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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Fort Thomas Independent School Board Roundup (March)

The HHS Advanced Art students discussed the process that led to the design and creation of this year's KSBA banner. 
Board Chair, Karen Allen, called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. on March 14, with all five board members in attendance.

Student Attendance Day

Tentative approval based on a first reading of policy  for Student Attendance Day passed with a motion by Mrs. Lisa Duckworth and a second by Mr. Jeff Beach.

The policy deals with the length of the student attendance day designated by the Board and provide students with no less than the minimum number of student attendance days/hours required by law. The Board may request approval of an alternative school calendar based on procedures set out in Kentucky Administrative Regulations.

The full explanation of the policy with exceptions are included at the end of this article.

Student Activity Trips
Board Approval was given to the following student trips.

HHS Speech Team - Lexington KY - March 11-12, 2016
HHS Softball - Elizabethtown KY - March 18-19, 2016
Johnson 4th Grade - Columbus OH - March 24, 2016
HMS Speech & Debate - Lexington KY - March 25-26, 2016
HHS FCCLA - Louisville KY - March 29-31, 2016
HHS Softball - Various in KY - April 5-9, 2016
Johnson 5th Grade - Fishers IN - April 21, 2016
HHS We the People - Washington DC - April 22-26, 2016
HMS 8th Grade - Dayton OH - April 28, 2016

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Personnel Action Taken Since February 8, 2016

Employment of the following Certified Employee
Sam Jones – Director of Special Education – District

Employment of the following Paraprofessional
Andy Burns – Boys Golf Coach – HHS

Resignation of the following Extra Service Position
Peter Winkler – Boys Golf Coach – HHS
Colleen Dunn – Volleyball Varsity Coach – HMS
Mark Farley – Girls Soccer Varsity Asst Coach – HHS
Erin Janson – Dance Varsity Coach – HHS

Notification of the following Volunteers
Kyle McGurn – Track – HHS
Colleen Dunn – Volleyball – HHS
Mark Farley – Girls Soccer – HHS
Michael Weber – Softball Freshman – HHS


The Board recognized and congratulated HHS senior Mikayla Reichert who won the Indoor Track & Field Shot Put state title. This is her 2nd consecutive state championship for this event.

Congratulations to the HHS Dance teams for their state championship wins - Varsity in Pom and JV in Hip Hop and Pom.

RELATED: Highlands Dance Celebrates 10 Years With Trip to Nationals 

Varsity team members are:
Amanda Broering
Katie Buecker
Olivia Diehl
Lydia Erickson
Ellie Farley
Beth Ann Griffith
Haly Hennigan
Taylor Hergott
Mallory Hill
Corinne Holmes
Bella Keller
Emmalee Kempf
Emily McCoy
Mariah Nurre
Addie Paris
Megan Reynolds
Alice Roeding
Hannah Schwalbach
Abby Weyer
Olivia White
Madalyn Wiefering
Molly Wiefering

JV Team members are:
Emma Banks
Madison Boberg
Caroline Buecker
Addy Cain
Emma Eide
Megan Elison
Molly Ferring
Lexi Fitters
Ansley Grimm
Lily Hennigan
Lucy  Johanneman
Kelly Mentzer
Brenna Payne
Kassidy Peterson
Lizzy Roeding
Abby Rust
Carson Schell

The HHS Advanced Art students discussed the process that led to the design and creation of this year's Kentucky School Board Association banner (artwork at the beginning of the article).

Students presenting were:

Susan Kremer
Zandie Padgett
Paul Tully
Larry Kidney

Students from Ms. Shuman's 5th grade math class gave a demonstration of Hands-On Equations, solving problems and explaining the process. They involved Board members in their last equation and led them through solving the problem.

Students presenting were:
Grace Shuley
Nathan Hartle
Brennen Kelsay
Savannah Haigis

Renovation Update - Highlands High School Renovation - Phase 4, Moyer 

Jerry Wissman gave the Board an update on the current status of the project, noting that black-topping the parking lot will be delayed pending the completion of the loop and connecting Fieldhouse driveway.

Moyer renovation. Some additions, such as adding the deconstruction of the playground equipment that the previous contractor couldn’t meet the deadline (+10,000) and deductions, such as replacing PVC pipe and fittings for below-slab sanitary piping in lieu of cast iron fittings (-$41,000) were discussed and approved.

The Board shall provide a preschool education program in compliance with applicable statutes and administrative regulations.

Kindergarten (entry level of the primary program) shall be provided no less than the equivalent of one-half (1/2) day (three hours), five (5) days a week for a full school year for each kindergarten student.

Under procedures developed by the Superintendent, the length of the student attendance day for kindergarten students may be reduced during the initial week(s) of the school year to allow for screening, testing and other appropriate activities.

In extenuating circumstances, students may request in writing, to the High School Principal, the ability to utilize “Early Bird” classes to meet the school day length requirement approved by the Board. The request to alter the ending time of the regular school day shall be considered at the discretion of the Principal, in collaboration with guidance counselors, and based on the request enabling a student access to an opportunity otherwise not offered at Highlands High School. Requests will only be considered when made prior to the start of the school year and if students are enrolled in six (6) courses while making adequate progress toward graduation.

Students with disabilities shall attend school in accordance with the provisions of their Individual Education Plan (IEP).
Students with disabilities and students attending primary school may attend less than six (6) hours per day under programs approved by the Board and the Commissioner of Education.

Except when a group sponsor assembles a student group for a specific activity, high school students shall be directed to arrive at school no earlier than 7:00 a.m. each school day; all other students shall be directed to arrive at school no earlier than 8:00 a.m. each student attendance day. Under procedures developed by the Principal, a safe location inside each school shall be designated for students who arrive before that time.

An up-to-date master (bell) schedule shall be on file in each school and up-to-date master (bell) schedules for each school shall be on file in the District’s central office.

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