Worthington Schools is a large organization with 1,250 employees. It’s our expectation that as you interact with our employees it is a positive experience. We expect that our employees are “present” and thus really engaged in your needs. Do we hit the mark 100% of the time? No. But we are actively striving for improvement.
With that goal in mind a family recently shared a story with me that warmed my heart. I heard the story from the grandfather of the students who will be attending our school district this fall. His daughter had been living out of state for the past decade. Because of a recent change in their family situation she would be moving back to Worthington and had rented a home in a Worthington neighborhood. In May they registered his grandchildren for the 2016-2017 school year and made an appointment at the school so the students could see where they would go to school.
The grandparent shared that our school principal dropped everything to give them a tour. The principal showed them each area of the school, gave high fives, provided them with pencils with their new school name on it and really made them feel welcome. In addition, the principal was able to spend some time with this man’s daughter to learn about her children’s recent transition and he assured her that he would place the students with empathetic teachers who would help the children grow and also would be attuned to their social-emotional needs. The grandfather was really thankful that they had been provided this experience and he wanted me to know about it.
When he told me this story, I thought immediately that this is exactly what is supposed to happen. Our principal did exactly what we in Worthington would want. I’m certain that something else didn’t get done. It’s possible that another parent’s phone call had to be made later in the evening or that some bus discipline was delayed. There are always trade-offs, but by being present our principal helped a family who needed to feel things were going to be O.K.
I’m proud to work with people everyday who are willing to drop everything and make certain a family is comfortable coming to school!
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent