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Ludlow Wins Grant to Improve Math Scores, Adopts Smoke-Free Policy

A Ludlow school is the recipient - along with a few others - of a new math grant.

Ludlow Schools superintendent Michael Borchers announced Thursday that Mary A. Goetz Elementary, along with Grant's Lick Elementary in Campbell County, 9th & 6th District Schools in Covington, and Newport Primary and Intermediate Schools, received the math achievement grant - a worth $50,000 per year for four years which will allow the schools to hire a math intervention teacher, and to provide professional development for all teachers in the program. After four years, as part of the grant's goals, the faculty will be better trained to bring students' math scores up.

Borchers said that Ludlows grant application received the highest score in the state.

Principal Jason Steffen said that there was a reading intervention program similar to the math intervention which provided steady improvement in reading for students for five years, and which produced some excellent results in the elementary, so they are excited to start the program.

In other news from last week's Ludlow Board of Education meeting, the newly adopted community relations policy makes the entire school district officially smoke-free, and that includes the stadium and all the grounds. Board member Cindy Powell noted that the Ludlow city council voted to make the city parks smoke-free, also.

The student accident insurance policy is in its second year with Scholastic Insurors, and so the board voted to stay with them, but Borchers negotiated the price down, so per student, the cost will be $14 as opposed to last year when the price per student was $15.50. Borchers told the board it will save the district $1,200 a year, or 9.7 percent.

The contract with the Healthpoint School Based services was renewed, and this service is no cost to the district, but provides a nurse practitioner one day a week for four hours, and dental care for 60 days in the fall and 60 days in the spring.

The contract for the  regular school nurse, who is present five days a week, was also renewed, and that cost went from $52,100 to $53,280 for 185 days. MEBS and Associates is the contract for mental health services for the students, and that was renewed for another year at the same $50,000, but the board gained three extra days of service for that price.

Board members are currently working on their evaluation of the superintendent.

The May meeting has to be shorter so that members are able to attend a function for Ludlow High School seniors. The May meeting will begin at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor