Local Stories about the Worthington School District

 

Our two local papers, the Worthington News and This Week in Worthington, are the primary source of district news for the 70% of residents who do not have children in the district. This page will make it easier to look at the contents of these papers. The Columbus Dispatch periodically covers our district as well, usually around levy time. Effective May 16, 2007, articles and letters from the Worthington News that do not appear on their web site are scanned and made available here. These articles are not searchable.

 

Previous Years: 2006  

 

DATE

This Week in Worthington / Dispatch

Worthington News

Letters to the Editor / Commentary

01/03/2008   School district focused on '21st-century learning' in '08  
12/26/2007 2007 Year in Review
 
  Give National Honor Society another chance

School has a longstanding anti-bullying program

Letters have outraged Worthington Park students

12/19/2007 School officials puzzled by dip in state ranking Phoenix School soared, district's state ranking fell in '08

Granby students' solidarity extends to Japanese lessons

Students can earn Honor without Society
12/12/2007   Parents say NHS needs fix, not axe School was right to leave National Honor Society / District should try to fix program before dropping it / District cannot continue to ignore bullying problem
12/05/2007 TWHS AMONG 13 CENTRAL OHIO HIGH SCHOOLS TO MAKE U.S. NEWS LIST SOAR award signals growth in four local school districts

State law could leave bills for parents of kindergartners

Bullying is unacceptable / Bullies often learn through violence, unfortunately.
11/28/2007 EVENING STREET, ESTATES WIN SOAR ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS

WKHS PARENTS TRY TO RETURN HONOR SOCIETY TO SCHOOLS

Grants help district staff's innovative projects take shape

Lost Society

BUILDING SCHOOLS THAT OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS (Guest Column)

Elementary School Bullying Remains a Concern

11/21/2007 Student charged for alleged threats to blow up lockers at Thomas Worthington School leaders soaring on second state award.

Sophomore faces felony charges

 
11/14/2007 Booster shots for whooping cough given to students and teachers

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IS KEY TO INNOVATIVE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Official encourage whooping cough booster shots

Winning state award is a 'bonus' for science teachers

WHOOPING COUGH OFFERS A 'TEACHABLE MOMENT'
11/07/2007 KEEGAN, WILSON WIN SCHOOL BOARD SEATS

TEENS URGED TO GET WHOOPING COUGH SHOTS TO HALT SPREAD  
 

Thomas actors bring paranoia of witch trials to stage

Keegan will join Wilson on Worthington school board

 
10/31/2007 No debate: Candidates answers follow suit

Threats of bombs and violence rock TWHS


Schools to offer booster shots to combat whooping cough outbreak
 

Police 'chasing down rumors' in threats

District mounts 'aggressive' fight against pertussis

Wilson Hill's Energy fair teaches students how to conserve

Wilson will continue to push toward excellence/Elected board members need to represent all residents


 
10/24/2007 Wilson's life a testament to importance of education

New forecast shows no need for levy in '08 

Legislation would change school districts' grades


School board candidates express their views on local issues

Board member: No reason for levy request until 2009

Elementary schools take on red hue, antidrug attitude

Residents' suggestions help to plan '21st century learning'

Union demands should not be rubber-stamped


 Reading from the rooftops is a proper (and cheap) reward
 

10/17/2007 Candidate Julie Keegan says change must be a constant during next term
 

 

Perry, McCord athletes celebrate together at pep rally

Sutter Park on standby as elementary enrollment rises

Funding, report card require proactivity, Scott says

Schare pleads guilty to 'carefully watching money'
 
10/10/2007 District health costs rising faster than projected in '05 contract

Scott wants to carry on family tradition of service to Worthington schools
 

 

Officials optimistic about district's financial situation

Thomas takes on wide range of plays, musicals

Keegan: Time at schools will help in tackling challenges

 

Further study of solar power would be a waste of resources / Board members should stop micro-managing district


Don't criticize Dann for K+ ruling / Board shouldn't approve costly health care plans

All Day Kindergarten should be standard

10/03/2007   Wilson: Experience, Skills, Important to School Board Dann chastised for doing his job/Committee should have shopped around/Micromanaging is a problem

Health plan approval showed disregard for taxpayers/Board approval of 'Cadillac' health care plan a mistake

09/26/2007 Taxpayers to pay kindergarten fees
 
'Rubber stamp' of health plan fires up board member

All-day kindergarten joins Metro School on costly list

Worthington schools can be proud of two leaders
 

Conrath, Schare build trust between residents and district / Solar Study still a good idea

09/19/2007 Board to hear 'no cost' plan to leave kids at Metro School

 


 

Metro School 'choice' means district taxpayers foot bill

 

Don't pull plug on Metro School concept just yet

Principals worked hard on enrollment issue/Cardinal Pride Day was a big success 

Special Education Teachers often are underappreciated

09/12/2007 Board  May Pull Students From Metro High School


 

Efforts of staff invaluable as district reaches for excellence

Award recognizes efforts to take learning beyond classroom

Letter may spur district to drop Metro School support

DISTRICT REPORT CARD DATA CONFUSING, MISLEADING

District gives Perry MS the short end of the stick/State's grading process is expensive and confusing/Solar energy not a cost saving option for schools

Tag day fundraiser a success / Quarterback's say thanks / Worthington teacher awarded for compassion

09/05/2007   Increased marijuana use: Students' drive fights drug abuse

Enthusiastic launch for Phoenix School

Officials examine students' responses on bullying survey

New teachers face increasing challenges

SYSTEM USED TO RATE DISTRICT'S PROGRESS CAN BE DECEIVING

District's grade reflects a need for additional efforts

Scoring makes it difficult for good to become great / Test Scores often don't tell the whole story

08/29/2007 3 Candidates File for 2 Seats On Board

Herndon, George Harding  IV Win  Distinguished  Alumni  Award

Dambach Made World a More Peaceful Place

Fewer Teens Smoke  and Drink, But More  Smoke Pot


Conrath's Raise Comes with High Praise from Board
 

Marijuana use among students up, survey says

Wilson, 2 challengers, vie for board seats

Enrollment "bouncing back", district surprised, pleased

Inspirational Convocation honors outstanding alumni

Tag Day Donations Keep Thomas Marchers Excellent / State Testing doesn't reveal district's excellent work / Scientific analysis needed for solar power potential
08/22/2007   Drill will reveal how well schools handle crisis

Majority of district buildings 'excellent'

Joseph takes reins at Thomas, Devree steps in at Colonial Hills

 
08/15/2007 District Slips in State Rating System

Worthington Subs to Receive Raises 

Board finalizes McCuen Hiring
 


 

District stays one step ahead of state with bullying policy

Phoenix spreads wings as middle school doors swing open

District Rating Falls

 
08/08/2007   School district will give solar energy a closer look

 

State Report Card Merits an "F" due to AYP problems.

Scoring doesn't promote best classroom atmosphere

08/01/2007 McCuen chosen as new school treasurer

Szabo will seek seat on board that did not hire him

Dispatch: Worthington School Board chooses new treasurer

 

Treasurer candidate announces run for school board seat

Gaskill slides into principals office at Thomas

McCuen named treasurer

AYP may mean RIP for 'Excellent' rating

(DISPATCH): It's best to be up front as a public official
07/25/2007 Treasurer finalists face public

Phoenix School will rise without state grant

 

Treasurer choices narrow further as decision nears

Two seats on school board draw interest of three so far

District's animal policy tweaked to support support dogs, class pets

Bacon thinks solar panel idea merits study by board

Energy efficiency worth a more thorough discussion

07/18/2007 THREE ON SHORT LIST AS SCHOOL TREASURER SEARCH WINDS DOWN
 
Three finalists remain for district treasurer job

Reflection will lead to reform at schools.

District should utilize solar energies with bond monies
07/11/2007 Rich Littell steps down as TWHS principal

Board trims treasurer candidate list to seven

Candidates vying for district treasurer job down to seven

District considers eight grade baseball/softball teams

Thomas principal will replace journalism teacher

Pulled statewide education proposal undemocratic

Solar roofs should be considered

07/04/2007 SUPERINTENDENT LOOKS AHEAD
 
Bronwynn and David Hopton have worked together on dozens of Thomas Worthington productions Proposed Amendment is better than what exists
06/27/2007 BOARD TO NARROW DOWN LIST OF 18 TREASURER APPLICANTS
 
Eighteen apply for treasurer's job

Pennies add up in school's campaign to beat adult literacy

Rising Health Care Costs: Torpedo to District Finances?

