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School Board Approves Ludlow Fireworks Show

A fireworks show is planned in Ludlow at the high school stadium on Saturday, August 25.

The event is dubbed the Rivertown Get Down.

Mayor Ken Wynn spoke to the Ludlow Board of Education on behalf of the Ludlow Civic Club last week in preparation for the show. Wynn asked for permission to begin the set-up at 8 a.m. the day of the show. The fireworks are set to begin after 10 p.m. that day.

Superintendent Michael Borchers asked about insurance, and Wynn told him the civic club has some insurance and will look into whether they need more.   

School board member Cindy Powell voiced concern about the location of the fireworks and Borchers said that he and Wynn would walk the set-up area with the fireworks company before the event to make sure everyone is clear about where the fireworks will be launched.

The school board approved the use of the stadium contingent upon the confirmation of proper insurance.

In other news, Ludlow Independent Schools will reintroduce its home visits prior to the beginning of classes on August 15.

On August 9, faculty members will meet at school at 11 a.m. to prepare and then go out to meet students.

"We won't be going inside the home," said Jennifer McMillen, College and Career Readiness Coordinator. "If no one is home we will leave something on their door. We haven't done this since I have been here, but someone told me Ludlow used to do this every year, so we are bringing it back, so we can let the students meet their teachers on their turf."

Teachers will make the home visits from noon until 6 p.m.

The board also approved the evaluation of Borchers, who received exemplary ratings in all seven categories of strategic, instructional, cultural, human resources, managerial, collaborative, and influential leadership.

Borchers's contract is renewed on a yearly basis.

The board also looked over new numbers related to the dual credit program with Gateway Community & Technical College.

One benchmark that stood out is that a student can graduate high school with 18 college credits, indicating likely success in school and life beyond high school.

McMillen said that feedback from students shows that they feel more prepared for managing their time thanks to their involvement in the dual credit program.

The school district pays for the dual credit courses, which also helps families get a leg up on post-secondary education for students.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor