The last of the Worthington school district's 2006 bond-issue funds will be used on projects this summer.

The last of the Worthington school district's 2006 bond-issue funds will be used on projects this summer.

According to district treasurer Jeff McCuen, the district will return to taxpayers for another bond issue, plus an operating levy, in November 2012.

Voters approved a no-new-millage bond issue in 2006 that provided $37.5 million for repairs of property and replacement of buses and computers.

On April 25, the Worthington Board of Education approved advertising for bids for the final projects, which are estimated to cost $3.7 million.

One project is to remove the track at Perry Middle School. The track, which is in poor condition, will be seeded and turned into playing fields for the community because Perry no longer is being used as a traditional middle school. The Phoenix School is there now.

If it someday returns to being a middle school, the track could be replaced, Superintendent Melissa Conrath said.

The Worthingway Middle School track will be replaced. The new track will be one-fifth of a mile long instead of the current one-sixth of a mile.

The additional distance is needed so that it meets regulations for school meets, district spokesperson Vicki Gnezda said.

Also in the packages being bid is a heat-pump replacement for the Worthington Education Center; mechanical improvements at Evening Street Elementary School, Worthingway and Phoenix Middle School; and parking-lot and concrete replacements at several locations.

After the funds for these projects are spent, remaining in the capital improvements fund will be a $2.5-million contingency fund and approximately $1.1 million that has been earned in interest, for a total of $3.6 million.

Also on Monday, the board accepted these retirements:

Karen Cellar, Liberty Elementary School. Deborah Cook, English, Thomas Worthington. Janet Fish, English, Thomas Worthington. Grace Matchett, art, Thomas Worthington. Carolyn McGrath, English, Thomas Worthington. Myriam Posso, school nurse, Worthington Christian.

The board also granted salary increases to 18 teachers for completing additional education.