We’re a month and a half past the passage of Issues 9 & 10 for Worthington Schools. Internally we transitioned from campaign mode to implementation mode. We’re actively meeting with groups to determine how we will structure our 6-8th-grade middle schools and what the design and construction will look like. We’re setting up a representative feeder pattern committee to make the necessary changes to balance our high school enrollment and we’re getting ready to install a new phone system in every classroom and a visitor management system in each office.
While we’re moving forward, there isn’t a day that has gone by since November 6th that someone hasn’t stopped me on the street to say a sincere congratulations. I’ve been overwhelmed by the community support for Worthington Schools. Senior citizens have called me to share stories about why Worthington Schools means so much to them. They tell me about their children’s experiences and often their grandchildren’s experiences. I’ve heard from current families about teachers, coaches and bus drivers who have made a positive difference in a child’s life and I’ve heard from families who don’t yet have kids in school who share that the schools are why they moved to Worthington.
I’m struck by how important Worthington Schools is to people. I’m humbled that at this time in history we get to be the custodians of this institution and build upon the legacy of those who have come before us have built while we attempt to leave Worthington better than when we arrived. We are all blessed to work in this school district in this community. The work is hard for sure. Resources in public education are always a little less than we’d like and the challenges are real. But this fall I was reminded that many, many, many people care deeply about the work you we every day for kids.
In Worthington our goal is for our students to feel the same support from our staff as we do from the community. I hope as you head into the holidays your students know how much each and every one of them means to us.
It’s been a great fall in Worthington! Today we finish the first semester of the 2018-2109 school year. Enjoy the break. Happy Holidays!
Trent Bowers, Superintendent