- Ohio Department of Education State Funding for Schools
- Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) Bill Tracker
- Ohio Senate
- Andrew O. Brenner (R), District 19
- To phone Sen. Brenner, call 614-466-8086, Monday- Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
- Ohio House of Representatives
- To find your Representative, enter your five-digit ZIP code into this online map search.
- To phone your Representative, call 1-800-282-0253, Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
School funding 101 masterclass
The District held a School Funding 101 masterclass on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 to educate the community about the funding Olentangy Schools receives from the state, how we spend our funds compared to other districts, what that means for Olentangy resident taxes, and actions to take that can make an impact.
School Funding Panel:
Mark T. Raiff, Olentangy Schools Superintendent
Timothy Ryan Jenkins, Olentangy Schools Treasurer
Kevin Daberkow, Olentangy Schools Board of Education
Julie Wagner Feasel, School Advocacy Committee
- What percentage of Olentangy’s funding comes from local property taxes?
- Will all school districts be affected the same way by the fair school funding formula?
- Explain why our taxes go up when the effective rate is going down?
- How did we get in this situation and why are we so poorly funded by the state?
- Why now, and how do we mobilize our community for change?
- What are the most critical funding needs in the next 5, 10 and 15 years?
- Why does the state’s funding formula change each year?
- Could Olentangy be separated into many smaller districts?
- Could we redistrict high schools again instead of building a fifth high school?
Ohio Fair School Funding Summit
Olentangy Schools hosted the inaugural Ohio Fair School Funding Summit at Olentangy High School on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Leadership from school districts across the state came together with state representatives and influential policy makers to celebrate the success of legislators’ recent work in this area and increase awareness among similarly-situated Ohio public school districts to advocate for fair funding. The summit opened with a welcome from District Superintendent Mark T. Raiff and former U.S. Representative Pat Tiberi, and was followed by keynotes from Speaker of the House Robert R. Cupp, and former State Representatives Rick Carfagna and John Patterson. Attendees engaged in a panel discussion and participated in targeted breakout sessions.
Olentangy Board member Dr. Kevin Daberkow described the importance of the summit and fair school funding by suggesting that, “The Ohio Fair School Funding Summit is a powerful example of how stakeholders can work together to meet the challenges of financing Ohio's schools and making Ohio the premier state in the nation for educating our children and raising a family. For Olentangy Schools, the stakes could not be higher. We appreciate the hard work of all summit attendees to work together to accomplish our common school funding goals." With exponential student enrollment growth within the Olentangy school district and Delaware County, funding caps in the previous funding formula made levy campaigns a cyclical conversation for the district. The current Fair School Funding Plan was voted into the biennium budget for the next two years. Olentangy Schools will continue the conversation advocating for the Fair School Funding Plan to be fully funded by the end of the next two budget cycles. When presenting the District’s five-year forecast, Treasurer Emily Hatfield stated, “The Fair School Funding plan becoming fully phased-in over six years would dramatically impact Olentangy because it allocates funding to the school district where students are enrolled. Olentangy Schools has the potential to receive $50 million annually in state funding once the Fair School Funding plan is fully phased-in, which is $40 million more than we currently receive.”
View the event video.
Delaware County General Assembly Candidate Forum
Olentangy Schools hosted the Delaware County General Assembly Candidate Forum at Liberty High School on April 7, 2022.
School Funding Virtual Public Forum
The District held a School Funding Virtual Public Forum March 22, 2021 featuring Senator Andrew Brenner, State Reps. Rick Carfagna and Kris Jordan, as well as District Superintendent Mark Raiff and District Treasurer Emily Hatfield. The group discussed the state's current school funding status as well as an update on the status of the Fair State Funding Plan.