It is hard to believe, but we are in our final weeks of the school year.

Students and staff members remain busy both in and out of the classroom with spring sports, band and choir concerts, Advanced Placement testing and end-of-course exams, and award and scholarship banquets.

On May 20, Thomas Worthington and Worthington Kilbourne high schools will graduate 720 students.

More than 90 percent of our graduates will head to college this fall. We also have students who will go to careers at corporations like Abbott, Honda and Worthington Industries; are training to be first responders; and will serve our country in the military. I am confident that these young adults are living our mission and are ready to change the world.

It's also a big moment for our elementary and middle school students, who will transition into new schools this fall. Our middle and high schools have programs, such as "Where Everyone Belongs," freshman mentors and "LINK," in which upperclassmen ensure students feel welcomed and supported in their new environments.

Spring also is a time during which we say farewell to our retiring staff members. To the retiring members of the Worthington Schools family who will be moving on, we thank you for your unwavering support of our schools and students. Thank you for being a trusted adult to our young people and making a difference in their lives.

On the district level, the Worthington school is in the process of placing two funding issues on the November 2018 ballot.

State law prohibits districts from combining bond issues with incremental operating levies. It was important to the school board that the operating levy be phased in so that is more affordable for taxpayers and provides funding to our schools as needed. That's why voters will see two issues – a bond issue and an operating levy – on their ballots this fall.

After stretching the most recent levy cycle from three to six years, an operating levy will maintain programs, opportunities and services for our students. A bond issue will address the challenges of our aging schools, create capacity in our buildings for our growing enrollment and provide updated technology for all schools.

Thank you to everyone in the district for making the 2017-18 school year a success. It is an honor to serve as your superintendent.

Trent Bowers is superintendent of Worthington Schools. Contact him by email at