Dublin City School District boundaries are now permanent as a result of an agreement between the district and Columbus City Schools.

Dublin City School District boundaries are now permanent as a result of an agreement between the district and Columbus City Schools.

That agreement, approved by Dublin's Board of Education Saturday, May 28, replaces Dublin's previous inclusion in the agreement -- termed "Win-Win" -- among Columbus City Schools and several area suburban school districts.

That agreement, which was up for negotiation through the end of this month, held that any property in the city of Columbus that was served by a suburban school district as of 1986 remains there as long as the accord is in place.

In return, Columbus schools get 1 percent of the tax growth, capped at $1.15 million, from new construction of commercial and industrial properties in Columbus areas the suburban districts serve.

Property annexed into Columbus after 1986 automatically entered Columbus City Schools.

As a result, what have been termed "Win-Win islands," which don't connect to the original Columbus school district, today are scattered throughout outlying areas of Franklin County.

The resolution affects more than 5,400 students who live in the former Win-Win area of the Dublin City School District.

As a result of the new agreement between Dublin and Columbus, those students and their families no longer have to worry about where they would go to school every six years when the Win-Win agreement had come up for negotiation, said Lynn May, Dublin school board president.

"No doubt can creep in," she said. "It's permanent. The end."

Dublin Superintendent Todd Hoadley said he doesn't look at the change as withdrawing from the existing Win-Win agreement but instead as developing a new one.

"I feel really good about our new agreement," Hoadley said.

Under the previous agreement, Dublin had paid CCS $1.15 million annually.

Hoadley said Dublin will make two more payments: one next month, and one in June 2017.

Under the agreement, CCS officials have five years to decide if they'd like to receive transfer into their district of land owned by the Ohio State University used as an airport and for agricultural purposes.

If, in 2021, CCS decides against taking that land, Dublin would make a final payment that year, Hoadley said.

Because the land is owned by OSU and used for academic purposes, it's not taxable, Hoadley said.

OSU officials in June 20, 2015, said they intend to keep at least 1,000 of the 1,300 acres of Don Scott Field airport property used as an airport.

The remaining 300 acres, however, might be considered for development.

Dublin officials said they have long been concerned about the property as a liability.

If the land's zoning were to be changed to residential, more students would be added to their already crowded district.

Hoadley said he hopes CCS officials would be interested in the property in five years' time regardless of whether there is evidence of development there.

Whereas April 1 was the beginning of the 60-day negotiation window for the Win-Win agreement, Hoadley said district officials met with the Columbus Superintendent Dan Good in March to communicate the district's goals.

The interest, he said, was always to relieve Dublin's residents who lived in Win-Win territory from having to worry about redistricting.

Dublin board members April 25 unanimously voted to pursure making the district's borders permanent.

Hoadley said he's appreciative of the CCS leadership team for a collaborative negotiation process as well as the Dublin board members for giving of their time for district residents.