Most people in Worthington know that I grew up attending Worthington Schools. My family moved to 790 Ashler Court in 1983 and as I get ready to turn 44 years old, I’m able to look back and reflect on how lucky I and those I grew up with were to have the opportunities we did in this school system. Worthington has always been a community that placed a very high value on the education of kids. It’s a community that pioneered alternative education in Ohio and it’s a community that has worked to protect a wide breadth of curricular and co-curricular options.
Last week I was reminded that Worthington is still a community that places education at the forefront. We held community meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday evening and I’d estimate that 600 to 700 people chose to brave single digit wind chills to help shape the future of our school district. Each night, as community members continued to stream into our high schools, I was struck by the realization that our community really cares about providing a first rate education for our children and that people want to set Worthington up for success now and into the future.
As we’ve worked on a long term plan for our land-locked school district that will address our aging facilities and our growing enrollment I’ve likened it a bit to the old game “Whac-a-Mole.” It’s a really complicated challenge. When we think we’ve created a solution in one area, it seems like that solution often creates a problem in a different area of the district. Thus, “Whac-a-Mole.”
In order to create a long-term plan, we need many eyes and many different voices. There is no simple solution in Worthington. There are positives and negatives for each option. I don’t believe that any of the four current options will be selected as a stand-alone option. It’s my belief that likely some positives will be pulled from multiple plans to create a final plan.
Our community task force is made up of almost 50 different members who were each chosen to represent a different group in our community. That team needs feedback from as many members of our community as possible before making recommendations to our Board of Education in late May or early June. The 600-700 people who showed up face-to-face provided their feedback. We’re hoping that the broader group will do the same. Please review the options and complete the survey at http://www.worthington.k12.oh.us/Domain/989. In addition, please ask those in your circle of influence to do the same.
Worthington has always been a community that places a high value on education. We appreciate your continued investment in making plans for our shared future.
- Trent Bowers, Superintendent