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Thursday, July 22, 2021

Fort Thomas Education Foundation acquires property next to Highlands, gifts it to Fort Thomas Independent Schools

2504 Memorial Parkway. 

The Fort Thomas Education Foundation announced today that it has closed on a long-sought after property on Memorial Parkway and gifted it to the Fort Thomas Independent Schools. 

The property at 2504 Memorial Parkway is directly next to Highlands' southern campus and is currently a multiple-family residential home. 

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According to a release by FTEF, the purchase of the home on Memorial Parkway began almost 15 years ago, during the campaign to renovate Highlands High School, a combined effort by the FTEF and FTIS. 

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The release goes on to read: 

"FTEF Executive Director, Amy Shaffer, said that the much of the previous fundraising effort used to purchase the building were restricted FTEF funds, raised specifically for the Highlands campus.

“The FTEF is constantly looking ahead at future needs for growth and the opportunity to purchase the home right next to the Highlands was in alignment with our vision,” said Shaffer. She noted that the FTEF anticipates using the home for its offices while the District studies how to incorporate the property into their long-range plan. 

“We were thrilled to hear of the news that the Foundation has provided us with this incredible opportunity to expand our footprint on our campus,” said Fort Thomas Independent Schools Superintendent, Brian Robinson. “Our boards, District leadership and community have been thoughtful about how to maximize our resources to make Fort Thomas Independent Schools the best in the state and this is just another example of that partnership. We will do our best to continue to be good stewards of their gifts.”

“We feel that the acquisition of the property is the perfect way to kick off the next decade of support to our schools and students. We cannot thank our community enough for the continued trust and support in our organization – we couldn’t do what we do without you.”

The FTEF is currently celebrating their 20_year anniversary which began with a simple mission: support the academic programs and projects that could not be financed through the District’s general budget in order to enhance the tradition of academic excellence. 

Thanks to the support from many in the community, FTEF has been able to give back nearly $15M to the district for capital improvements to school buildings and new, innovative materials for classrooms. Over the last two decades, every student in the Fort Thomas Independent Schools has benefited from the FTEF and FTIS public-private partnership."

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