Upcoming Board of Education Meetings

Listed below are upcoming meetings of the Olentangy Board of Education:

Meeting Name Date/Time Location
Executive Session to discuss personnel issue Wednesday, May 27, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Conference Room C
Meeting to review superintendent applications Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center Conference Room D
First Round Superintendent Interviews Monday, June 8 and/or Tuesday, June 9, 2015Schedule and start time TBD based on number of interviewees District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Conference Room C, 2nd floor
Second Round Superintendent Interviews Wednesday, June 17, 2015Schedule and start time TBD based on number of interviewees District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Conference Room C, 2nd floor
 Business Session Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 6 p.m.  District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Conference Room A & B
 Business Session Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 6 p.m.  District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Conference Room A & B
Business Session Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6 p.m.  District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Conference Room A & B
 Retreat Tuesday, August 18, 2015 at 6 p.m.  District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Conference Room A & B
Business Session Thursday, August 20, 2015 at 6 p.m.  District Administrative Offices, 814 Shanahan Road, Lewis Center, Conference Room A & B

 

Community Input Sought For Superintendent Search

The Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education has contracted with the Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) to assist it with its search for a new superintendent.

OLSlogo colorIn an effort to make the best possible selection, the board has included in the search process a time for its consultant, Cheryl Ryan, to meet with administrators, staff, and support group, committee and community members in a series of meetings intended to help develop a profile for the district’s next leader. Feedback from these focus groups will greatly inform the board’s work as it identifies common themes and interests related to the superintendent position.

Information from these meetings will be very helpful when applicants are reviewed and interviewed as the board of education searches for the perfect fit.

The conversations will take place during several sessions, each designated for a different audience, and will focus on three areas:

    • Major issues facing the district for the next three to five years;
    • Performance expectations for the next superintendent; and
    • Personal and professional qualities to be sought in the next superintendent.

You are a valued participant and stakeholder in our school district and community. Your participation in this process is important to us. Please consider attending a meeting for the community on Wednesday, May 20 at 6:30 p.m.  The session will last no longer than 45-60 minutes and will be held in the theater at Liberty High School, 3584 Home Road.

Thank you in advance for your willingness to participate and for your dedication to the students and school community of Olentangy Local Schools.

Help Recognize The Olentangy Staff Member Who Has Made A Difference For Your Child

The Olentangy Education Foundation is proudly sponsoring its annual district-wide “Staff Commendation Program.”  The commendation program gives families an opportunity to thank Olentangy Schools staff members who have gone above and beyond and made your child’s year special or successful.  Your commendation may be submitted for ANY staff member, including teachers, administrators, bus drivers, support staff, coaches and others.

Donations made in the name of the commended staff member help the Olentangy Education Foundation provide teacher grants for innovative programs that are not covered by the District budget, and annual scholarships for graduating seniors at all three high schools.  The Olentangy Education Foundation greatly appreciates your gift of any amount. There is no limit to the number of commendations you may submit.

Follow this link to submit your commendation. If the staff member you would like to recognize is not listed in the database, please email Olentangy Education Foundation Staff Commendation Program Chairperson, Krista Davis, at kristasdavis@gmail.com

Each commendation will be shared with the honoree, his or her principal and the superintendent at the conclusion of the program. All commendations will be shared with staff members and their supervisor, no later than June 1, 2015. The 2014-2015 Staff Commendation Program will be open through May 26, 2015.

For additional information, please contact Olentangy Education Foundation Staff Commendation Program Chairperson, Krista Davis, at kristasdavis@gmail.com

Board Sets Superintendent Search Timeline

The Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education met on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 to discuss the timeline and parameters for hiring the district’s next superintendent.  The Board has hired the Ohio School Board Association (OSBA) to perform the search.  Below is the approved superintendent search timeline.

Objective Date
Planning Meeting Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Board Gives Final Approval for Brochure Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Materials Sent to Print Thursday, May 7, 2015
Brochure Mailed (officially launch search) Friday, May 8, 2015
Recruiting & Collection Period Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Focus Groups in District TBD (May 7, 11, 12, 18, 20, 21)
Closing Date for Applications Wednesday, May 27, 2015
OSBA Screening Committee Meets Monday, June 1, 2015
Board Receives Screening Committee Report Thursday, June 4, 2015, 6:00 PM
First Round Interviews June 8 – 10, 2015
Reference Checking Period & Achiever Testing June 11 – 16, 2015
Second Round Interviews June 17 – 19, 2015
School Community Meet and Greet with Finalists June 22 – 23, 2015
Board of Education Deliberation, Decision June 24 – 26, 2015
Board Takes Official Action to Employ Week of June 29, 2015
New Superintendent Begins Employment TBD/negotiated

 

2015 Graduation Day Set for Sunday, May 17

The Olentangy Local School District’s 2014-2015 Graduation Day will be held SUNDAY, May 17, 2015 at the Ohio Expo Center. Orange High School seniors will graduate at 10 a.m.  Olentangy High School seniors will graduate at 2 p.m. and Liberty High School’s graduation will take place at 6 p.m. The move to Sunday is necessary to eliminate scheduling conflicts with extracurricular activities taking place that weekend.

