January 26, 2017
following is a summary of the Olentangy Local School District Board of
Education’s Jan. 26, 2017 Business Session:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
Board approved the purchase of 12 school buses from Rush Trucking through the
META bus bid for $1,055,036.
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