Superintendent Message for October 18, 2018

Dear Olentangy Families,

It’s hard to believe we’ve already completed the first quarter of the 2018-19 school year. Olentangy Local Schools has had a busy and productive nine weeks. Here are some highlights:

Olentangy Berlin High School: On Sunday, August 5, we proudly opened our fourth high school with much fanfare and excitement. Grand opening festivities included a parade with the band, cheerleaders and staff, performances by the orchestra, choir and band, as well as a ribbon cutting and the first singing of the alma mater by all who were present. The school opened its doors to 900 students a few short days later, officially kicking off the start of a new era for the Olentangy Berlin Bears.

Redistricting: Beginning with this school year, the district implemented its redistricting plan, effectively moving 1400 students, including the 900 students attending the new high school. While Olentangy Liberty and Orange High Schools have not seen much relief in enrollment this year, the redistricting plan will provide a reduction in numbers and an overall balance in utilization over the next three years, as the plan becomes fully implemented.

Partnerships: All three employee associations and the District agreed to three-year contracts, providing stability and setting us up for future successes as we work together to accomplish our mission to facilitate maximum learning for every student.

Non-Academic Barriers: The District hired a Director of Safety, Security and Preparedness to help further our efforts in providing a safe learning environment for all students. We look forward to addressing any identified needs to improve our already vigilant efforts in this area.

Special Recognition: Although we have only completed nine weeks of the school year, we have already seen members of our school community recognized for achieving excellence. Below are a few of the many highlights:

  • The United Way of Delaware County awarded Olentangy Local School District with the 2018 School Workplace Award. The organization brings Delaware County together around a common vision, common agenda and common path forward to create a collective, stronger impact.
  • Long-time resident, Julia Roll, was recognized by the Ohio School Board Association Central Region as a Friend of Public Education for her dedication to preserving the original Berlin School’s history and ensuring the new Berlin High School is able to share in some of that valuable history.

  • The Ohio Department of Education awarded seven of our schools over the past year with the Purple Star Award, recognizing these schools for being military friendly. Olentangy High, Hyatts Middle, Liberty Tree Elementary, Liberty Middle, Olentangy Orange High, Scioto Ridge Elementary and Shanahan Middle Schools all were identified by the state for their efforts in this area.

We continue to work hard to achieve our mission to facilitate maximum learning for every student, and we recognize that we could not achieve these milestones and accolades without the strong partnership we share with our students, staff and community. Thank you to each one of you for doing your part to live our mission.

Proud to serve as your Superintendent,

Mark T. Raiff
Superintendent, Olentangy Local Schools