One Community Conference At Orange High School Sept. 6

The Olentangy Local School District will host a one-day conference from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 6 at Orange High School.  We will discuss how to build a community of respect and empathy through cultural awareness, sensitivity and understanding. The conference will provide tools and strategies to ensure equity and inclusion for all students and the community through engaging workshops and discussions. The conference is geared toward teachers, administrators, parents, community members, and students in grades 9-12. Attendance is free and will include keynote speakers such as educator Michael Rosen, author of more than 100 books, professors from Otterbein, Ohio State and Sioux Falls universities, and presentations from parents and students. For more information, see our website here, then go to this link to register.  
Hurry!  Registration ends Monday, September 1 at 11:59 p.m.

Notice of disruption of service: Online fee payments

Online Payment AvailabilityWe have become aware that parents are not able to pay fees online with the exception of food service through SPS ezPay.  We are working with our third-party vendors that provide this service to remedy this situation.  We apologize for any inconveniences and hope to have services restored as soon as possible.  We will send out a notification when the vendors have resolved the issues and are prepared to process online payments again.

Thank you for your patience while we work through these issues. As always, payments for outstanding fees can be paid by check at your respective building.

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. The move to Sunday is necessary to eliminate scheduling conflicts with extracurricular activities taking place that weekend.

Change in Spring Break Dates for 2015

The Olentangy Local School District’s originally scheduled spring break dates for 2015 has been changed from March 16-20 to March 30-April 3 due to state graduation testing.

The change was made by the Olentangy Board of Education during its April 10 meeting and was necessitated by a state decision to maintain the Ohio Graduation Test (OGT) in 2015. The state had originally advised that a new graduation test was to be developed for 2015 and that it would be administered closer to the end of the school year. However, because of disagreements among lawmakers and the Ohio Department of Education, the new test has yet to be developed. As a result, the Ohio Department of Development has recently advised that it will continue to use the current OGT test during the same testing period, which will be March 16-20. The test involves every sophomore as well as any junior or senior who still needs to pass the test or a portion of it.

In order to provide high school students with time to prepare for the test, the Board determined that it is in the best interest of the students to move spring break to the same week as this year, which will be March 30- April 3. The change was approved by a 5-0 vote.

Along with the OGT, Olentangy will administer Terra Nova tests in the appropriate elementary and middle school grades during the week of March 16-20, 2015.

Due to the change in spring break dates, the last day of school in 2015 has been moved from Friday, May 22 to Thursday, May 21.

Preschool Transportation Information

Preschool bus transportation 2014-2015:  Go to Administrative Departments tab on the front page of the Olentangy Local Schools website. Click on Transportation. Click on 2014-15 Bus Route Information – Updated regularly!  Scroll down to preschool and click on your child’s school.

Board Approves Teacher Contract Extension

The Olentangy Board of Education has approved a one-year contract extension with the Olentangy Teachers Association (OTA).

The agreement extends a three-year contract reached in 2012 that has helped the district realize more than $13 million in savings. The savings were, in large part, the result of changes to insurance and benefit offerings. The new contract renews the agreement and provides a 2 percent wage increase that is in line with recently approved teacher contracts throughout the region.

“This agreement reflects our efforts to be cost-efficient while also recognizing the excellent work being done by our teachers,” said Olentangy Local School Board President Kevin O’Brien. “It is a fair and equitable agreement.”

O’Brien noted that the district has exceeded a goal of making a levy passed by voters in 2011 last at least three years, in part, because of the 2012 OTA contract.

OLSD Board Vice Pesident Julie Wagner Feasel emphasized that, “for the 2011-12 school year, the teachers received 0 percent increase; for 2012-13 it was 1 percent; and it was 0.5 percent for 2013 through 2015. This extension through the 2015-2016 school year provides a 2 percent increase, for a 5-year average of 0.8 percent.”

OTA President Elaine Eddy said the OTA works to be a good partner with the community, while setting high expectations for academic achievement. She referenced preliminary data that indicates the district will earn a record-high Performance Index score based on state tests administered during the 2013-2014 school year.

“This agreement is a reflection of our partnership and the work that has resulted in Olentangy consistently being ranked among the best school districts in the state,” Eddy said.

The OTA represents approximately 1,150 teachers in the Olentangy Local School District. The Board approved the extension during its July 9th meeting. The current contract runs through June 30, 2015. The new agreement extends the contract through June 30, 2016.