Redistricting Guidelines Resolution

WHEREAS, A strong sense of community is essential to a successful school district and successful students;

WHEREAS, The Board of Education of the Olentangy Local School District recognizes that a district of 110 square miles faces a great challenge when working to promote a strong sense of community;

WHEREAS, The Board believes that all children deserve the same educational opportunities;

WHEREAS, The Board believes that the district is more than political, governmental, or geographical boundaries and directional lines on a map;

WHEREAS, The Board believes that a common district-wide Olentangy School experience would bond our expansive district and foster a strong sense of community;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, The Board of Education of the Olentangy School District commits to ensuring that the sense of the Olentangy community will be strengthened and secured. To achieve this end, the Board will strive to assure that, as often as possible, students are assigned to buildings based on the following principles:

For High School Buildings:

As a general rule, the high school boundaries will be defined by four geographical quadrants.

Each building should house approximately the same number of students, after taking into consideration any differences in the size of individual facilities.

Attendance areas (and consequently buildings) should not be defined by or associated or aligned with political, governmental or geographical boundaries.

Once determined after consideration of projected growth, high school attendance areas should remain intact, except to adjust for grossly disparate student populations or for the opening of additional buildings.

Safety, convenience and efficiency of transportation, as well as student travel times and current population patterns, should be considered in assigning students to high schools.

For Middle Grade School Buildings:

As a general rule, the middle grade boundaries will be defined by the drawn redistricting attendance areas.

Each building should house approximately the same number of students after taking into consideration any projected growth or differences in the size of individual facilities.

Attendance areas (and consequently buildings) should not be defined by or associated or aligned with political, governmental or geographical boundaries.

High school building attendance areas should be a factor in establishing middle grade school attendance areas as much as possible.

Safety, convenience and efficiency of transportation, as well as student travel times, and current population patterns, should be considered in assigning students to middle grade schools.

For Elementary School Buildings:

As a general rule, the district will attempt to assign students to attend the building geographically closest to their home.

Each building should house approximately the same number of students after taking into consideration any differences in the size of individual facilities.

Safety, convenience and efficiency of transportation, as well as student travel times, and current population patterns, should be considered in assigning students to elementary schools.

Attendance areas (and consequently buildings) should not be defined by or associated or aligned with political, governmental or geographical boundaries.

Middle school building attendance areas should be a factor in establishing elementary school attendance areas as much as possible.

RESOLVED, The Board will strive to locate future school sites that support the preceding principles.

RESOLVED, The Board instructs the superintendent of schools of the Olentangy Local School District to adopt plans, procedures, rules and regulations that support the above principles.

[Adoption date: May 24, 2005]