Board OKs Mandarin Chinese course
Hilliard City Schools board members considered a handful of action items during a 10-minute meeting Aug. 27.
Board members approved two new courses of study: a third-year course of Mandarin Chinese for the district's three high schools and a performing-arts course for elementary students.
The Mandarin Chinese course will be offered in-house for the first time this year.
The previous two years, enrollment in the course was small enough that it was taught via live video. A course was added last year and with the additional of a third course this year, instruction will occur in the district.
A teacher will rotate among the three high schools with students in the two off-site schools on a given week continuing with instruction via live video.
Board members also approved an amendment to the Win-Win agreement, which allows suburban school districts to maintain their boundaries within the city of Columbus while paying a share of tax revenue for commercial properties that fall within Columbus.
About one year ago, it was discovered that Columbus City Schools inadvertently miscalculated a complicated portion of the Win-Win agreement formula, resulting in a several districts either overpaying or not paying enough of reimbursements owed to the Columbus schools, said district spokeswoman Amanda Morris.
Hilliard, along with suburban districts Dublin and South-Western, owe $96,170 to Columbus City Schools.
Payments were suspended while member districts worked with the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio to address the calculation error and adjust the payment plan.
The amendment to the agreement allows Hilliard and other member districts to resume the reimbursements and send those payments directly to the Educational Service Center of Central Ohio rather than to Columbus City Schools.
Lastly, board members reviewed an enrollment report.
As of Aug. 21, Hilliard City Schools had 15,783 students enrolled. That number is likely to decline slightly, Morris said.
One factor can be students who enrolled online, but might not have moved into the district.
"Sometimes it takes a few weeks to see which enrolled kids are coming to classes," she said.
Board members held a closed executive session after the regular meeting to discuss "the purchase of property for public purposes or the sale of property at competitive bidding."