Column: ISD 518 makes changes in communication coordination

Anne Foley leaves Community Education to take on new role within District 518.

Prairie Elementary building

WORTHINGTON — District 518 Schools is excited to once again be writing a weekly column for The Globe. These articles help inform our students, staff, parents and community members about changes, information, awards and many other happenings in the district.

After spending 13 years with District 518 Community Education, I chose to take the leap into the

district’s Public Relations/Communications Coordinator position. My new position with the district will have many new adventures, challenges and rewards ahead.

My belief in the district’s mission statement “Excellence in Action” is strong and I am hopeful that the work that takes place will elevate and improve communication in many different forms for all.

As a school district with over 3,361 students and 880 staff, we have many moving parts that happen each day. One of our goals is to ensure information is provided timely and accurately. Over 31 different languages are spoken in homes throughout District 518. We have made the effort to make sure that most documents, parent information, and important announcements are translated in more than one language.


The vision of changes ahead includes working towards having more information going out in a

coordinated effort. This includes our webpage, emails, Facebook page, Instagram page, See Saw, and Schoology, and more. Behind the scenes we will be working towards using the district’s video score boards at WHS, Trojan Field, and the Gymnastics Facility for adding more informational formats, along with current information being spotlighted. There are upcoming possible changes with WGTN-TV3 to provide additional programs, information, and educational opportunities for our schools and community. So stay tuned for changes ahead!

Construction projects are active in District 518. Our new Intermediate School building is scheduled to be completed in June. District 518 Community Education’s new building has beams being placed with a target completion date of January 2023. The school board has approved renovations to the district’s Administrative Offices to include office space for the current staff, along with Special Education, Teaching and Learning, and Food Service administration. This project is slated to start this summer and have a similar timeline as Community Education. Once West Learning Center has been vacated, demolition of the building would occur in the summer of 2023.

You will notice expanded connections with area public groups and business organizations such as the Worthington Area Chamber and Convention and Visitors Bureau, City of Worthington, Minnesota West, JBS, Bedford, and more.

Participation in the Worthington Chamber of Commerce’s Retail Committee has provided many great insights and education about today’s small business owner and ways to keep the connection to local brick and mortar locations.

Thank you for your past support for District 518. Please know that we are in the people business — whether it is students, parents, staff, or the communities that make up District 518. Feel free to reach out with your ideas, suggestions, or questions along the way. Stay warm in the days ahead.

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