The Wo’Town Hoedown

Wo'TownSome people may describe Worthington as an established inner-ring suburb with relatively high housing density and a new urbanist vibe.  Others may describe Worthington as a quaint New England town situated in the Midwest.  Those would all be accurate descriptions of Worthington but on October 21st we’re going country!

Country you say?  That’s right country!  October 21st is the date for the Wo’Town Hoedown!  They say that the Wo’Town Hoedown will be a time to saddle up and get ready for a boot-stompin’ good time!

We’ll have:

  • BARBEQUE from Oak Hill BBQ!
  • Delicious samples from J. Gilbert’s, Rusty Bucket, Panera, and Aladdin’s
  • Cash Bar
  • Rob Mottice and THE APPLE BOTTOM GANG will be live on site!

There will be live and silent auctions! Raffles galore!

The event will be held outside the Shops at Worthington Place, 7:00-10:00 p.m. and you’re encouraged to wear your favorite western garb! Yee Ha!

This event is the primary fundraiser for the Worthington Education Foundation.  The Foundation was formed on May 4, 1988, by a group of community leaders dedicated to making the educational experience of our children something extraordinary. Their goal was to make funds available for educational projects that went beyond the basic curriculum and would not otherwise be funded with tax dollars.

Over its nearly 25 year history, the Foundation has raised over $405,000 in contributions and awarded over 400 grants totaling over $310,000 to Worthington teachers and staff to fund exciting and innovative educational projects for our students. These projects range across all schools, grade levels, and subject areas.

We’re going country and we’d love for you to join us!  Purchase tickets asap at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wotown-hoedown-tickets-36978889855

  • Trent Bowers, Superintendent
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“Our goal is to continually improve…”

HelpingOn September 14th the Ohio Department of Education will release district and school report cards for the 2016-2017 school year.  Our district, just like the hundreds of other districts across the state, is feeling the effects of a system that has changed the way it measures proficiency.  When the report card is released you’ll see Worthington receive grades ranging from A’s to F.  No matter what grade ODE provides us on an indicator we’ll never be satisfied. Our goal is to continually improve and see Worthington students succeed at higher and higher levels.

Our data from last year is very positive.  Worthington students continue to achieve at high levels relative to students across Ohio.  On average Worthington achieved 17% higher than the state overall.  But, let’s be honest.  We have a lot of advantages in Worthington and our students should achieve above the state average.

This year we showed improvement in 19 of the 23 academic achievement indicators.  The average improvement gain was 4.6%.  In addition we improved our performance index score by over 2.5% which indicates that students passed at higher levels than in previous years.  Beyond that in 2016-2017 we saw improved scores in our student subgroups.  Finally, more Worthington students took advanced courses such as AP, IB and College Credit Plus than in previous years.  

While the actual letter grades may be confusing our 2016-2017 report card saw improvements in every graded area.  We improved in Achievement, Gap Closing, K-3 Literacy, Students Prepared for Success, and the 4-Year Graduation Rate.  The one exception is our 5-Year Graduation Rate, which slipped slightly from 96.4 to 96.1.

As we work everyday in our classrooms to see improvement our continuous improvement plan focuses on four strategies.  

  • Creating a culture of empathy and support.
  • Increasing achievement in all content areas through development of skills in reading  informational text.
  • Increasing achievement in all content areas by developing skills in writing to make learning visible.
  • Increasing the level of cognitive rigor of instruction across all levels and areas of content.

When you step into our schools you’ll see these four strategies in every Worthington classroom at developmentally appropriate levels.  We feel like we’re absolutely on the right track with our students and if the State keeps the standards and assessments consistent year over year we believe we will continue to see increased student growth and achievement.

  • Trent Bowers, Superintendent
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How reappraisal affects Worthington Schools

reappraisalLast week my family received a letter in the mail  from Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo.  I was kind of afraid to open it….All Worthington City Schools residents recently received a similar letter with the updated values for your property as part of the Franklin County Auditor’s 2017 reappraisal process. The reports show that Worthington City Schools residents are expected to realize an increase in values of approximately 12.5% on residential property.

The 12.5% is the average increase of all properties.  Those whose valuation has gone up more than the average will see a larger increase in taxes and those whose valuation increase is less than the average will see a smaller increase and in some cases a decrease in their tax bill.

The first question many residents may have is: “Will my property taxes go up 12.5 percent?” The answer is no. While each property owner will be impacted differently, the average tax bill increase will be about 1.96% for our residents. This is a result of a state law, more commonly known as House Bill 920, which limits inflationary growth on taxes.

While HB 920 protects homeowners from large increases in taxes, it also prohibits school districts from collecting additional revenue from increases in property values. So unless new tax issues are passed, local revenue for schools remains relatively stagnant.  One exception to HB 920 is something called “inside millage”which is 4.5 mills for the Worthington district.  This is the only portion of the tax rate permitted to increase or decrease with valuation.

So while the average increase in property value was 12.5% the increase in revenue for Worthington Schools is expected to be less than 1% of our operating revenue.

-Trent Bowers, Superintendent

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