Residents in the Dublin City School District can expect to learn more about a future levy request next year.

Residents in the Dublin City School District can expect to learn more about a future levy request next year.

Superintendent Todd Hoadley said growth of student enrollment at the middle and high school levels is exceeding capacity and will be what forces the district to request a levy.

Glacier Ridge Elementary School is one of the buildings strained by enrollment growth.

Principal Pete Kurty said the school has grown from 525 students to more than 700 in the four years since he became principal. Many neighborhoods near the school are still expanding and "We're still continuing to grow," he said.

This school year Glacier Ridge opened four new classrooms in which to house students, and all four are filled, Kurty said. Although instruction hasn't changed within classes, the school is becoming crowded in common areas such as the gymnasium and cafeteria, he said.

The district passed a combination $15.87 million bond issue and 6.4-mill levy in 2012.

During that campaign, the district promised the funding would last for three years, Hoadley said.

"We've been able to stretch it to four," he said.

Next year, the district will pursue academic endeavors as well as financial ones.

The district has scheduled a kickoff event is planned Feb. 11 at Sells Middle School and Indian Run Elementary School for its new initiative, Parent University.

Hoadley said the goal is to strengthen the partnership between the district and parents. The event will include a full day of learning opportunities for parents.

"We always want to be collaborating and strengthening that partnership between home and school," Hoadley said, because it results in a better experience for students.

Staff members also will be paying close attention to making sure students are prepared for the world after they leave Dublin City Schools.

Hoadley said they will look next year into what high schools should become in the future. As part of that conversation, during the first six months of the year, staff members will engage with the community to develop a portrait of a graduate.

The goal is to figure out what skills, knowledge and traits a Dublin student should have in 2017 and beyond, he said.

"We see this as a really important conversation," Hoadley said, because of how rapidly the world is changing.

Other electives or requirements could be developed as a result of the conversation surrounding what Dublin students require to graduate, Hoadley said.

For example, a public finance course will now be a graduation requirement for freshmen who begin high school in fall of 2017, Hoadley said.

That change was made because of the feedback the district had heard about skills students required in that field. The course will be made an elective next year, but it won't be mandatory.

The district wants to define what it means to be "college and career ready," said Courtney Heppner, the district's chief innovation officer.

Public sessions will most likely be held over a few days to give parents, teachers, students, and industry partners the chance to clearly articulate what a graduate should know and be able to do, she said.

"This isn't just a central office thing," Heppner said.

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