DELAWARE CO., Ohio (WCMH)–Almost 600 students in 18 Olentangy Local Schools will be affected by the redistricting plans released Wednesday night.
The 95-square mile district has seen huge growth in recent years swelling to an enrollment of more than 19,300 students.
Plans are in the works to add a fourth high school to the district’s roster of 15 elementary schools and 5 middle schools. The redistricting plan is meant to address crowded schools and future growth predictions.
“My kids go to school now, it’s overcrowded, they’re in very small classrooms. I would like to see him in a more comfortable environment with a lot less kids,” says Jenny Edds.
Her son goes to Cheshire Elementary now. Next year the 4th grader will go to Arrowhead Elementary.
“Arrowhead is a smaller school, there are a lot less children,” says Edds.
The district’s attendance boundaries committee has been reviewing redistricting options for months and presented its recommendations to Superintendent Mark Raiff earlier this month. Raiff said 572 students in 18 schools will be affected by the redistricting.
“I’m honored by the fact that most people don’t want to leave the school that they’re in. They love their school. But we also have three buildings that are significantly over capacity so that’s why we had to do this,” he said.
For maps and more information, visit the district’s web page.