Friday, July 20, 2001

Kentucky News Briefs




New middle school to open a week late

        FORT THOMAS — The city's middle schoolers will start back to school a week later than the rest of the district's students because their new building won't be ready.

        Fort Thomas Independent Schools begins classes Aug. 28; however, Highlands Middle School doesn't open until Sept. 4.

        Work started on the $15 million three-story school off Memorial Parkway in March 2000, but the project has been behind schedule because of glitches and weather delays. The school was set to open in August.

        “Since the completion of the school is on such a tight schedule, they're going to need that time to get ready,” Superintendent Larry Stinson said.

        Despite the delay, the middle school will follow the same calendar as the elementary and high schools for the rest of the year. To make up the lost time, the school will start its day five minutes earlier, from 8:25 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.

        Fort Thomas' middle-schoolers have never had their own building. Seventh- and eighth-graders shared a building with high school students, and sixth-grade students were at the three elementary schools. The new school will combine sixth- through eighth-graders in one building.

Covington schools told to release papers

        COVINGTON — Covington Independent Schools must release the qualifications of those who sought the district's superintendent's post this year, a Kenton Circuitjudge ordered Thursday.

        However, the district does not have to say who those unsuccessful candidates were.

        The school board hired Superintendent Jack Moreland in March after a two-month search. Mr. Moreland was chosen from six candidates, but the board did not release the names or any information about the other applicants.

        The Cincinnati Enquirer sued the district in March for information on all the applicants, citing Kentucky's Open Records law.

        Judge Patricia Summe issued a summary judgment Thursday.

Duveneck Center to host reception

        COVINGTON — The works of Eastside residents will be on display at a reception tonight at the newly formed Frank Duveneck Arts & Cultural Center.

        The reception will be from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at 1226 and 1230 Greenup St. in Covington. The reception is co-hosted by the Northern Kentucky African-American Heritage Task Force and the Covington Community Center.

        Featured will be the art of Eastside residents Mary Blake and Marilyn Smith, and a family heritage exhibit with Jessica Perkins. A special guest is visiting folklorist Amy Slade, who is working in the Eastside neighborhood collecting and compiling oral histories and photos and documenting cultural traditions.

        The Duveneck Center, housed in two buildings purchased in April 2000 by Forward Quest, is in the former home of American painter Frank Duveneck (1848-1919)

Thomas More College honors former leader

        HIGHLAND HEIGHTS — Today is “Rev. William F. Cleves Day,” at Thomas More College.

        The day was set aside by the board of trustees, administration, faculty, staff, students and alumni of the college to pay tribute to Father Cleves, who stepped down as president of the school in June. He will return to the classroom, teaching philosophy and theology as vice chancellor.

       



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