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June 11 Meeting Summary

June 11, 2024 Meeting

BOARD PRESIDENT'S REPORT

  • Board of Education President Brandon Lester announced that the board would approve a three-year contract rollover with the Olentangy Teachers Association (OTA) as part of the action items later in the meeting. This agreement reflects Olentangy Schools' respect for the OTA and the District's educators, as well as a commitment to retaining and attracting the best teachers. 
  • The agreement with the OTA includes annual cost-of-living adjustments at 2.5% in year one and 3% in years two and three, and will run from July 1, 2025, through June 30, 2028.

STUDENT AND STAFF RECOGNITION AWARDS

  • The Board of Education recognized students and staff for outstanding achievements in academics, athletics, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities this spring. 

FOOD SERVICE UPDATE

  • Food Service Supervisor Bethany Lenko outlined Olentangy’s food service department structure, which is part of the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a School Breakfast Program (SBP) Sponsor​, and overseen by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Ohio Department of Education & Workforce Office of Nutrition. 
  • There will be no lunch price increase for the 2024-25 school year.​ 
  • The department paid back Olentangy’s general fund the remaining $1 million loaned during the pandemic.​ 
  • The state budget will continue covering the cost of reduced-price meals for families for the second year of the biennium budget.

PRELIMINARY DISTRICT OHIO'S STATE TEST RESULTS

  • Director of Data and Continuous Improvement Jeanette Kenney presented the District’s Ohio’s State Test results, which were administered to students between April 4 – May 6. 
  • Olentangy students increased proficiency score percentage in eight tests​: 
    • English Language Arts (ELA) – 4th grade, 5th grade, and ELA II​ 
    • Math – 7th grade, Algebra I​ 
    • Science – 5th grade, Biology​ 
    • Social Studies – American History​ 
  • ​Olentangy students increased accomplished/advanced score percentage in ten tests​: 
    • ELA – 4th grade, 5th grade, ELA II​ 
    • Math – 4th grade, 7th grade, 8th grade, Algebra I​ 
    • Science – 5th grade, Biology​ 
    • Social Studies – American History​ 
  • ​Olentangy students outscored state proficiency percentages by 17% to 39%​. 
  • Student score reports were emailed to families on June 5 and 6. 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT 

  • Superintendent Todd R. Meyer reviewed end of year celebrations, athletic accomplishments, and summer events and programming across the district. 

TREASURER’S REPORT 

  • Treasurer Ryan Jenkins presented updates to the District’s five-year forecast based on the proposed contract extension with the Olentangy Teachers Association (OTA) and due to the March 19, 2024, levy failure.​ 
  • The primary updates to the five-year forecast include:​ 
    • Moving back the opening of additional school buildings until after June 30, 2028.​ Additional staffing for these new buildings (e.g., full complement of custodians, food service, secretaries, school counselors, unified arts teachers, other intervention specialists, etc.) was also deferred until after June 30, 2028.​ 
    • Estimates for health insurance renewals for the 2025 plan year were reduced to 0% based on the latest Insurance Committee Meeting (May 2024) data.​ 
    • Forecasted wage increases have been adjusted based on the OTA contract extension agreement. 

INTENT TO REHIRE RETIRED PRINCIPAL, MRS. JULIE A. LATHER, OAK CREEK ELEMENTARY  

  • Chief Human Resources Officer Nancy Freese presented the first reading of the recommendation of the rehire of retired principal Julie Lather (OCES) for the 2024-25 school year. This will save the district $25,882 and retain a highly valued and talented building leader. 

FIRST READING FY24 NO. 5 BOARD POLICY UPDATES ​​​​​​​ 

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Jack Fette presented committee updates to the following board policies:  

  • po1481 Use of Employee’s Personal Property at School Administration  
  • po2623 Student Assessment and Academic Intervention Services Program   
  • po2623.02 Third Grade Reading Guarantee Program  
  • po3113 Conflict of Interest Professional Staff  
  • po3120.04 Employment of Substitutes Professional Staff  
  • po3140 Termination and Resignation Professional Staff  
  • po3281 Use of Employee’s Personal Property at School Professional Staff 
  • po4140 Termination and Resignation Classified Staff 
  • po4281 Use of Employee’s Personal Property at School Classified Staff 
  • po5310 Health Services Students  
  • po5410 Promotion, Placement and Retention Students 
  • po5430 Class Rank Students  
  • po5464 Early High School Graduation Students  
  • po8600 Transportation Operations 
  • po8600.04 Bus Driver Certification Operations 
  • po8640 Transportation for Non-Routine Trips (name change) Operations 
  • po8650 Transportation by School Vehicles Other than School Buses (name change) Operations 
  • po8660 Incidental Transportation of Students by Private Vehicle Operations 

BUSINESS AND FACILITIES ITEMS DISCUSSION ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Chief Operations Officer Jeff Gordon reviewed business and facilities purchases on the board agenda, including furniture replacements, insurance policy increases, external repairs at Shanahan Middle school, and updating the attendance boundary line for the district-owned property on Bunty Station Road. 


ADDITIONAL BOARD OF EDUCATION INFORMATION