The following is a summary of the Olentangy Local School District Board of Education's July 9, 2018 Business Session held at the District's Administrative Office at 7840 Graphics Way.


Randy Wright, chief of administrative services, provided a report on the District's 2017-18 community engagement activities. Mr Wright explained that the District keeps track of its community engagements in order to fulfill a benchmark component of the District's Continuous Improvement Plan. During the 2017-18 school year, the District held 163 enrichment/informational events, 116 cultural events, 172 community-connection related events, 100 celebration events, and 46 transitional (redistricting) events.

Board President's Report:

Board President Mindy Patrick noted a recent Columbus Dispatch article that profiled Olentangy Liberty High School graduate Divyaditya Shrivastava and his startup company. Shrivastava has developed a special drone that can provide critical data to firefighters en route to a fire or emergency situation.

Superintendent's Report:

Superintendent Mark Raiff reported that administrators have begun moving into the recently completed Olentangy Berlin High School. Furniture and equipment is also being moved in to the building, which remains on schedule to open on time next month. A grand opening ceremony for the new school will be held Sunday, August 5, 2018.

Treasurer's Report:

District Treasurer Emily Hatfield provided an update on the Orange Middle School Washington D.C. trip fundraising efforts. She said the District has so far received over $114,000 to pay the $148,882 expense, leaving the District to cover the remaining balance of approximately $34,000. Ms. Hatfield noted that the District continues to inform families who paid for the trip by credit card to dispute the charges in order to be reimbursed. Hatfield provided a list of companies, staff members and individuals who have donated private funds to assist the District in paying off the trip expense and thanked them for their contributions.

Discussion Items:

District Curriculum Director Peggy McMurry provided the Board with information about a proposed purchase of software designed to help students learn math by using visual elements that stimulate the portion of the brain that holds short-term memory. The software, ST Math and New Fluency Student, is to be used at the District's elementary schools for students in need additional help with math.

Action Items:

All action items were approved as presented. Highlights include:

  • Hired Allyson Halls, assistant principal, Olentangy Liberty High School, effective August 1, 2018.
  • Approved a $58,000 contract with M&D Blacktop Company for tennis court surface maintenance at Olentangy High School and Liberty High School.
  • Approved a Memorandum of Understanding with The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center for athletic services, for a five-year period, from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 20 23 with no cost to the District.
  • Approved spending $300,000 to purchase Mind Research Institute for ST Math and New Fluency Student Licenses.

The next meeting of the Olentangy Local School Board of Education will be held at 6 p.m. August 9, 2018 at the District's Administrative Office, 7840 Graphics Way.