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Ludlow Schools Check Out Test Scores, Celebrate Garden Project with Senior Center

The Ludlow Board of Education reviewed the school district's performance it recently released state test results.
Jenny McMillen, college and career readiness coordinator, explained the new system being introduced by the state that made this a transition year, taking away previous designations such as "distinguished" and "proficient". 
McMillen noted that some schools are still using the old designations based on the new scores, even though the state discouraged that practice.
Ludlow High School and Middle School principal Travis Caudill said that he was proud of the high school's scores, noting that Ludlow's on-demand writing scores were tops in Northern Kentucky. The gap scores were up 30 points year over year.
"They hit it out of the park," Caudill said. "I'm elated."
But the middle school was a different issue and Caudill conceded that there is work to do.
He explained that the middle school changed its math program and that it seems to be doing well, and everything else is about on a par with where the school should be.  
Jason Steffen, principal Mary A. Goetz Elementary, told the board that his students' reading scores were very good, and the on-demand writing was dead-even with the average in the state. He said the school was 1.5 points up from last year and continues to identify kids having problems.
"We were up across the board," he said in summary.
As far as college and career readiness, the high school has met its goal set by the state by the standards with the ACT test used as a benchmark.
Garden Partners Sees Growth
McMillen also gave a report about Garden Partners, a program developed around the SOAR and SHINE programs through 21st Century Community Learning Centers. The program has children from the SOAR after-school program visit the Ludlow Senior Center to design and build flower and vegetable beds. Once the beds are built, next spring the students and the seniors will plant flowers and vegetables.   
Whatever grows, the seniors can pick and the vegetables can be used in meals and for snacks. In the summer, the students will have a few sessions where they will have an event and cook with the seniors so that everyone can enjoy the fruits of the kids and seniors working together.
"We are calling this a partnership of generations," said McMillen.
Other notes:
Superintendent Michael Borchers and finance director Vikki Wofford visited the Kenton County Courthouse to find out how the taxes are assessed and distributed, and they found out a lot of information that will help them in constructing the district budget each year.
Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor