I have loved watching my children graduate from both Thomas Worthington and Kilbourne high schools.

To the Editor:

I have loved watching my children graduate from both Thomas Worthington and Kilbourne high schools.

Since then, I've watched them mature into successful adults, and I know that the Worthington City School District deserves a lot of the credit.

Because of their great experience, some of my children have settled in Worthington, and now many of my grandchildren are lucky enough to be a part of the same great school district. So when I see the Worthington school district, which has already done so much for my family, put two local issues on the ballot, I pay attention.

They are asking for a small increase in local funding in order to make up for the $10 million of funding cuts they have received from the state. While I'm not generally a fan of increasing millage, I've learned that we have one of the lowest effective millage rates in central Ohio and therefore, low property taxes. But those low taxes also mean low local funding.

The district has tightened its belt and made $3 million in budget cuts, including cuts to staff, wages and benefits. But I worry that further cuts will damage education.

As residents of the Worthington school district whose children are no longer attending school, I still feel it is important to fund our schools not only because we care about our kids but also because we care about our community and its welfare.

Excellent schools also preserve our home values.

My children may have graduated from high school, but I still want to preserve the promise of efficient, accountable and high-quality education that Worthington offered us for decades. I hope your readers will join me in voting for Issues 53 and 54.

Beth Chilcoat
Worthington