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Ludlow Schools: New Drop-Off Strategy Working & Other Notes

Earlier in February the Ludlow School Board made a decision to change traffic patterns in front of Mary A. Goetz Elementary  School for an hour in the morning, making all traffic go one way for the safety of the students. At the regular board meeting Thursday night, Superintendent Michael Borchers proclaimed the project a success.

"We have had no complaints and several compliments from parents," said Borchers. "It is going remarkably smooth. We always have two or three of us out there to help. Officer Sparks said he may talk to the city about putting a white line in to show exactly where the drop off zone is, but right now it is a success. If we stay at it and really enforce it, it will be even better next year."

Borchers told the board that Dr. Vicki Berling, executive director of Educational Outreach and interim director of the Norse Advising Center at Northern Kentucky University will be the graduation speaker for the Class of 2015. She has worked in adult and non-traditional higher education since 1997 and directed the accelerated adult program at Thomas More College. Before Thomas More, Berling worked as a divisional marketing director for a for-profit psychiatric healthcare company and oversaw the marketing and advertising plans for 25 hospitals. Berling has been an integral part of Ludlow students participating in the dual credit program at NKU.

It was announced that senior Prizm Saylor was one of nine Northern Kentucky students to receive a scholarship from a program funded by Duke Energy to earn credits to become a certified production technician. The program covers tuition, books, and all required assessments.

Junior Pete Pittman is one of forty students in the Greater Cincinnati area to qualify for the TAP MD program which allows students to tap into their possibilities for a future career in medicine. Students attend monthly observation events with physicians in Kentucky, Indiana, and Cincinnati, and the program is designed to help exceptionally gifted high school students.

A tentative allocation budget was approved by the board giving the elementary and high school the same amount of teachers that they currently have, which is 26 for the elementary and 24 for the high school.  Borchers told the board that this is the starting point and that elementary principal Jason Steffen may come back and ask for one more, but at this time the numbers stay the same.

The board also approved next year's school schedule, which will begin on August 20 and end on June 1. Borchers said that the goal in creating the schedule is to maintain consistency so that parents can count on the schedule.

The Family Resource/Youth Service Center Continuation Grant was approved by the board. The grant helps the center help the community, and obtaining the grant every year allows the center to stay in business.

Borchers explained to the board that he has been approached by Children, Inc, the Covington-based non-profit organization that specializes in educational programs for kids, to possibly partner with Ludlow's preschool program for a program at St. Ann's School in Botany Hills where Children's Inc already has a building. The Superintendent cautioned that the talks are purely preliminary, but he will bring more information to the board as it becomes available.

Story & photo by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN Contributor