District too often shuffles special needs children

Theater Patrons: Hopton Couple Deserve Praise

Bluffsview Playground a reality thanks to many

Fund raiser honors the talented Hoptons/Amendment is an improvement

06/20/2007   Trip Designed to Jump Start Chinese Education Program

Wellness room keeps students, staff fit.

Amendment not fair to high income communities
06/13/2007   Grants will foster fitness, add classes, draw butterflies

No School on Election Day, School Board Decides.

Board soon will begin review of treasurer applications

 
06/06/2007   School District gathers input from supports, critics

Thomas Leader named OMEA Leader

Intervention helps seniors who have failed test

 
05/30/2007 High school graduations set for Sunday

Seniors to walk across stage, even without passing new test

(OSU): Debate continues over Ohio School Funding Fix         (Audio)

'Accomplished' Kilbourne class prepares to walk aisle

It's time to go, say members of Thomas class of 2007

Funding decisions should be left to Ohio Voters
05/23/2007 School-funding amendment supporter sparks board debate

(Dispatch): 614 districts divided on funding fix

Board hesitates to support school funding amendment

Financial Forecast shows no operating levies until 2009

 
05/16/2007   District residents asked how schools should evolve

Board will question man behind funding amendment

Thorough Treasurer Search Planned
 

Getting issue on ballot has been goal all along / A Blank Check depends on how you look at it

Questions about education costs always worth asking

05/09/2007 OASBO hired to search for new treasurer
 
Treasurer wish list  
05/02/2007 Boyd leaves district with $10,000 consulting fee Board plans 'aggressive' treasurer search Arts Center Commitment isn't fair to Worthington Taxpayers / Blank Check argument just doesn't hold up.
 
04/25/2007 PERRY, MCCORD TO MERGE TEAMS NEXT YEAR

LOTTERY WILL DECIDE PHOENIX ENROLLMENT


 

Plan to merge middle school sports still riling parents Don't give a blank check to state board
04/18/2007 District loses treasurer Boyd to Cincinnati

Moratorium set on residential abatements

Treasurer moves on to Queen City job School-funding opponents offer no responsible alternative / Ottolenghi disagrees with Schare's position
 
 


 

04/11/2007 Board seeks additional information on funding amendment

Board considers new food allergy policy for Worthington City Schools

   
04/04/2007      
03/28/2007 Board moves forward with conversion school plan

Bond issue to pay for summer repairs
 

   
03/21/2007 Phoenix School staff explains how school day will differ
 
Mandarin joins language options for 'motivated learners'

Lawyer, board sort out Phoenix School funding

 
03/14/2007 Parents question combining school teams

School board keeps its promise, returns about $7 to taxpayers
 

 

Proposed team mergers rankle district parents Amendment is worth serious consideration
 
03/07/2007 CONVERSION SCHOOLS MEAN MONEY, WITH STRINGS

HIGH SCHOOLS TOPS IN SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
 

  COMMUNITY PANCAKE DAY SET FOR MARCH 17
02/28/2007 PHOENIX SCHOOL TO OPEN AT PERRY NEXT YEAR

THE FUTURE OF OUR SCHOOLS

CD: District plans new approach to middle school

Board lauds award-winner, OKs courses on engineering

Phoenix School spreads its wings this summer

WILSON COMMITTED TO HEARING ALL SIDES
 
02/21/2007 Middle, high schools may offer pre-engineering
 
   
02/14/2007     Board appreciates community involvement
 
02/07/2007 Conrath makes call to cancel school due to cold

DISPATCH: OSU professor chosen for Worthington school board


 

Polar winds blow school doors shut

Wilson driven by passion for education

 
01/31/2007 WILSON NAMED NEW SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER

SCHARE CALLS FOR MORE SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES

 

Board opts for Wilson

 

 
01/24/2007 Board candidates narrowed to 5

Alternative school programs unveiled
 

Four plans for alternative middle school emerge

Five make the cut for Worthington school board seat

 

 
01/17/2007   Board candidates to speak Monday  
01/10/2007 26 apply for open school board seat

Alternative middle school
Teachers to present plans to residents

Schare explains replacement process

Board votes to reimburse money to general fund

Crowd lines up to fill school board seat

Board applicants draw from all walks
 

 
01/03/2007 'Reduce, rethink' strategy worked for Conrath in school district
 
Eleven apply for empty board seat

School board vacancy tops chief concerns of new year

Conrath's '07 goal: 'Strategic vision'