Hilliard Superintendent John Marschhausen will deliver his fourth State of the Schools address with a new format and venue.

The Hilliard City Schools event will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Makoy Center, 5462 Center St.

Since his first State of the Schools address in 2014, Marschhausen had delivered his message at the performing-arts center at each of the district's three high schools on consecutive evenings.

This year, the district has partnered with the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce and Marschhausen will deliver a single address at the Makoy Center.

"Our mission is to prepare students to be 'Ready for Tomorrow' and that means ready to be productive members of our workforce," Marschhausen said. "Working together with our local business leaders will help teach students to be ready for the job market."

"Ready for Tomorrow" is not a new mantra for the district, but Marschhausen will explain how administrators and teachers view it every day, said district spokeswoman Stacie Raterman.

"(Marschhausen) will discuss how we balance academic skills with a mindset for success and discovery of interests, so students know their purpose when they graduate," Raterman said.

"It's the alignment and clarity of what we do every day with students."

Libby Gierach, president and CEO of the Hilliard Area Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber "is focused on working with our schools to develop a talented workforce."

"We believe in the district's mission of preparing students to be 'Ready for Tomorrow' as we know this will have a profound impact on our regional economic health," Gierach said.

" 'Ready for Tomorrow' is the foundation in Hilliard, and we know it's what sets us apart," Marschhausen said.

Doors will open at 6 p.m. for the event and begin with light hors d'oeuvres. Marschhausen's address is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m.

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