As we head into the Thanksgiving holiday we have lots to be thankful for in Worthington. I’m thankful for our committed teachers and support staff who take seriously their role in making sure that every child in Worthington Schools has a trusted adult who they know cares about them and believes in them. I’m thankful that our primary teachers focus on helping every child learn to read and I’m thankful at the secondary level that our teachers have embraced a new math curriculum resource and they’ve made the changes necessary in their classrooms to challenge all students to higher levels of growth.
I’m thankful that we have a fleet of bus drivers who drive over one million miles each year and are willing to begin and end their day in the dark and deal with inclement weather and traffic while having a remarkable record of keeping students safe. I’m thankful for a food service team that continues to try and introduce more fresh and healthy options for our students while also operating the food service budget so that it is cost neutral to the general fund budget.
I’m thankful that we have a dedicated team of fifty community members who have met for fifteen months to create a long-term Facilities Master Plan that will help us manage our aging buildings, the need to balance our high school student population, and to make certain we have the capacity for all students. I expect that plan to be presented to the Board of Education on December 11th.
I’m thankful that families are choosing Worthington. Our student enrollment has grown by approximately 1,000 students over the past five years and we’re predicted to continue to grow by another 800 students or more. According to the Columbus Dispatch, Worthington is one of the top ten fastest growing school districts in Ohio.
Finally, I’m thankful for the amazing students who attend this school district. We have students who volunteer their time to help others. We have students who work daily to solve problems big and small. We have students in Worthington who challenge us as adults to think differently, to be more culturally sensitive and to increase the rigor of our courses because they demonstrate the capacity to succeed at higher levels. Our students excel in the arts and in athletics (5 state championships since May) and our students are sure to leave Worthington prepared to Change the World.
There is a great deal to be thankful for in Worthington right now! I hope you have a great holiday with your loved ones.
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent