Olentangy Local School District officials are seeking input on five proposed redistricting plans for the elementary schools.

Olentangy Local School District officials are seeking input on five proposed redistricting plans for the elementary schools.

More than 300 Olentangy residents attended a community meeting Jan. 24 to review the proposed plans and offer comments. People are invited to provide feedback online through a survey at the above link until through Tuesday, Jan. 31.

Information on the plans is available at www.dejongrichter.com/projects/olsd.

In December, the district formed a committee of 55 community volunteers to help develop redistricting plans. The need resulted from the district's decision to make Heritage Elementary School a kindergarten-through-fifth-grade building. It currently houses an all-day kindergarten program.

By state law, the final decision rests with Superintendent Wade Lucas, but school officials as a practice have sought community input when redistricting.

Mark Iannotta, co-chair of the committee, said the board set general parameters that the plans were to meet:

• There should be a strong sense of community.

• All children deserve the same educational opportunities.

• Enrollment should be balanced among all buildings

• Transportation efficiency and safety should be taken into consideration.

• There should be no association with any other political boundaries.

• Continuity of the path that a student follows between grade levels should be taken into consideration.

Iannotta has volunteered for six redistricting committees; he said the student population densities in various areas have changed considerably since he first helped in 1994.