The following is a summary of the Olentangy Local School District Board of Education's Feb. 14, 2017 Business Session:
  • The Board heard a presentation from Mark Yoho, Associate Director K-12, Ohio Midwestern Regional Office, The College Board. Mr. Yoho presented the Board with an award in recognition of the district having been named to the College Board's 7th Annual 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 three or higher on AP exams. Olentangy is one of only 433 districts across the United States and Canada to have been selected for the 7th Annual AP Honor Roll.
  • The Board heard a presentation regarding the District's Fine Arts program from Anthony Elkins and Vince DeTillio, elementary and secondary curriculum supervisors for the district. Mr. Elkins and Mr. DeTillio explained the importance of the District's Fine Arts program. The presentation was concluded with a performance by the Berkshire Middle School Eighth Grade Choir.
  • Superintendent Mark Raiff provided the Board with his "State of the Schools" address, an overview of the district's high academic performance, fiscal efficiency, demographics, goals and challenges. Mr. Raiff highlighted the District's academic achievements, including that the District's high schools are rated among the best in the nation by the U.S. News and World Report, the Washington Post and Newsweek. Other highlights included an overview of the District's 2015-2016 state report card results and the District's AAA bond rating.
Board President's Report:
  •  Board President Roger Bartz reported that he attended the district's recent Attendance Boundaries Committee meeting. Mr. Bartz thanked the committee members for their work to provide redistricting recommendations to Superintendent Raiff. Olentangy Local Schools is redistricting to address the needs created by its ongoing growth and the opening of its fourth high school.

Discussion Items:

  • Chief Academic Officer Jack Fette provided the Board with a second reading of a proposed 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.

  • Chief of Administrative Services Randy Wright presented the Board with a draft of the 2018-2019 district school calendar. Mr. Wright noted that the proposed calendar calls for the start of the school year to begin no earlier than the third Wednesday of August. Mr. Wright also noted that the district would like to establish the last week of March as Spring Break and finish the school year before Memorial Day. The proposed calendar is to be posted to the district's website for 30 days to allow for community and staff feedback. The results will be reviewed and a final calendar proposal will be brought to the Board for approval on April 13, 2017.

Action Items: All action items were approved as presented.

The next meeting of the Olentangy Local School Board of Education will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, February 23, 2017  in the Administrative Office.