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 Worthington Schools related content of these papers. The Columbus Dispatch periodically covers our district as well, usually around levy time. In addition, the Worthington Public Library has the "This Week" archives available to cardholders.


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This Week in Worthington / Dispatch

Worthington News

Letters to the Editor / Commentary

12/31/2008   Student successes, focus on future marked 2008 in Worthington schools

Next year's levy will be main topic of gathering

Clothing piles up in Thomas students' charity drive

After-school classes begin Jan. 26

12/24/2008 Kilbourne students help Santa provide gifts for area kids
Worthington Kilbourne steps up with $10,134 in charitable giving

Grants fund teachers' ideas to boost classroom learning

Crossing guards can't be best things to cut
12/17/2008 Board OKs contract; group adopts new name
Learning Lab puts best teaching methods on display

More and more district families requesting financial help

Classified employees' 2.85 percent raises get board's nod

12/10/2008 Colleagues praise Cynkar as he ends tenure

City budget passes minus school crossing guard funds

Teachers can observe, learn at new Sutter Park lab

Worthington joins majority in cutting funds for crossing guards

Cameras in Worthington schools earn nod, but cost may slow implementation

Many came together to make NHS event memorable
12/03/2008   Worthington Park gets cultured for International Week

District mulls pros, cons of surveillance

Educators can't be only voices in 'conversations'
11/27/2008 TWHS dean suffers injury in fall


Temporary replacement for Cynkar starts soon

Media's role in election spurs 'great questions' at Thomas

Business academy's first nine boast expanded worldview

Board could open door to in-school cameras

Governor gathers leaders' opinions on school funding

11/13/2008 Conrath, McCuen get raises, contracts
Conrath, McCuen take home raises

Nomination 'humbling' for WKHS

Fair offers sampling of careers to Kilbourne students

11/06/2008 'Safety' cited as reason to close schools on Election Day

'More to the story' in the Worthington school district

Worthington students' ultragreen home up for prestigious award  
10/29/2008 School administrators get 2.85% raise School administrators get 2.85 percent raises

Students' science-fair prowess leads to teacher awards

Outdoors will become classroom via Brookside initiative

10/22/2008 'Go-to guy' Cynkar steps down after 25 years with schools
District officials talk their way to better credit rating

Cynkar's 25-year run in Worthington schools soon to end

10/15/2008 CD: Schools fix rules, restore National Honor Society

Board approves teachers' contract

10/08/2008 Board to vote on teachers' contract Monday
Teachers earn annual 2.85 percent raises in new contract  
10/01/2008 14 seniors named National Merit semifinalists
09/24/2008 Survey says: schools have good reputation, teachers, curriculum



Honor society's back after revamp of selection criteria  
09/17/2008 TWHS to present 'Acts of God'



Wind shutters schools; students make most of days off
Teacher pay didn't cause our economic woes
09/10/2008   Compassion, chemistry prowess lead to awards for staff

School's lessons bursting with fruit flavor

08/27/2008 Thomas Worthington gets new classrooms, labs, storage

Schools are rated excellent, after all

Staff off to rousing start of 'best school year yet'


As year begins, enrollment slightly lower than expected

'Excellent' after all

District aims for dismissal in racial discrimination suit

08/20/2008 Schools are ready to welcome students

19 buildings fixed up during summer

08/13/2008 Schools rank high, district average on report card

Kilbourne ready to step into busy band season

TWHS band preps for another winning season



Kilbourne band's unique show runs emotional gamut

'Excellent' out of reach

'We will survive,' district says, but scores must improve

Enrollment at new business academy slow but satisfying

First day reserved for freshmen at Thomas, Kilbourne

Letter: Annual pay increases are bad economic strategy right now
08/06/2008 Schools, city, library, townships share auditor's surplus
Thomas band shoots for fifth straight 'superior' year


