The annual state-of-the-schools report will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the Gahanna Lincoln High School cafeteria annex.

The annual state-of-the-schools report will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2, in the Gahanna Lincoln High School cafeteria annex.

Superintendent Gregg Morris will speak on the financial state of the schools, the new learning center and new educational initiatives.

"The annual state-of-the-schools presentation is a significant evening for everyone who lives in our school district," Morris said.

He said those attending would hear not just what the district has accomplished, "but the status of a number of critically important projects and programs that fulfill our mission of providing the best-quality education for our students."

School treasurer Julio Valladares also will speak, summarizing expenses and revenues for this and the next school year. Valladares already has released the school district's annual report, which shows a deficit for the first half of fiscal year 2011 if current revenues and expenses continue.

Board president Charley Wise will open the meeting.

Assistant superintendent Mark White will speak on current districtwide programs, including the elementary foreign-language program, all-day kindergarten, opportunities for the district's gifted students, home access for parents, technology and professional development.

High school principal Dwight Carter plans to provide an update on the new learning center's program and how it works with instruction at the high school.

The G-J schools began teaching elementary foreign language as an enrichment class two years ago. It was an after-school program for two hours twice a week in five-week sessions. This school year, the program was expanded to all elementary schools, again as an after-hours class. About 25 students are taking classes in Chinese or Spanish.

All-day kindergarten is another pilot program that was launched this year. Parent information night for the program in the 2009-10 year is scheduled for 7 p.m. March 2 in the high school auditorium.

gvickers@thisweeknews.com