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Dear Families and Staff:


On June 27, the Worthington Schools Board of Education voted to place two issues on the Nov. 8 ballot. The decision to place these issues on the ballot came after months of discussion led by our district leadership team with the board, staff and community members.


The first is an incremental operating levy of 2.9 mills in year one, and then an increase of 2 mills in each of the next three years. Incremental operating levies are phased in to meet the needed expenses of the school district, instead of being collected all at one time. This would help fund day-to-day operations for the district including staffing, utilities, instructional supplies, and services.


The second is a combined bond and permanent improvement issue. The $234 million bond issue would fund Phase 2 of our Master Facilities Plan. As we’ve shared previously, Phase 2 involves renovating and replacing most sections of Thomas Worthington High School and renovating Worthington Kilbourne High School. The changes to Thomas Worthington will include creating a larger cafeteria, while also adding and modernizing science labs and other flexible learning spaces. At Worthington Kilbourne, the upgrades will be centered around allowing more natural light into student areas, installing a new roof, and modernizing the heating and cooling systems.


The permanent improvement levy is a funding source designated specifically for any asset or improvement with an estimated life or usefulness of five years or more. As such, the permanent improvement ballot issue would help meet the district’s ongoing needs for school buses, maintenance of our facilities, back-end technology, playground equipment, and furniture.


If both issues are passed on Nov. 8, taxes will increase by approximately $203 per $100,000 of appraised home value (per the county auditor, not Zillow!) in year one, and go up by $70 per year per $100,000 of appraised home value for the next three years.


We will share more information about these issues later this summer. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact me at tbowers@wscloud.org with any questions.


Trent Bowers

Superintendent

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Worthington Hills Parade

This year’s Worthington Hills parade theme is Live from Worthington Hills, it’s Saturday Night! The floats in this year's parade will have an SNL theme! The parade starts at noon on July 4th. There are other activities planned for the 4th of July weekend including softball, the Firecracker Trot 5K and FunFest!


You can see the entire parade route and find out more about all of the activities on the Worthington Hills Civic Association website.

Rotary Family Picnic

The Rotary Club of Dublin Worthington will host the return of the Rotary Family Picnic presented by FCBank on Monday, July 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on the front lawn of Thomas Worthington High School.


The event will feature giant inflatable SuperGames, activities by area scouts, music, and food. Admission is free. Find out more on their Facebook page.

Worthington Fireworks

Fireworks are set to begin at Thomas Worthington High School at 10 p.m! - Get more information (including parking restrictions) on the Worthington City website.