A Welcome Back Message From Dr. Bowers
Welcome back for another great year in our Worthington Schools!
There is so much we have to celebrate – welcoming new students and staff, the kick-off of fall sports (Go Wolves and Go Cards!), and general planning for many upcoming school events and programs.
For most students, the first day of school is Wednesday, August 15th. Our 10th-12th graders will begin on Thursday, August 16th. Kindergarten students will have a staggered start on August 16th & 17th, while Sutter Park students begin during the week of August 27th. Please visit the Worthington Schools website for information on updating your emergency contact information for 2018.
On your first day of school, we are again encouraging families to share their photos on social media! Simply add #ItsWorthIt to your post on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and we will share your photos throughout the day and post on our website.
We are also excited to announce that Worthington Schools has its own app that you can download to your smartphone or tablet. The app will provide important and pertinent information, such as school alerts, customized calendars, lunch menus and much more.
I would also like to update you on an important issue that will impact both our community and schools this November.
Worthington Schools will be on the November 6, 2018, ballot for two separate issues: a bond levy and an operating levy. The bond issue will make critical upgrades to our schools to help manage our growing enrollment, upgrade technology, and purchase buses. The operating issue will maintain our current programs, staff, and services and help make up for losses in state funding to our schools.
Through responsible fiscal management, we have stretched the levy cycle from three to six years. At the same time, enrollment has increased – the district experienced the addition of 1,000 new students since 2012 and is expected to add 800 more over the next five years. During this period of growth, state funding has not kept pace. In fact, state funding has been reduced by $7 million over the last five years.
Without additional funding, the district is at the point where operating expenses would have to be reduced which would affect the programs that are currently offered to students.
As a school district, we feel it is important to be open and honest with our families so you have all the information you need to make this important decision. In the coming months, you will be hearing more about these two issues and the impact both will have on our schools.
Additional information is available at this link on the Worthington Schools website. You can also “like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for real time information about our schools and the bond and operating levies.
Our mission in Worthington is to “Empower a community of learners who will change the world!” On behalf of our board of education, teachers, principals and staff, we will continue to strive to meet our mission for you and our students everyday.