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Column: School district seeking input on needs

WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington School District 518 will be holding an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, followed by a public input meeting from 7 to 8 p.m., in regard to the future facility needs of the district. We are excited to show District...

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington School District 518 will be holding an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, followed by a public input meeting from 7 to 8 p.m., in regard to the future facility needs of the district.
We are excited to show District 518 residents the 20,000-square-foot addition that offers five classrooms (business education, health education), storage space, laundry room and a new band room. Additionally, the choir and orchestra space changed along with the enlargement of the cafeteria space. All of these changes are a part of the district’s long-term plan to meet the overall educational needs of the students/community. These changes are one step toward addressing the upgrading of facilities, enrollment needs and the district’s overall commitment to maintaining a quality educational system. Please take the opportunity to tour the new addition to the high school.
The school district will be hosting the input meeting after the open house. District residents will be encouraged to provide feedback to the board on the future direction of the district. The board has determined that a new high school should be presented to the voters of the district to help address the growing enrollment.
While the high school addition is one step in meeting the overall plans to meet this enrollment growth, further plans need to be made as to what should be included with a new high school plan and addressing items such as removal of the programs in the West Learning Center (ALC, Community Education, administrative offices, etc). There are also needs such as soccer fields, Trojan Field, gymnastics and so on. All of these as well as other identified needs will be a part of a short (15 minutes) presentation followed by input opportunities for those in attendance. We encourage you to become a part of our solution.
Also, in the month of February, the district will be utilizing a short electronic survey for students, parents and residents to provide further input into the direction of the district. We want to be sure to gather input prior to finalizing a future direction for the district’s facilities and grounds. The participation of district residents is vital in charting the final decisions for the district and determining what will be a part of the proposal for the November election.
Once the board makes a final decision on the direction for the district, we will schedule further public meetings to provide information about the plan as well as the overall need for the additional space or replacement of various grounds. These meetings will help to answer questions regarding the tax impacts, educational needs and overall reason for the promotion of this plan.
I have addressed in previous articles the need to provide a legacy for our community that will support the overall educational system as well as the economic growth of the communities in our district. Your participation will help guide this direction and build a strong school system that will also build a strong community. Please choose to be a part of the solution by getting involved.

John Landgaard is the superintendent of Worthington Independent School District 518.

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