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Newport Schools Sees Improved Attendance, Decreased Enrollment

Newport Independent Schools lost students last year, but attendance was up.

That was the report from Director of Student Services Kevin McCormick.

He told the Newport Board of Education at its recent meeting that 22 students at the intermediate school had perfect attendance for the school year, and received a bike from the Masons because of it - a longstanding tradition.

Meanwhile, McCormick and staff member Paul Baker announced their retirements and were honored by Superintendent Kelly Middleton.

Additionally, board attorney Brandon Voelker followed up with the board about his proposal to send Newport students to a basketball camp offered by Northern Kentucky University. The board is considering scholarships for students that wish to attend the camp.

Voelker added that he has a bus that the district could use to transport the students, but the board acknowledged that its insurance does not cover outside transportation. Instead, the board will evaluate other options.

The board also appointed Amy Gilkison to serve on the certified evaluation appeals committee for 2018 and 2019 school year, and Mike Wills to serve as an alternate on that committee.

The board also learned that there is now a memoradum of agreement with the Southgate Independent School District to provide special education services to certain students from that district in Newport. The MOA was approved by the board.

Joy Tucker, a 6th grade math instructor, was announced as the recipient of the Rosanne Ginney 2018 Teacher of the Year.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
Photo: Joy Tucker and Kelly Middleton (RCN)