Possible Partnership

Possible Partnership with the City of Worthington to Include
Community Education Space in Proposed City Activity Center

Independent School District 518 is exploring an option to partner with the City of Worthington to include space for community education in the proposed new city activity center. This partnership was first brought forward by an official from the City of Worthington in an effort to centralize activities and services offered within the community. The district is waiting for an official request from the city council.
The city activity center will be constructed by utilizing funds raised from the half-cent sales tax that was approved by voters during the November 2018 election. During the campaign for the sales tax, several community improvements were suggested. The city activity center was among these improvements. District 518 will be responsible for their portion of the facility.
This partnership would result in a great deal of benefits for Worthington and the surrounding communities as well as for ISD 518. A space specially designed for community education would enable greater efficacy in service and possibly allow key programs to expand. Having the space in the city activity center would also allow the district to move all community education staff from the West Learning Center facility to the new space. With the construction of the new gymnastics and Area Learning Center facility and relocating the Community Education department, ISD 518 would be able to realize its plan of discontinuing the use of the aging West facility more than 20 years after it was originally planned to do so in the 1990’s.
As this option for collaboration continues to be researched and developed, the district welcomes feedback from the community. The school board will be continuing to study and discuss the possibility for a partnership while awaiting the official request from the City of Worthington.