Master Plan F.A.Q.s

These questions were asked at the first Master Plan public meeting

on Jan. 30 and Feb. 20 at Sells Middle School and Dublin Scioto High School


Growth related questions

Q. What is bringing all these families to Dublin?

A. Our community is a great place to live and work. Families move here for a variety of reasons, but the quality of our school district is at the top of that list.


Q. What can Dublin City Schools do to control residential growth?

A. When it comes to housing developments and overall community growth, Dublin City Schools has no zoning authority or the ability to assess developers impact fees for bringing more students and the associated costs to our District. We work closely with developers and the City of Dublin when we are made aware of new housing projects, but ultimately, Dublin City Schools cannot control student enrollment growth. Our mission is to educate all the students who live within our boundaries.

 

Q. I understand the Jerome Village developers have donated land for a future elementary and middle school. Have other developers contributed to the education costs?

A. The District was able to purchase 39 acres in Jerome Village for future schools for $1. Ohio law does not allow for impact fees. In other states, developers can be charged impact fees when the size of a development mandates a new school or schools. Impact fees do not exist in Ohio.


Q. How many students does each type of home produce in our District?

A. Single family homes produce approximately 0.5 students per home while multi family homes (apartments, condos) produce approximately 0.25 students per unit.

 

Q. Are population ages, birth rates, and online education factored into enrollment projections?

A. Yes, the methodologies used by Future Think are available for review on the Master Plan web page. We have not seen online school impact our enrollment to this point.

 

Q. If Amazon HQ2 chooses North-west Metro Columbus, does that “change” all projections?
No that is not a potentiality. Even if the Amazon HQ were to be located in Central Ohio, anyone with students attending Dublin City Schools MUST live within the District’s boundaries to attend school here.

 

Q. How will the growth impact busing?

A. Dublin City Schools operates one of the state’s largest bus fleets and our transportation department is equipped to handle the growth. The cost of additional buses associated with more schools will be figured into the bond levy portion of a potential November 2018 ballot issue. 


Q. How does our process compare to another high growth district like Olentangy Local Schools?

A. We use the same company (Future Think) for enrollment projections, and our Master Planning processes look very similar.

 

Q. I’ve heard the new Bridge Park development has only added a small number of students to the District at this point?

A. That is correct. Bridge Park was designed to attract young professionals and empty nesters to the area. We have not seen an enrollment influx from people living in Bridge Park housing, nor de we expect large numbers of students from Bridge Park in the future.

Q. Can schools be built "up" instead of "out?"
A. While some schools can technically be added on to by addling floors, this is a costly option and can put additional stress on common spaces. It also limits the uses of the future spaces.

Redistricting related questions

Q. How often would you project redistricting would be needed as part of this plan?

A. Whenever new schools open, redistricting must take place. A redistricting committee will conduct a transparent process about a year before a new school opens in order to give parents plenty of time to adjust should their school attendance boundaries need to be shifted.

 

Q. In regards to the new elementary school will students going into 5th grade be grandfathered to their current elementary so they can finish were they have been?
This has been practice in the past, but that does not guarantee this will be the case in the future. A redistricting committee will begin this work about a year before a new school opens. 

 

Q. How exactly will it be determined which students will attend Bright Road school?
A redistricting committee will begin this work about a year before a new school opens. 

Existing facilities related questions

Q. I’ve heard Coffman needs additional classrooms Is that something that’s being considered?

A. Not at this time. Coffman has been added onto several times since it opened in the early 1970s. While Coffman enrollment continues to grow, we anticipate students attending the Emerald Campus for part of of their school days will help ease overcrowding at all three of our schools. The Emerald Campus opens for students next school year. While there may be space to build additions at Coffman, the core space there (band room, cafetiera, hallways, etc) cannot be expanded.


Q. If the current central office is converted into a centralized preschool, do you foresee the preschool moving back to the elementary schools in the future?

A. If central office is converted to a centralized preschool, it would be used for that purpose for the foreseeable future.

