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Ludlow Schools Honored for Smoke-Free Policy

The Ludlow Board of Education was recognized for its smoke-free policy.

The Kenton County Alliance to Prevent Substance Abust sent representatives Lisa Anglin and Mary Burch to present a plaque to the board for its smoke-free efforts. Superintendent Michael Borchers announced that the district has had a smoke-free policy for years, but this years changed all policies related to smoking so that it could be noted officially as smoke-free.

In other news from the board of education meeting, the school district celebrated its part in the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky being awarded a multi-million dollar grant to assist in apprentice opportunities for students.

The district will once again put on week-long summer camps courtesy of a 21st Century grant. The SHINE program will have four weeks of camp in June. This program is for incoming Kindergarten through sixth grade students, and each week will have a different theme as well as field trips. Breakfast and lunch will be provided and there is no cost to the students. Students can go one week, or four weeks, or pick and choose their weeks.

The SOAR program is for incoming 7th through 9th graders, and they also will have four weeks in June where there is a different theme each week, with programs and field trips associated with each. Since this camp is for older students, the subject matter is more advanced. Like the SHINE camp, there will be breakfast and lunch at no cost. The deadline to sign up was Friday, May 19, but applications will be accepted until all spots are filled.

30 students were enrolled in the dual credit program at Gateway Community & Technical College. Students take two classes per semester and over two years could earn 24 college credit hours. 88 percent of the students enrolled are scoring As and Bs. Each student is awarded a laptop to use, and the district covers students' Gateway tuition.

The board also voted to accept the budget for the 2017-2018 school year. Borchers said the budget last year was $6,546,000, and this year it will be $6,315,900. Last year the carryover was $872,000 and this year the carryover will be $800,000. Borchers said that it is recommended that the food service part of the budget have a three month reserve, which would be $60,000, and Ludlow has about $100,000 in reserve.

The school calendar had to be amended  because there were no snow days to have to contend with, so the board voted to amend the calendar to reflect no snow days.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor

Photo: Lisa Anglin and Mary Burch from the Kenton County Alliance to Prevent Substance Abuse presented a plaque to the Ludlow School Board for becoming a smoke-free campus (RCN)