Meeting with our community members always has been important to Worthington Schools leaders.

These are your schools. We need to understand what is important to residents so that we may provide the education that reflects our community's values.

The next few months are important for the future of Worthington Schools. On Nov. 6, the community will vote on Issue 9 and Issue 10. We want our residents to be informed and we want to answer any questions people may have about the schools and especially before they head to the polls.

As a result, we have scheduled additional opportunities for residents to learn more about our schools and get their questions answered.

Worthington Schools administrators will be on hand for Community Coffees at the following times, dates and locations:

* 8 a.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at the Worthington Panera Bread, 85 Worthington Mall.

* 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road.

* 5 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Griswold Center, 777 High St.

* 7 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Worthington Community Center, 345 E. Wilson Bridge Road.

* 10 a.m. Oct. 10 at the Worthington Community Center.

* 8 a.m. Oct. 12 at the Polaris Panera Bread, 1391 Polaris Parkway.

* 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.

* 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Lazelle Woods Community Center, 8140 Sancus Blvd.

Please take the opportunity to attend one or more of these events and bring a family member, friend or neighbor. We are prepared to answer your questions and want to provide any and all information needed going into Election Day.

I hope to meet you soon.

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