR Awards for being “High Progress Schools.” The district also received a SOAR Award for being a “Significant Progress District.”

The annual awards are designed to acknowledge Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, Battelle for Kids’ school improvement collaborative, for their academic progress in multiple grade levels and subjects over the last school year (2012–2013). The awards are presented to districts and schools that are among the top of all participating SOAR districts and schools, based on district and school building composite index. As an award recipient, the Olentangy Local School District is among the top districts out of the 109 participating SOAR districts.

“It is an honor to recognize these schools and districts for their extraordinary progress with students,” said Jim Mahoney, executive director, Battelle for Kids. “The exceptional growth these educators have made with students is a testament to the hard work they’ve put forth to improve their schools and districts. The award recipients are to be applauded for their efforts to advance student learning.”

Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Richard A. Ross presented each school and district with their respective award. Dr. Jim Mahoney, Executive Director of Battelle for Kids and Dr. Bobby Moore, Senior Director at Battelle for Kids, offered congratulatory remarks.





Orange High School Theater Group Goes on the Road

The Olentangy Orange High School (OOHS) student thespians visited Orange Township Hall recently to entertain members of a local senior citizen group. The students performed a scene from their fall play, Arabian Nights, for members of the Olentangy Area Seniors  Nov. 13 during a visit to the hall, 1680 E. Orange Road. The actors brought scenes and costumes to perform an act from their play as entertainment for the senior group following their regular meeting and luncheon. Performances such as these allow students engaged in the dramatic and theatrical arts to connect to other disciplines and groups.

Pachyderm Keeper Visits Orange Middle School

A pachyderm keeper from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium made a presentation to seventh grade students at Olentangy Orange Middle School recently. Students learned about how humans effect animal ecosystems.  Zoo keeper Mindi Scott gave the students a real world connection from an expert.  She spoke about poaching and how it impacts animals in the various animal habitats around the planet.  She also brought artifacts from the zoo such as a rhinoceros horn, an elephant tusk and an elephant tooth and gave students suggestions for how they can help prevent poaching right here at home.




Olentangy Pays Tribute to Veterans

Students across Olentangy Local Schools honored past and present U.S. servicemen and women during Veterans Day activities held throughout the district.

At Shanahan Middle School, eighth-grade students participated in a Veterans Day celebration connected to an interdisciplinary project in their Social Studies and English classes. The students interviewed veterans to gain a better understanding and respect for the service they provided. Eacphotoh student then created a product that showcased the veteran’s journey. The projects were placed on display in the school gym and the participating veterans were then invited to the school to be honored during a Veterans Day celebratory breakfast. One hundred and twenty-one veterans attended the event, which featured music performed by the school’s choir and band as well as a moving keynote speech provided by General John C. Harris.  Veterans and students mingled as they explored the gallery of student projects on display.

Olentangy Liberty High School held a student assembly featuring guest speaker and U.S. Marine Sgt. Shane Parsons, an Iraqi war veteran who lost his legs and suffered a brain injury when the Humvee he was driving struck an improvised explosive device in 2006. Parsons’ visit was made possible by the Wounded Warrior Project, an organization founded aDSCF4037 decade ago to assist this generation’s wounded veterans. Parsons told of his experiences in the military and how the Wounded Warrior Project has helped him to recovery and begin to live a normal life. He is now an assistant football coach at his high school alma mater in northwest Ohio. He also is relearning how to read and he and his mother serve as spokespersons for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Olentangy Liberty High School’s (OLHS) DECA program has a history of supporting veterans issues by way of Honor Flight and the Wounded Warrior project. The DECA program has conducted numerous fundraising events since 2008 which have resulted in the OIentangy Liberty community contributing more than $40,000 to Honor Flight Columbus and $6,300 to the Wounded Warrior Project.

Orange Middle School’s annual Living History Day featured 90 veterans this year. The students shared breakfast with the veterans before recognizing their service to the country during an Honor Assembly. Organized by Orange Middle School teacher Nancy Poliseno, the assembly featured a flag folding ceremony, student poems and a remembrance table ceremony in recognition of POW and MIA soldiers. The students also heard from Executive Director of Academics Mark Raiff before theIMG_3776 assembly concluded with a recognition of veterans during which each veteran stood and declared which military branch they served in and when. Following the assembly, students gave gifts to the veterans and got the chance to talk with them about their lives and experience in various classrooms throughout the school.

Meanwhile, students at Cheshire Elementary School created posters honoring the veterans in their life. They were encouraged to include a photo or a drawing of a veteran they know and love. The school’s clinic aides spearheaded the activity and hung posters as a “Quilt of Honor” in the school’s main hallway.

Veterans Day activities were also held at other schools in the district, including at Olentangy Liberty Middle School, where students heard from a guest speaker from the military, and at Tyler Run Elementary School, where students presented veterans with a small gift they made.