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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Fort Thomas School Board Roundup (April)

Kim Grillot, sponsor of the Kentucky Youth Assembly talks about the conference at a Board of Education meeting. 
By Jennifer Summer

The Fort Thomas Board of Education met on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Board member, Brad Fennell was absent. Here's your roundup.

K-9s to Fight Crime

Nine HMS students presented their legislative bill that was put forth to the Kentucky Youth Assembly (KYA).

Presenting students were:

Jacob Daly
Zoe Poff
Amy Herfel
Katie Wilson
Lexie Crawford
Sam Burnham
Martin Foose
Sam Contreras
Case Grillot

Request for Full-Time Assistant Principal

Three MES parents, Sarah Kleier, Beth Baker, and Pam Schultz, attended the meeting to express a desire for a full-time assistant principal at Moyer.

More coverage of this story by FTM forthcoming.

HHS & MES Renovation

Jerry Wissman provided The Board with updates on the project, and said that the blacktop should be completed soon, and stated that much of the interior was finished during Spring Break.

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Student Attendance Day

A motion was passed for the adoption of revised Policy 08.31. This was the second reading and it passed unanimously. The portion of the policy change is below:

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.

Employee Wellness Incentive

A motion passed to approve the Employee Wellness Incentive for participation in the Firecracker 5000 in which the entry fee would be paid out of the general budget.

Superintendent Gene Kirchner said that he believes it's a win-win for the teachers and community and said nearly 100 FTIS staff members participated last year.

Establish New Positions for Elementary Specials Teachers

A motion passed to establish three new positions for elementary specials teachers in Art, Music, and World Language.

Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist

A motion passed to approve a new position for Elementary Instructional Technology Specialist.

English Language Learners (ELL) Teacher - Part-time

A motion passed to approve a new position for a part-time ELL teacher.

May Special Meeting

The Board scheduled a special meeting for Thursday, May 5, at 8 am for a review of the May Board agenda which includes a draft budget for 2016-17.

Retirement of the following Certified Employees
Debbie Hamel – Health/PE – HMS
Patricia Johnson – Spanish – HHS
Barbara Sparks – Title I – WES

Retirement of the following Classified Employees
Jayne Cruse – Instructional Assistant – JES
Shelley Kappesser – Principal’s Secretary – HMS
Barbara Caudill - Instructional Assistant - WES

Change in Position of the following Employees
Erinn Thompson – from Dance JV Coach to Dance Varsity Coach – HHS
Norma Lawless – demotion from Asst. Principal to Teacher – JES

Employment of the following Classified Substitute
Luke Stein – Fitness Center Substitute – HHS

Resignation of the following Classified Employee
Josh Rider - Computer Support Technician - District

Resignation of the following Paraprofessionals
Joe Finnegan – Girls Freshman Basketball Coach – HHS
Beth Pelgen – JV Volleyball Coach – HHS

Notification of the following Volunteer
Marc Massie – Bowling – HHS

A reminder was given by Karen Allen about upcoming district events:

April 15 - Opening Receptions for Student Artwork Displays at The Art House and Fort Thomas Coffee
April 16 - Prom / Prom to Dawn
April 21-24 - HHS Musical "Into the Woods"
April 26 - Elementary District Arts Concert
April 28 - Johnson Open House

The meeting adjourned at 7:48 p.m.

1 comment:

  1. Complete and utter lunacy. Poor Ms. Lawless. What an amazing asset to FTIS and she is being treated like this. Pitiful.