Letter: Teacher quality must be a focus during negotiations

Letter: Town halls are an effective way of informing the public

07/30/2008 Board: Parents must pay tuition

District leaves Metro School tab with parents

School board names representatives to city arts center

07/23/2008   Students will return to new roofs, floors, lockers, more
Letter: District must keep residents in mind during contract talks

Letter: Town halls won't hurt, but may not be representative

07/16/2008 Discrimination allegations denied    
07/09/2008 Ex-dean at TWHS alleges discrimination
Collaros leaves district behind, but relationships remain

Schare: Rely on residents to determine acceptable taxes

Retire/rehire deals save cash, retain experience, officials say

The governor's challenge: bring transformative change to schools

State's change to AYP enforcement makes good sense
07/02/2008 More tenth-graders pass OGT on first try in Franklin County


Evening Street welcomes new principal, 'lead learner'

Negotiations set to begin soon for new teachers contract

Letter: Moore has had a positive impact on countless students
06/25/2008 Slate Hill will cut into school year for IB teacher training

Price of school lunch continues to rise


Counselor: Hugs made demanding career worthwhile

Lunch prices will increase 15 cents in all schools next year

Kilbourne baccalaureate supporters receive thanks
06/18/2008   Academic success stories often obfuscated by hard numbers

Teacher's chemical wizardry keeps students fired up

06/11/2008   Basic School concept setting up at Granby

Awards add up for students taking part in Science Day

Program aims to build skills through problem solving

06/04/2008 Slate Hill proposed for district's first IB program

Trip deepens Supt. Conrath's understanding of China's culture



Seniors leave high schools with memories, honors

May 2009 seen as levy target

Slate Hill looks at implementing IB Primary program

Survey was too expensive

Helpers deserve gratitude

05/28/2008 High school commencements set for Sunday at the Schott
Worthington's high schools to distribute diplomas Letter: Thanks to Thomas Worthington teachers

Letter: Thanks for Pancake Day help


05/21/2008 Dean at TWHS claims age and gender bias behind job switch at the high school The long and short of school board meetings

Special-needs, computer students collaborate on project

Letter: Worthington lacking in experiment-based learning

Letter: Attendees deserve gratitude

05/14/2008   Teacher, former student come to bat for HomeB.A.S.E  
05/07/2008   School board mulls proposals for new courses, textbooks School's Home B.A.S.E. program should be reinstated

data to make point


04/30/2008   Colonial Hills sixth-graders will stay put, group decides

Carpenter brings 'wealth of experience' to Worthington

04/23/2008 Parents asked to find space for Colonial Hills students


Herrington doesn't tell full story on teacher pay


04/16/2008 District backs down; sixth grade to remain at Colonial Hills
District speaks too soon in plan to move sixth-graders

Honor Society's back in Worthington ... or is it?

Worthington Estates' Williams bids school, tetherball farewell

Battle' coordinator thanks event supporters
04/09/2008 Court rules against schools in tax battle

Does Ohio law give homeowners a real estate tax break in down market?


04/02/2008 High school business 'academies' OK'd  
03/12/2008 Anonymous donor gives $96K for expansion of WKHS dugout  Board hears five proposals for 'schools within schools'  
02/27/2008 Parents want honor society restored

Community hears high school course proposals

Evaluators rave about Phoenix School

NHS axing remains source of frustration

02/20/2008 (DISPATCH): Students ask school to sweep for drugs

K-9 unit sniffs out drugs in cars at TWHS

Innovative high school programs are topic of Feb. 21 forum at WKHS

02/13/2008 Levy talk revs up school spending critics

District to pay tuition for current students

Gaskill: high school reform needed to set stage for future 

District: Successful Levy by '09 Necessary

Six Metro School students will stay put


01/30/2008 Report urges use of solar roof panels


Board member, teacher bring back insight from China

Board retreats to move district improvement plan forward

01/16/2008 Keegan, Wilson take seats; Best elected president of board



Board welcomes Keegan, urges residents to get involved Society participation worth more than a resume boost

Honor Society must be reinstated in Worthington

01/02/2008   School district focused on '21st-century learning' in '08