Sunday, May 13, 2001

Kentucky Education Notes


Campbell County students to be honored

        ALEXANDRIA — Campbell County Schools' second annual District Academic Recognition Program will be 7 p.m. Thursday in the Campbell County High School auditorium.

        More than 230 students who have been recognized at the district, regional, state and national levels will be honored.
       

Director chosen for learning center

               NEWPORT — A former city commissioner and school board member will be the director of Newport Independent Schools' new 21st Century Learning Center.

        Fred Rhynhart, 57, a retired political science professor from Northern Kentucky University, starts his new post June 1.

        The school district was awarded a $1 million, three-year federal grant in January to establish after-school and evening community centers to provide educational, recreational and social services for students and adults next year. Mr. Rhynhart will lead two learning centers at Newport Middle School and A.D. Owens Elementary.

        “The basic idea is to make the schools function for the community during the off-hours,” he said. “The tricky part is to find out what people's needs are and to get people here.”

        Mr. Rhynhart spent four years on the Newport city commission and two years on the Newport school board. He currently works at Holmes Junior High School's youth service center.
       

Department seeks feedback on proposals

               FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department of Education wants to hear from educators, parents and community members about its new proposals for student performance.

        During the past year 1,600 teachers worked to set new standards under the Commonwealth Accountability Testing System. The state Board of Education will review the teachers' recommendations in June.

        To view the proposals and leave feedback, go to the department's Web site at www.kde.state.ky.us/standards by May 28.
       

Schools get grants for resource centers

               ERLANGER — Nine Kenton County schools were awarded grants to open family resource and youth service centers next fall.

        Centers will go in at Caywood, Piner, River Ridge, Summit View, Visalia and White's Tower elementary schools, and Turkey Foot, Twenhofel and Woodland middle schools.

        The centers, created as part of the Kentucky Education Reform Act, aim to helpschools meet the needs of students and their families.
       

Holmes student wins human relations award

               COVINGTON — A Holmes High School student was one of two winners of the Simon Lazarus Jr. Human Relations Award, presented each year by the American Jewish Committee for outstanding commitment to community service.

        Thomas Alan Curran was chosen from among 31 Greater Cincinnati high school juniors.

        The other winner was Seton High School senior Melanie Tracy, chosen from among 40 Tristate seniors. Holmes student Madeleine R. Dwertman was one of five finalists for the senior award.
       

School to celebrate 150th anniversary

               MELBOURNE — The St. Joseph Camp Springs Grade School will celebrate its 150th anniversary Saturday. A 5 p.m. Mass at the church, 225 Four Mile Road, will be followed by a reception, dinner and dance at the Camp Springs Fire House.

        All alumni, parish families and community members are invited. For reservations, call Nichole Bezold at (859) 635-7166. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple.

        Education Notes are compiled by Lori Hayes, education reporter at The Kentucky Enquirer. E-mail lhayes@enquirer.com.
       

       



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