Board Bullet
January 26, 2017

The following is a summary of the Olentangy Local School District Board of Education’s Jan. 26, 2017 Business Session:

  • The Board heard a presentation from Communications Director Krista Davis regarding the launch of the District’s new mobile app. Davis shared that the app will launch Feb. 14, 2017, replacing the District’s current communications tools for outbound email newsletters and phone calls. In addition, Ms. Davis advised that the app will provide the District with several new communication methods, including text messages and push notifications.
  • The Board heard a presentation from Instructor Linda Shank regarding the District’s Student Mentorship program. Ms. Shank introduced several students in the program who shared their experiences, including internships that allowed them to better explore career options.

Board President’s Report:

  • President Roger Bartz provided highlights of the District’s Jan. 23, 2017 School Advocacy Meeting, which featured State Rep. Andrew Brenner discussing his school funding proposal bill. Mr. Bartz acknowledged that, while the proposal would represent a drastic change, it is ambitious. He credited Representative Brenner with putting forth a proposal on the complex and challenging topic. Referring to the redistricting process, Mr. Bartz said the Board and district staff will continue to be dedicated to providing a quality education to all District students regardless of which school they attend.

Superintendent’s Report:

  • Superintendent Mark Raiff advised the Board that the District has been named as a recipient of the College Board’s AP Honor Roll. Districts on the AP Honor Roll have simultaneously increased access to Advanced Placement coursework while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. More than 76 percent of Olentangy students take AP, College Credit Plus or Industry Certification programs. 

Treasurer’s Report:

  • Treasurer Emily Hatfield shared that the District held its first Insurance Committee meeting earlier that day. The District’s insurance brokers reviewed the District’s insurance plan with committee members to help members better understand its various nuances. Ms. Hatfield said the committee now plans to meet every other month to review the insurance plan in order to ensure that it remains fiscally sustainable. The committee consists of approximately 25 members, representing a wide range of District staff. 

Discussion Items:

  • The Board heard an update on the District’s Attendance Boundaries Committee from Ms. Davis and Randy Wright, Chief of Academic Services. Davis and Wright shared that the committee has finalized two K-12 scenarios to be presented to the community for feedback beginning Feb. 15, 2017. Davis said the same information would be shared online as was being providing during three public forums on the topic. The community can provide feedback via the District’s website, Davis said. A final decision will be made by the superintendent in March.
  •  Facilities Director Jeff Gordon provided the Board with background on two requests for easements on the agenda, as well as a change order request for the Berlin High School construction project. One easement at Liberty Tree Elementary was requested by Delaware County to extend a sewer trunk line north along Sawmill Parkway. The other easement was requested by the county to allow for a temporary wider easement during construction near Liberty Tree Elementary School. Gordon also explained that the change order request involving the Berlin High School construction project was necessary as the result of requirements stemming from Delaware County’s final plan review of the project. The requirements were not included in earlier estimates because the county allowed construction of the school to start while the final review was still pending in order for the school to open in time for the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Chief Academic Officer Jack Fette presented the first reading of a Board policy update stemming from Senate Bill 3. The proposed update would raise the limit for purchase orders that require a bid from $25,000 to $50,000.

Action Items:  All action items were approved as presented. Highlights include:

  • The Board approved a change order in the amount of $259,589 for the Berlin High School construction project. The revision is the result of requirements made as part of Delaware County’s final plan review of the project.
  • The Board approved the purchase of 12 school buses from Rush Trucking through the META bus bid for $1,055,036.
  •  The Board approved the purchase of twelve camera systems from buses from Rush Trucking through the META bus bid for $25,207.08.

The next meeting of the Olentangy Local Schools Board of Education will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2017 in the Administrative Office.