I have been asked by Dublin School Superintendent Dr. Todd Hoadley to serve on a "Key Communicators Committee" that meets monthly with him to react to issues he presents and to keep him informed of issues discussed among our neighbors and friends. I thought I'd share with you the latest news ...
Architects have been selected for all the new projects underway as a result of voter approval of the levy that was on the November ballot. One new Elementary will be named by the School Board probably in March, and the 2nd will be named the next month, Watch for surveys asking your opinion on proposed names, though the name will be decided not by vote, but will be selected by the School Board.
Three Schools administrators and two Board Members recently flew to NYC to present the case for low interest rates on the bonds to be sold to finance the construction projects. Standard and Poors granted the Dublin Schools their highest possible rating, AAA. Moody's gave the Dublin District their second highest rating, AA1. The latter was held back a notch only because of the State of Ohio pension liabilities, not due to any lack by the District. The auditor issued a totally "clean" report, and both bond rating agencies were very impressed with the presentation given by Board and Staff. This will save the district money for many years when the bonds are issued and sold, which should happen next month. Strong internal financial controls enhanced by the impressive voter support of the recent levy, 58%-42%, were major factors in the ratings.
Both new elementaries, one on Bright Rd, and the other in Jerome Village will open in time for the 2020-2021 school year. The new MIddle School, also located in Jerome Village and attached to the Elementary School there [with a shared kitchen] will open in August 2021. The land for those two was donated by the developer, Nationwide Realty.
Three new "Academies" will be instituted for next year, located in the Emerald Campus building and open to students at all three high schools: cybersecurity, sports medicine, and entrepreneurial. An aviation academy is already on the books and negotiations are underway between Dublin Schools, OSU and Columbus State to locate some of that work at Don Scott Field here in Dublin. That program includes airplane mechanics and will expand to include airport management and later hopefully pilot training, though flight school training will not be funded by the District.
A new International Baccalaureate class called Global Politics will be offered next year, at Emerald. In all, 17 college credit classes will be in the program next year.
All of this makes Dublin an attractive place to live, great for our kids, grandkids and the reputation of our larger community.