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Chromebooks Arrive for Ludlow Students; District Sets Facility Goals

The Ludlow Independent School Board voted last week to approve its draft facility plan, which is basically a wish list for future projects. Every five years, all school boards have to update their plan, taking off anything they have accomplished on the list and putting on new goals.
Superintendent Michael Borchers worked with architect Ehmet Hayes to update the facility plan. Possibe renovations at Ludlow High School totalled $7 million, and in Mary A. Goetz Elementary, the renovations are estimated at $6.75 million. The central office has some hoped-for renovations also, and then there is parking that can always be dealt with if money should become available, Borchers said.
A grand total of $18,209,099 worth of projects made the list.  
Borchers explained that the plan has already been sent to the state, and now had to be formally approved as a draft by the school board, and then it will go back to the state. The board voted to approve it.
A team from the computer technology department in the middle school competed in an local video presentation competition put on by See It Do it, an organization that promotes manufacturing. Seventeen other teams from other schools all over the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area participated along with Ludlow. The teams were paired with businesses, and employees were interviewed to explain what the business was all about. There was a reception at Northern Kentucky University and nine trophies were given for notable achievements. Ludlow's team received a trophy for outstanding educational value for their video production of Hahn Automation in Hebron. Their video was also shown at the board meeting.
The board also listened to a revision of a community relations policy which strikes out any language that permits tobacco products of any kind anywhere on campus. This allows the district to join other school districts as being a smoke-free campus. The policy will be read for a second time at April's meeting, and will be voted on then.
The board made a decision to keep the law firm of Ruberg Law, PLLC, which had re-formed after a separation with other members in December. Donald Ruberg had written to the board to see if it wanted to keep the firm's services, and the board wanted to check to make sure their prices were in line with other law firms.  The results were in Thursday night, and at $139  per hour but no monthly retainer, the cost was in line with other law firms. The board voted to keep them as the official law firm.
Stacks of brand new chrome books were piled against the wall in the school board office. This is a beginning of the new technology program for the district, and within the next month the chrome books will go to the sixth, seventh, and eighth grade classrooms, starting with math classes. Then the computers will go to the entire school by next year. These 550 chromebooks will not go home with the students, however, but will be kept in carts stored in the classrooms. Superintendent Borchers said that the figures they had for the new technology program last month are now even lower than expected.
Borchers told the board that the charter school bill passed the legislature in Frankfort, and that could mean the addition of charter schools popping up anywhere. Though concerned, Borchers didn't believe there was anything the district could do about it.
"We just have to keep doing everything good for our families," he said.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor
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Superintendent Michael Borchers showed off a trophy won by the middle school technology team for outstanding educational value. The video they made with Hahn Automation was shown at the board meeting.
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