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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Superintendent Gene Kirchner Responds to Traffic Issues

Superintendent Gene Kirchner had a response to our readers' questions and concerns regarding the traffic situation at Highlands. Specifically, some posters on our Facebook page and commenters on FTM were perturbed about how the traffic is flowing now that the high school and middle school have the same start time.

Without further adieu, Fort Thomas Independent Schools Superintendent, Gene Kirchner:

The schools are on the same schedule this year for several important reasons , none of which have to do with traffic flow.

Placing the two schools on the same schedule allows us the opportunity to provide a more seamless experience for middle school students, many of whom are ready to take high school courses. Being on the same schedule provides much more flexibility in making that happen. It enables us to utilize our teaching staff more efficiently by making it easier to share staff between the two schools. This also allows more opportunity for middle and high school teachers to work collaboratively in vertical teams. Thus enabling us to ensure that our curriculum is clearly aligned in grades 6-12 toward college and career readiness. We believe this represents the greatest benefit to our students and the most cost effective approach to staffing.

All of that being said, we did anticipate traffic problems as a result of this change and have been proactive in working with the City of Fort Thomas in planning for better traffic flow. We are continuing to look for ways to improve the situation. I sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that may have been caused to community members. As always, our decisions are based on what is best for students.


I have to say I'm super impressed with the media savvy the new superintendent has. He realized that families in his community had a concern and went out of his way to try to proactively address them via Fort Thomas Matters. Kudos Mr. Kirchner.

1 comment:

  1. I just think Superintendent Kirchner is an avid Ft Thomas Matters reader!! He must have caught my rant about the drop off situation in the February 18, 2012 post. I still have a headache from that!!