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Olentangy School District to re-zone with addition of fourth high school

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LEWIS CENTER, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- As one Central Ohio school district continues to expand, it's experiencing growing pains.

The construction of a fourth high school in the Olentangy School District mandated a shuffling of students to balance enrollment through the district. Last week's announcement means about 2,100 students will find themselves at new schools when Berlin High School opens in the fall of 2018.

Matt McDaniels' two young children won't be affected. They live close to their elementary school, so moving them would be impractical. McDaniels said the fact that district is successful has led to the growth.

"It's why we moved here," he said.

Mark Raiff, superintendent of the district, issued a video statement announcing the redistricting. He urged parents to continue to think of the district as "one Olentangy."

More than 700 students will be forced to switch elementary schools, more than 600 will switch middle schools and more than 700 high schoolers will be forced to move when the new school opens. But there is an exemption for some students. Students in the class of 2020, who go to Liberty and Orange High Schools, who have been reassigned to Olentangy High School, can stay at their original school. The only catch will be that the district won't supply transportation for them.

Find more info and see the district's announcement here.

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