Fairgrounds Parking:

It is recommended that students and their families use 17th Ave/Exit 111 on practice and graduation days.   All graduation traffic will be exiting at the south end of the fairgrounds – 11th Ave after rehearsal and graduation.

Olentangy’s High Schools Among Nation’s Best

IMG_4141 Olentangy’s three high schools are among the best in the nation and within the top 10 in the state, the U.S. News and World Report determined in its 2015 nationwide high school rankings list. The rankings are based on a number of factors, including student-to-teacher ratios, college readiness, as well as math and reading proficiency results.

Orange High School earned the fifth best ranking in the state, Liberty High School is seventh, and Olentangy High School is ranked ninth best in Ohio.

The report analyzed achievement data from more than 29,000 public high schools in all 50 states. The rankings compare categories including student-to-teacher ratios, college readiness, as well as math and reading proficiency. U.S. News & World Report determined its college-readiness scores by examining the percentage of seniors who took and passed Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The math and reading proficiency scores reflect student performance on the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT).

Orange High School (OOHS) is ranked fifth in the state in this year’s report. It earned the 188th best high school in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 69.4 percent, a math proficiency score of 4.4 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.1 out of 5.

Liberty High School (OLHS) is ranked seventh in the state. It earned the 226th spot in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 66, a math proficiency score of 4.5 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.2 out of 5.

Olentangy High School (OHS) is ranked ninth in the state. It earned the 254th best high school in the national ranking, with a college-readiness score of 63.4 percent, a math proficiency score of 4.5 out of 5 and a reading proficiency score of 4.2 out of 5.

A similar report released in April by the Washington Post also ranked Olentangy’s high schools as among the best in the nation and state.

In the report, entitled “America’s Most Challenging High Schools” Liberty High School was ranked third in central Ohio, 10th in the state, and 359th in the nation. Olentangy High School was ranked fourth in central Ohio, 11th in the state, and 376th in the nation. Orange High School was ranked sixth in central Ohio, 13th in the state and 395th in the nation.

The Washington Post ranks schools based on the total number of college-level tests (such as Advanced Placement exams) given at a school, divided by the number of graduates for that particular year.

Congratulations to all three high schools!

Resources from Arrowhead Public Forum on April 28, 2015

The Arrowhead Public Forum held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 was well attended. Representatives from the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office, the Delaware County Prosecutor’s Office, the Center for Family Safety and Healing, and clinicians with Mount Carmel Hospital joined Superintendent Dr. Wade Lucas to help families discuss recent events involving the school. Presenters also provided many resources and insights to parents whose children and families have been affected.

Below is a list of resources:

Were earlier complaints minimized or ignored?

When school administrators learned that this former teacher failed to maintain appropriate personal space by allowing children to sit on his lap, it was the right thing for us to intervene and discipline him. Unfortunately, given that he was a union member with attorneys and union representatives available to help him file appeals and grievances, had we issued anything more than a written reprimand — absent any other evidence — would likely have been appealed, litigated and overturned. If all of us had only known what we know now, we would have certainly handled this much differently.

 What plan is in place for complaints like this in the future?

Here’s our policy, simply stated: protecting children is our top priority. When we have a concern for child safety, we will take prompt and appropriate action. When a parent has a concern we want to know about it quickly so we can take action. While we have several child safeguards already in place, we continue to look for more ways to protect our students.

How can we know if our child may have witnessed an incident?

We’ve been working with local counselors and law enforcement to resolve this case. These experts tell parents that they should listen to and observe their children. If a child is acting in a way that’s out of the norm, it’s worthwhile to pay closer attention. If the concern persists, contact your school principal, who can connect you with helpful and compassionate counselors trained to help evaluate situations like this. Often these counseling resources are free of charge or at very low cost.

Why not use a nanny cam in the classroom?

Whenever a betrayal like this happens, it’s natural for parents to look for ways to prevent it from happening again. While building principals, other teachers, and adult aides are in and out of our classrooms throughout the day, the presence of a camera is unlikely to stop an adult from the subtle violations that the former teacher is alleged to have committed. In addition, recordings of classrooms would likely be public records that the district might have to provide to any citizen (anonymous or otherwise) who asks for it.

What new policies or safeguards will be put in place and what background checks are done?

While we continue to review other best practices in student protection, we welcome recommendations from parents.

We hope parents will review the safeguards that are already in place. The list can be downloaded at http://tinyurl.com/safeguards2015.