The Worthington school voters have many important choices to make in the next several weeks.

To the Editor:

The Worthington school voters have many important choices to make in the next several weeks.

In addition to choosing our president, there are many other candidates and important local issues on the ballot. I want to remind voters in the Worthington City School District that to protect the high quality of education that we expect in our community, Issues 53 and 54 need our support.

Over a two-year period, the state has cut funding to Worthington schools by $10 million, and the district has been responsible and accountable by freezing pay and requiring larger contributions to employee health-care plans. The district reduced costs by cutting $3 million, which included eliminating 49 positions. However, if Issue 53 fails, the cuts will be much deeper.

The need is real. Without this levy, another $10 million in cuts will occur over the next several years. Do we want to risk damaging the educational quality of our excellent school district?

Issue 54, a bond issue for building repairs and facility maintenance, will replace bond millage that is expiring so it will not increase our taxes. If we don't protect our schools -- inside and out -- we risk a decline in our property values and the future of our entire community.

Please remember that your vote counts. Support both Issues -- 53 and 54 -- to keep Worthington schools and our community strong.

Christy Gray
Worthington