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Friday, November 2, 2018

Lisa Duckworth: Why I Am Running for Fort Thomas Independent Schools Board of Education

Lisa Duckworth and her family

I’m Lisa Duckworth, and I am running for re-election to the Ft. Thomas Independent Schools Board of Education. Through the last six years on the Board of Education, I have helped to maintain the education excellence Ft. Thomas is known for, which helped lead Ft. Thomas Independent Schools to be consistently ranked as one of the highest performing districts in the state of Kentucky.

As a volunteer, parent and Board of Education member over the last 25 years, I have a unique insight and experience which I bring to every issue the Board of Education faces.

During my six years as a Ft. Thomas Board of Education member, we recently advocated 7 million dollars and a change in state statute to build a new Johnson Elementary School. We, also, renovated and expanded Ruth Moyer Elementary School after we were able to obtain 22 million dollars in state funds. Together, these projects have brought 30 million dollars to our district.

In 2012, I was appointed by the Kentucky Commissioner of Education to serve on the Committee for Board Vacancies. From 2012-2016, I was a Reading Plus mentor at Highlands Middle School. I served on School Based Decision Making councils for Ruth Moyer Elementary, one year; Highlands Middle School, four years; Highlands High School, four years. I served seven years on Ruth Moyer PTO, with two years of them as President from 2000-2002.

On a personal note, I am a 38-year resident of Ft. Thomas. My husband, Tom, is a 1971 Highlands graduate. Our daughter, Laura, and son-in-law, Spencer Morgan, graduated Highlands in 2007. Our son, Evan, is a graduate of Highlands Class of 2011.

Our Ft. Thomas Independent Schools motto, "Rich in Tradition, Focused on the Future,"is a product of our mission and vision statement, and it represents what our Board of Education is striving to accomplish. I, along with the administration and faculty, take seriously the task of educating our students for jobs which have not been created. I am passionate about educating our students for their future not our past. Our unwavering traditions in academics, arts and athletics, along with the support of our community and faculty, will best prepare our students for their future to become productive and impactful citizens.

I learned servant leadership set by my parents’ example and, also, seven years participation in the Girls Scouts. Giving back to my community through my talents and hard work, as well as being a good steward for the residents of Ft. Thomas, is my utmost responsibility. Our students and this phenomenal community are my priority when making all decisions. I am honored to serve on the Ft. Thomas Independent Schools Board of Education. Over the last six years I have worked hard to earn your trust, and I ask for your vote on November 6.

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