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Former Mississippi State hoops star Tony Watts now superintendent of Newport Independent Schools

By Pat Crowley Special to the NKyTribune A suggestion from a friend and what turned out to be a momentous meeting with one of Northern Kentucky’s top educators led Tony Watts into a career that has culminated in becoming the superintendent of the Newport Independent Schools. Watts was working in the restaurant industry in Northern Kentucky when Debra Vance, a friend who works in communications...

KCTCS president supports Trump’s call to invest in America’s workers, expedite economic recovery

The president of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System is supporting President Donald Trump’s call to action by the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board to invest in American workers and expedite the country’s economic recovery. Dr. Jay Box, president of the 16-college system, was in Washington, D.C., on Friday to attend a meeting of the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board...

Letter to Newport community from Tony Watts, new superintendent of Newport Independent Schools

Dear Newport Community, I am reaching out to students, parents, families and members of the community to introduce myself as the new superintendent of the Newport Independent Schools. I thank the Newport Board of Education for their confidence in me, I express admiration for the job performed by Superintendent Kelly Middleton and I look forward to serving the school district and the community for many...

Kentucky Department of Education names three finalists for state’s next commissioner of education

The Kentucky Board of Education has named three candidates vying to become Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. The board will meet July 6-7 to conduct second-round interviews with the three candidates in Louisville. The candidates include: Jason Glass Jason Glass Jason Glass, Ed.D. – Glass has been serving as superintendent and chief learner for Jeffco Public Schools in the metro Denver...

NKU is ‘Moving Forward’ with plans for safe, healthy and student-ready opening for fall semester

Staff report Northern Kentucky University is “Moving Forward” with fall planning in an environment driven by the COVID-19 pandemic and the necessity — and opportunity — to re-examine everything. It is committed to change the university to a “more student-ready, regionally engaged institution.” NKU had previously announced that there would be no tuition increases in the coming...

Dr. Robert Arnold named acting dean of Thomas More University’s College of Business

Dr. Robert Arnold has been named acting dean of Thomas More University’s College of Business for the 2020-21 academic year. Arnold arrived at Thomas More in 1995 and has since served as department chair, division chair, and director of Thomas More’s Accelerated and Graduate Program. While teaching within the College of Business, he has helped establish two new academic programs – a Bachelor...

UK kinesiology professor writes own textbook to help students; encourages physical activity for all

By Amanda Nelson University of Kentucky Students majoring in kinesiology-exercise science at the University of Kentucky often begin their program with a course that provides a brief history of physical activity and an introduction to modern issues in sport. In the years Jill Day has been teaching it, she has never found a textbook spanning the variety of topics she covers, so she has written her own. “I...

Education Commissioner Kevin Brown: Letter to Kentucky Public School families on school reopening

Dear Kentucky Public School Families: As discussions continue about reopening schools in the fall, I am sharing with you Kentucky’s Healthy at School guidance released Wednesday. The Department for Public Health guidelines state that all students will be expected to wear a mask on buses and at school except for kindergartners and students with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing masks....

NKU’s College of Informatics launches region’s first undergraduate cybersecurity program

Northern Kentucky University now offers the only undergraduate cybersecurity program in the Great Cincinnati region. NKU’s Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity blends fundamental business knowledge and computer science skills to protect vital information in the age of digital transformation. Unlike technology programs currently available across higher education, the new College of Informatics (COI)...

Search for new head of Kentucky Department of Education now narrowed to four candidates

By Jacob Perkins Kentucky Department of Education At its June 25 meeting, the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) reviewed reference information received by the search firm Greenwood/Asher and Associates Inc. to narrow the list of potential candidates vying to become Kentucky’s next commissioner of education. The board had directed the firm during its June 12 meeting to conduct reference checks on...

Healthy@school guidance issued for upcoming school year — and, yes, students should wear masks

The Kentucky Department for Public Health, in collaboration with the Kentucky Department of Education, issued the highly anticipated guidance for schools and districts on how to safely reopen for the upcoming school year amid the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic. The release of the 24-page document, “Safety Expectations and Best Practices Guidelines for Kentucky Schools (K-12),” was announced by...

Letter to the community from retiring Newport Independent Schools Superintendent Kelly Middleton

To the Newport Independent Schools community, As a look back on my nearly eight years as superintendent the Newport Independent Schools, I am filled with a sense of pride, accomplishment, and gratitude. Our administration, board of education, teachers, staff, students, families, and community have worked together as a team, making strides, and achieving great success in providing opportunities for...

Kentucky’s superintendents provide feedback in virtual meeting on reopening schools in the fall

The Kentucky Department of Education’s (KDE) Superintendents Advisory Council held its virtual meeting on June 22 and much like previous advisory council meetings convened by the department, the primary focus remained on reopening schools in the fall. Interim Education Commissioner Kevin C. Brown informed the district leaders that the highly anticipated Healthy at School guidance from the Kentucky...

Join the free Northern Kentucky Virtual College Fair via Zoom on June 25 — register here

Northern Kentucky University – in partnership with Gateway Community & Technical College, Thomas More University and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce – will host the Northern Kentucky Virtual College Fair on June 25. The open house experience invites recent high school graduates and family members to consider completing their Fall 2020 semester closer to home. Representatives from...

NKU among five state universities to forgo tuition hikes in effort to maintain college affordability

Students at five Kentucky universities will not face any tuition hikes this fall under plans approved Friday by the state Council on Postsecondary Education as part of a strategic effort to maintain college affordability during COVID-19. Public campuses are on track for one of the smallest average increases in tuition in decades, although rates at three state universities remain pending. While the...