On Nov. 6, voters approved Worthington Schools' issues 9 and 10, which will enable the district to keep up with increasing student enrollment and will maintain the programs we all value in our schools.
Issue 9, a 2.58-mill, $89 million bond, will provide funds to repair and expand our middle school buildings, as well as provide important funding to make improvements to other school buildings, replace technology and buy new buses.
Issue 10, a permanent incremental operating levy that will start at 2.9 mills and cap at 8.9 mills in the fourth year, will maintain current operations and programs as enrollment continues to increase.
Our success would not be possible without the help of many parents, community members and staff members. These volunteers worked tirelessly to get factual information into the hands of voters over the past few months.
District leaders now will begin to implement the first phase of the district's master facilities plan, which includes expanding and repairing the middle school buildings, beginning the design process on Thomas Worthington High School renovations and shifting a feeder elementary school to Worthington Kilbourne High School to balance enrollment.
Our plan is to make sure the community remains involved in this process as we plan for the future. Over the next few months, residents should look for communication from the district on specific information relating to timelines and processes for these changes to occur. We greatly appreciate the support of our community and will continue to focus on our mission to empower a community of learners who will change the world.
Trent Bowers is superintendent of Worthington Schools. Contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.