 

Q. Sounds like the plan is to keep Indian Run Elementary school open for many years to come?  
Absolutely. Sells and Indian Run are centrally located schools and house more than 1,500 students on a daily basis. In spite of rumors the contrary, Sells and Indian Run will be in use for the foreseeable future.

 

Q. How many classrooms would be available if the central office is converted to a preschool?

A. Approximately 18


Q. Is the $95-million in need improvements to existing facilities over the next 10 years?

A. Yes and that number is based on current needs. Other infrastructure issues will undoubtedly arise as we move forward as buildings continue to age.

 

Q. What improvements need to be done at Scioto High School?
More than $95-million worth of improvements to existing facilities have been identified by the Master Plan committee, with about $10.4-million of that number earmarked for Dublin Scioto. Specifics will be forthcoming as we move closer to a potential November 2018 ballot issue. 

 

Q. Is West Bridge Program moving to Emerald campus?
Yes, the programs housed at 62 W. Bridge Street will be moving to Emerald Campus with the beginning of the 2018-19 school year. 


Financial Questions

Q. Didn’t we pass a levy to build a school that was never built, but used for other purposes? How can you guarantee PI levy dollars wouldn’t be used for other purposes?

A. In November of 2008, the community passed a bond issue to build elementary 13. Shortly thereafter, the economy went into a deep recession which slowed residential housing growth, pushing out the need for elementary 13 in the northwest portion of the District. During the 2015-16 school year, the District conducted several public meetings and community surveys, regarding the funds set aside for the construction of elementary 13. With the overwhelming support of our community, the District repurposed those dollars to add 22 elementary classrooms at six of our existing buildings, increasing our capacity District-wide, rather than build elementary 13 and incur the additional operating costs.


Q. How long does a permanent improvement levy last?

A. No decisions have been made regarding the components of a potential ballot issue in November of 2018. If a permanent improvement (PI) levy were to be on the ballot, it would be of a permanent nature and would not expire.

 

Q. What is the potential financial impact to taxpayers with the permanent Improvement Levy?  How much per $100,000 if even know?
The is still being worked through and has not been decided by the Dublin City Schools Board of Education.

 

Q. When new houses are being built, why do they not cover the cost of the new students they generate?
The answer has to do with the way schools are funded in Ohio. When an operating levy or bond issue is approved by voters, it can only ever generate a set amount of dollars. For example, if a bond issue generates $48-million per year, it can only ever generate $48-million per year, regardless of how many residents are paying into the amount. While new home construction does generate some additional revenue, it does not begin to cover the costs of educating students.

Q. Are there cost savings when the District uses the same architects and construction companies on the new buildings?
A. Yes, there is a cost savings to be realized by using the same firms for multiple projects.

Potential Bright Road Elementary related questions

Questions concerning traffic control, overflow parking, and entrances and exits at the future elementary school on Bright Road
The District has already met with the City of Dublin to discuss issues of entrance and exit to a potential new Bright Road elementary school. We will be using Glacier Ridge as a model as we lay out the building, and we will be working with Glacier administrators to learn about what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to overflow parking, entrances and exits, and any other general traffic issues.

Q. Will the city bring new sidewalks with this new school?  
A. As stated above, the District has met with the city on the topic of sidewalks, and more details about plans will be distributed as they become available.

Q. How will you control noise levels?
A. The District will work with the City of Dublin when it comes to any noise controls measures we can install at the time of construction. It is important to note, the plans for Bright Road are limited to an elementary school. Marching bands, extensive athletic fields, and other activities known to generate noise at a secondary school, are not expected to be issues at the Bright Road site. 

Q. Questions related to fencing, landscaping, and drainage
A. As stated above, the District will work with the City of Dublin to address issues which may impact the neighbors of a potential Bright Road elementary school.

Q. Do we know how an elementary on Bright Road would impact the Chapman student population?
A. Specifics regarding redistricting have not been discussed. A redistricting committee will begin that process about a year prior to a new building opening.   

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