Several hundred people – more than 350 March 14 and about 200 March 15 – attended Worthington City Schools’ facilities meetings last week at Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high schools.

Tracy Richter of DeJong-Richter gave a presentation about the current state of Worthington’s facilities and talked about the district’s increasing enrollment and aging buildings. DeJong-Richter is the consulting firm helping the district complete a master facilities plan.

With projected enrollment expected to increase by 800 students in five years, the district needs capacity solutions, he said. Current enrollment is 9,710 students.

It was the district’s third set of community meetings since December 2016.

School board President Jennifer Best said the meetings were part of the ongoing facilities planning process.

“We were really excited about the turnout,” she said. “It’s so great to see the community so engaged and willing to listen to the proposals and share their ideas. We hope everyone who could not attend will take the online survey.”

The facilities survey will be available for the next two weeks on the district website, The six options for the facilities plan also are available on the website.

Read the full story in the March 23 edition of the ThisWeek Worthington News.