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Summer school gives students instruction, enrichment activities
Almost 200 students were enrolled in the Carroll County School District’s six-week summer-school program, Director of Public Relations Jeff Fremin reported to the Board of Education.
At the high school, 47 students participated in credit recovery, some of whom were able to go on and graduate.
The middle school had about 45 students who attended a three-week program, which ended June 21.
Cartmell has an average of 52 students attending four days a week. Three of these days are hands-on, game-based instruction in math and reading, with an afternoon enrichment activity in dance, drama or science. Thursday is field-trip day. So far, students have traveled to the Cincinnati Children’s Museum, Derby Dinner Playhouse, the Falls of the Ohio and the Cincinnati Zoo.
Kathryn Winn Primary averages about 43 children every day. Winn’s program is similar to Cartmell’s, but includes swimming instruction in Vevay, Ind.
The district is in its second year of tracking data for the summer program.
Fremin was very positive about those who have worked hard to make summer school possible.
“I can’t say enough about the people who have committed to the program,” he said.
School district hires new faculty, staff
The Carroll County School District’s hiring for the upcoming school year is nearly complete.
The high school’s empty positions are nearly filled, including new Food Service Director Lisa Gault and a Spanish teacher, reported Superintendent Lisa James to the Board of Education during its June 21 meeting. The Spanish teacher will join the district as part of the Visiting Teacher program through the Kentucky Department of Education. This program brings an individual from Spain to live in the United States for three years, along with his or her family, to teach Spanish.
Hiring a new principal is the last staffing position that to be filled at CCHS. Interviews are scheduled for Thursday, and the applicant is scheduled to be hired by June 30, James said.
While the open positions are filled at Carroll County Middle and Kathryn Winn Primary schools, there are a few more open spots at Cartmell Elementary, including a new instructional coach.
Football field tops list of facilities projects
The high school football field is the “pet project” of District Maintenance Director Dwayne Smith, who has been doing extensive work on the facilities to prepare for the upcoming school year.
The field recently was covered with 850 tons of topsoil, sown with grass seed, fertilized, mulched and covered in straw. The sprinklers also have been adjusted to cover all areas of the field.
Bleacher inspections will be conducted in July.
Project “Lead the Way” is in full swing at the middle school, where an additional computer lab and expanded classrooms have opened up several areas within the school, Smith said.
The project will serve the high school next, where the cafeteria renovation already is under way. The trophy cases there have been removed and the walls are being repainted.
Kathryn Winn Primary also will receive new flooring in many areas.
Ads for board vacancy continue for two weeks
The Carroll County School Board is still looking to fill the Division 3 spot vacated by Jennifer Beach.
The board advertised the position for two weeks, but received only one applicant. In accordance with state regulations, the board will advertise the position for two more weeks. Aug. 14 is the deadline to file for the November General Election.
Champions for Kids given to office staff
Superintendent Lisa James presented this month’s Champions for Kids Award to the central office staff. The staff members are Barbara Garrett, Nancy Mahoney, Melissa Tharp, Jeanne Stevenson, Suzanne Kelley, Theresa Louden and Tracie Crawford.
– Sarah Beach