Tuesday is voting day! If you’re like me you’ve enjoyed the lead up to this election much more than our election last year. If you’re wondering if it’s worth coming out to vote on Tuesday, I’d urge you to do so. There are several important local items on this ballot and most important to Worthington Schools is our board of education election.
Worthington is a wonderful community that values public education. I choose to work here and to raise my kids here for that reason. We’re lucky in Worthington that we have extremely qualified candidates choosing to run for our board of education.
I’ve often wondered what I would think if someone in my own family wanted to run for a board of education (hypothetically of course as my position precludes this option). This is a critical role for our community but it’s often one that is thankless, comes with significant conflict, and requires an extreme amount of time. Not only does our board meet officially two evenings each month but committee meetings, goal setting retreats, and school events in a school district with 19 schools takes an immense commitment. I would hope that I would encourage my family member to pursue this endeavor but I’m not sure. This role certainly takes away from time with family and friends.
In Worthington we have six candidates who are qualified and committed to our school district. Incumbents Jennifer Best, Marc Schare and Sam Shim are running for re-election. Challengers P.R. Casey, Nikki Hudson and Amy Lloyd are running for seats on the board.
Board members make decisions on a wide range of issues, such as hiring and evaluating the superintendent and treasurer; setting district policy; planning student services; goal-setting and long-range planning; adopting curriculum; establishing budgets; engaging parents; being good fiscal stewards; acting in the best interest of the school district and within the scope of their legal authority; and creating community relations programs.
The board is a policymaking body and members are the chief advisers to the superintendent on community attitudes. Board members do not manage the day-to-day operations of a school district; they see to it that the system is managed well by professionals.
On Tuesday Worthington will fill three seats on the board of education. You can learn more about the candidates in this ThisWeek Community News article or by referencing the Columbus Dispatch Voters Guide. Vote!
- Trent Bowers, Superintendent