It's time to welcome students and staff members back for another great year in Worthington Schools.

We have so much to celebrate: welcoming new students and staff, beginning fall sports (go Wolves and go Cards!) and planning for many school events and programs.

This year, the district will have many new faces, including new leaders at all building grade levels, when classes begin Wednesday, Aug. 15, for grades 1 to 9 and Thursday, Aug. 16, for grades 10 to 12.

We look forward to welcoming elementary principals Sherri Berridge (Colonial Hills), Craig Belair (Liberty) and Jennifer Young (Worthington Park). We also welcome McCord Middle School assistant principal Josh Almanson and Thomas Worthington High School assistant principal Megan Kirsten.

Those principals will join 40 new teachers in our school buildings.

We are pleased to have them as part of the Worthington Schools family.

We also are excited to announce that Worthington Schools has its own app that can be downloaded to a smartphone. The app will provide important and pertinent information, such as school alerts, customized calendars, lunch menus and much more.

Along with general preparations for the 2018-19 school year, I would like to take this opportunity to update residents on an important issue that will affect both our community and schools.

Worthington Schools will be on the Nov. 6 ballot for two separate issues: a bond issue and an operating levy. The bond issue would fund critical upgrades to our schools to help us manage our increasing enrollment, upgrade technology and purchase buses; the operating issue would maintain our programs, staff and services and would help make up for losses in state funding.

District leaders believe it is important to be open and honest with residents so you have all the information you need to make this important decision.

In the coming months, you will hear more about these two issues and how they would affect our excellent schools.

More information is available on the Worthington Schools website, worthington.k12.oh.us, including answers to frequently asked questions, videos about enrollment and state-funding reductions and information on voter registration and early voting.

Residents also can "like" us on Facebook at Worthington Schools and follow us on Twitter at @wcsdistrict.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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