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Preliminary numbers show improvement on state report card

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State report cards are set to come out next month, but preliminary numbers show good scores for Dublin City Schools.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley last week told Dublin Board of Education members preliminary results from the annual state report card are good.

The Ohio Department of Education releases preliminary scores to districts before the official reports come out in August.

"The preliminary reports are very positive," Hoadley told board members at a July 14 meeting.

According to Hoadley, unofficial, preliminary scores give Dublin City Schools a 108.4 Performance Index score, an increase over the 107.5 score on the 2012-13 report card.

"There's a full increase of 1 point on the district (performance index) score," he said.

Schools can earn a total of 120 points on the performance index score, which measures the test results of every student. The higher students score on state tests, the more performance index points are earned.

Last year's 107.5 points earned the district a grade of 89.6 or a B on the report card on the performance index.

Overall grades on the state report card are set to come out in 2015, but elsewhere on the 2012-13 state report card, Dublin City Schools earned an A for meeting all state indicators, a D for annual measurable objectives under gap closing, an A for the graduation rate and an overall A for value-added, which measures the amount of knowledge students gain from year to year.

In other district news, Treasurer Stephen Osborne said Dublin City Schools received its first payment from the city in a tax-increment financing deal.

The deal between the city and school district approved in April allows the city to create TIF districts in the Bridge Street District through Dec. 31, 2046.

The TIF districts collect increases in property taxes that result from improvements to the land and the money is used to fund infrastructure projects.

Property taxes usually go to the school district, but under the agreement, increases will go to infrastructure where TIF districts are established.

In return for the school district's cooperation, Dublin will pay the district $1.5 million annually from 2014 to 2045, with a $2 million payment set for 2046.

Money from the agreement will go to technology in the district and Osborne said only about $400,000 is left from the initial payment.

"We'll get the payment in June or July each year," he said.

A little more than $1 million of the first payment was used to purchase 1,300 computers to add more machines at the elementary schools and replace others at the high schools, said Michael Voss, district chief technology officer.

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