Worthington Schools' rescheduled State of the Schools event will be at 7 p.m. March 21 at Worthington Kilbourne High School. (Editor's note: The address originally was slated Feb. 7, but a heavy snowfall the evening of Feb. 6 created a Level 2 snow emergency for Franklin County early in the day and led the district to cancel all evening events, including the address.)

District leaders invite all members of the community to join us.

This important event provides an opportunity to share not only our stories of success and progress, but also the challenges ahead for our schools and community.

Through video and live performances, we are pleased to highlight many great achievements by our students, teachers and staff members from all grade levels and a variety of schools.

Our students are succeeding academically and developing into leaders in the community. We also will feature stories about our staff members and how they are working with students to achieve our district mission: "To empower a community of learners who will change the world."

We do have a lot to celebrate, but it is also important that we communicate with residents on the challenges ahead and how the district is planning for the future.

We are faced with the need to make decisions when it comes to reductions in state funding, aging facilities, balancing enrollment in our high schools and multiple buildings that are nearing or over capacity.

The district has welcomed 1,000 new students over the past five years, and projections show approximately 800 more are expected in the next five. This places us among the 10 fastest growing school districts in Ohio.

By attending the State of the Schools, community members will learn more about our plan to address these issues and how a community-led task force has helped develop a plan for the future that identifies solutions for our most urgent facility and operational needs.

Join us March 21 to help celebrate our great schools and wonderful community. I am confident you will be impressed, not only with our accomplishments and the value we bring to the Worthington community, but also with our commitment to continue moving our excellent schools forward.

Trent Bowers is superintendent of Worthington Schools. Contact him by email at tbowers@wscloud.org.