I recently attended an Educate Worthington meeting, where I was under the impression that we were going to discuss the Worthington school levies.
To the Editor:
I recently attended an Educate Worthington meeting, where I was under the impression that we were going to discuss the Worthington school levies. Instead, I was disappointed to sit through two hours of pessimism and politicking.
The guest speaker was Kelly Kohls, a Springboro school board member. Her tone was critical, rather than collaborative and constructive. I saw very little respect toward teachers or any community members who didn't hold her view. She implied that the only reason a school system would ever need a levy was due to fiscal irresponsibility.
Because no one had a chance to address Mrs. Kohls at the meeting, I would like to tell her a little about Worthington. I moved here because I could see the pride people have in the community and schools. I see a desire to work together to maintain our excellence. I am proud to live in a community that understands that teachers are professionals who work hard to provide kids with an excellent education.
Contrary to her rhetoric, our teachers are not out to get us. In fact, Worthington teachers understand that these are hard times for everyone and have agreed to wage freezes and to paying more for health care.
The Worthington school district is responsible with our tax dollars. The district has cut $3 million since 2009, including 40 staff positions. But cuts and pay freezes just can't keep up with the realities of a $10 million cut in state funding, or that our tax base has decreased significantly with the state's elimination of local business taxes.
No, I don't do a happy dance when I get my tax bill, but I know that it is worth it to live in a great community. We are not an "us vs. them" community. In Worthington, it's just us.