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.

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.

 

Roger Bartz Sworn in as New Board Member

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District Treasurer Brian Kern administers the oath of office to newly-appointed Board member Roger Bartz.

The Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education has appointed Roger Bartz as its newest member.

Bartz was appointed to the position by a unanimous 3-0 vote during the Board’s July 9 meeting. He was then immediately sworn in to fill the seat vacated June 18 by former Board member Stacy Dunbar. Bartz will complete the remaining 1.5 years of Dunbar’s unexpired term. He was selected from among 41 applicants for the seat. The Board had narrowed the applicant lists to three finalists before appointing Bartz.

A 15-year resident of the district, Bartz has had a strong history of supporting Olentangy through many volunteer efforts, including as the president of the Olentangy Orange Athletic Boosters.  He also served as the co-chair of a committee to raise donations to fund the installation of a turf field at Orange High School.

Bartz is a market director/senior client service manager for TRC Environmental Corporation, a national engineering, consulting and construction management firm. Prior to joining TRC, he served as a senior client service manager for Sage Environmental Consulting, LLC.  He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Capital University in 1983.

“Mr. Bartz’ extensive business and consulting background will be a great asset,” said Board of Education President Kevin O’Brien, who added that the district received an outstanding pool of applicants.

Board Vice President Julie Wagner Feasel thanked the candidates for their commitment and passion for the Olentangy Local Schools and encouraged them to remain involved.

Bartz and his wife, Sherry, reside in Lewis Center and have two children.

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.