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Enrollment surge

Dublin school district now Ohio's 10th-largest

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The Dublin City School District has joined the top 10 largest districts in Ohio.

According to enrollment numbers on the district's 2012-13 state report card, the district has 14,056 students and that number is expected to continue to grow.

"Dublin City Schools is a destination for many families, largely due to the quality of this school system," Superintendent Todd Hoadley said.

"A growing student population that continues to become more diverse is a challenge we welcome.

"We believe all our students must achieve at high levels and our data indicate we are on the right track."

Dublin City Schools has been climbing the list of the top 15 largest districts in the state and recently passed Westerville and Dayton City Schools after a few years as the 12th-largest district.

Other central Ohio districts in the top 10 are Columbus with 49,509 students in 2012; Olentangy with 17,251; and Hilliard with 14,840, according to information from the Ohio Department of Education's 2012 state report cards.

"A lot of these large districts struggle," Hoadley told Dublin school board members at a Jan. 13 meeting.

"While we're the 10th-largest district, we have the highest ACT scores and second-highest SAT scores," he said.

Hoadley said the high enrollment hasn't stopped Dublin City Schools from succeeding.

"We are the most high-achieving large district in the state of Ohio," he said.

According to information from the district, out of the 10 largest schools in Ohio, The Dublin City Schools district has the highest Performance Index Score of 107.5 on the state report card and the highest 11th-grade Ohio Graduation Test scores in reading, writing and social studies.

The large number of students also brings diversity to the district, said Doug Baker, district coordinator of public information.

Dublin schools have the third-largest number of English-language learners, he said.

"Dublin is one of the most diverse districts in the state," he said.

According to 2012 enrollment numbers from the Ohio Department of Education, Dublin City Schools have 2,536 Asian American students, 625 black students, 698 Latino students and 793 multi-racial students.

The rise in enrollment is affecting the district at the building level.

Dublin last opened a school -- Glacier Ridge Elementary School -- in fall 2006.

Voters approved bond money to build a 13th elementary school in 2008, but the district has been delaying the construction because growth slowed with the recession.

But growth has resumed.

Deputy Superintendent Michael Trego last week told board members many schools will not have space for open enrollment when the district starts to take requests next month.

"There will be restrictions in place when we get those open enrollment requests," he said.

In fact, Scioto High School will be the only high school with space for open enrollment, Trego said.

Four of the district's 12 elementary schools -- Bailey, Deer Run, Pinney and Wyandot elementary schools -- will have space for open enrollment, he said.

The board of education is expected to hear more about enrollment numbers and capacity during a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 in the central office.

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