On Wednesday, Olentangy Local Schools posted an informational video about the District’s upcoming March 19 ballot issue for additional funding. In the video, the District shared:
- Levy and Bond Issue: The measure is a combined 4.25 mil levy for the March 19, 2024 ballot, including a 3 mil operating levy and a 1.25 mil permanent improvement levy. This is the district’s lowest operational request in 30 years.
- Bond Authorization for Growth Management: The Board of Education has authorized seeking up to $350 million in bonds to accommodate the district’s growth due to the significant increase in Delaware County’s population. The community is expected to see nearly 12,000 new housing units, leading to a 21% increase in student enrollment.
- District Achievements and Community Trust: Olentangy Schools boasts high academic rankings, successful athletic and arts programs, and recognition as a top employer in Ohio. These factors contribute to its status as a “destination district” for new families.
- Use of Levies for District Operations: The operating and permanent improvement levies will ensure the maintenance of safe and adequate facilities for students and staff, and support the daily operations of the district.
- Plan for New School Construction: The bond issue will fund the construction of five new schools, including three elementary schools, a seventh middle school, and a fifth high school, to manage the increasing student population. The district emphasizes the necessity of this financial request, despite recent property reappraisals in Delaware County.
Readers can view the District’s video below.