Part of the Dublin Difference is our commitment to ensuring we use taxpayer dollars in the most cost effective manner possible.

Part of the Dublin Difference is our commitment to ensuring we use taxpayer dollars in the most cost effective manner possible.

Some members of our community have expressed the sentiment, "the schools should be run like a business."

While we are decidedly different in most respects from a for-profit business, we have indeed embraced private sector business concepts designed to make our organization more efficient in an effort to maximize taxpayer dollars.

Our District has embraced the concepts involved in Lean Six Sigma, a managerial philosophy used by many of the world's leading private sector companies, including many located within our district.

Using these data-driven, problem-solving techniques, we are implementing a new copier and printer program this coming school year designed to reduce copier and printer costs district wide. We are expecting to reduce the number of printers in our district by about half, reducing leasing costs as well as paper and ink use.

In addition to our efficiency programs, we are also continuously looking for alternative sources of revenue. We aggressively pursue available grants and we successfully rent our school facilities to a wide variety of groups.

Our facilities, such as gyms, stadiums, classrooms, and auditoriums, have been made available for public rental when they are not being used for school activities. School activities are always given priority when it comes to facility use.

In fiscal year 2013, the district brought in more than $575,000 in facility rental revenue. This revenue stream has increased steadily for the past two years, hitting more than $600,000 in fiscal year 2014 and more than $650,000 in fiscal year 2015.

Our three high school stadiums are our most popular rental venues, bringing in more than $140,000 in the last fiscal year alone.

The investment the community made in the synthetic fields at the stadiums in 2004 is a big reason the stadiums are able to produce revenue when not in use for school activities. The synthetic turf has enabled the District to rent the facilities on a significantly more frequent basis than would be possible with grass fields.

This rental revenue stream largely funded the replacement of the synthetic turf at all three high schools prior to last school year.

This self-sufficient model has greatly benefitted our students as well, allowing for much greater use of the stadiums than would be possible with grass.

In addition to being revenue producers, the fields have also saved the district thousands of dollars in watering, fertilizer, and staff hours that otherwise would have been spent mowing and top-dressing grass fields.

Renting out our facilities has proven to be a successful way to bring in alternative revenue, and we will continue to pursue revenue sources that will benefit our students, taxpayers, and the entire Dublin community.

Your schools are in heavy use during the summer months when they are not undergoing maintenance and upgrades. Summer school and a variety of summer camps are housed in our buildings during the summer months.

These cost savings and revenue generation programs on the operational side of our District are important because we can direct these funds into the classroom.

According to the Ohio Department of Education, our District is ranked number one among 14 similar sized districts in the percentage of their budgets directed to the classroom.

In order to continue to lead the way in classroom spending, we need to be tireless in our search for cost savings and alternative revenue sources.

Brion Deitsch, the Dublin City School District's chief operating officer submitted the School Notes column.