Saturday, June 7, 2003

100-student Kenton Central closes for good

By William Croyle
Enquirer contributor

After a decade of serving alternative students in Kenton County, Kenton Central High School in Park Hills closed its doors for good Thursday.

The school held a graduation ceremony Thursday night, with 24 students earning their diplomas.

"It was a nice ceremony," said Chuck Ladwig, principal of the school for the last six years. "Everybody really has been in a pretty good mood."

The Kenton County School Board voted Feb. 24 to close the school, along with Visalia Elementary School, because of budget constraints.

Superintendent Susan Cook said at the meeting that the district would save $620,455 by closing Kenton Central. Since then, the district has sold the building to Gateway Community and Technical College, which will add $550,000 to the district's general fund at closing.

The roughly 100 students forced out of Kenton Central will transfer to one of the seven middle schools or high schools in the district.

"We have specific plans in place at each of these schools for these kids," said Assistant Superintendent Peter Lefaivre.

"We will translate the best of Kenton Central to these schools. They will have the same type of individualized instruction and the same counselor support."

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