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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Fort Thomas Schools Update - Tennis & Funding Formulas

It is likely that the state will complete passage of a new two year budget.  This is big news for a couple of reasons including difficulties getting a budget passed during the regular session because of concerns about how to close a rather large budget gap and big differences between the parties on how to close that gap.

Of importance to Fort Thomas residents (beyond cuts in the 3-4% range for most state services) was the possibility that the state education funding formula was being reconsidered.  This has been a hot point for the Fort Thomas community because of the penalty our independent school system is under for being a more affluent area.  The program that has passed the House Committee (and is likely to pass the full House) does not alter this formula.

I also have to give a shout out to a good friend, and coach of the Highland Bluebirds Boys Tennis Team, Rhett Barbour.  The boys team (and girls team) will be competing at state starting Thursday and possibly running through Saturday.  The boys team is 15 - 1 and have had a very successful season.  The full seedings as well as times and locations of matches can be found on the KHSAA site linked here.  Wish both teams the best of luck if you know a player or Rhett.


  1. I didn't realize that Rhett was coaching at Highlands. We attended a Chrysalis event together in high school as a part of the United Methodist Church in NKY. Haven't seen him in a while.

  2. Other key points of the bill that did pass the full house include keeping instructional days at 177 instead of the previously proposed 175 (to save costs) and the bill keeps intact the current merit based college scholarship programs.