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Ronald McDonald HouseAs a community service learning project, the First Grade Class at Newport Primary will be collecting pull tabs to donate to Cincinnati’s Ronald McDonald House. We are helping to keep families together when it matters most, and we’re giving the students the joy of giving and teaching our students the value of recycling!


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7th Grade Students Participate in Duke TIP

Duke TIP 2017Newport High School is proud to announce six of our 7th grade students qualified to participate in the Duke University Talent Identification Program (Duke TIP).  Students qualify for Duke TIP by scoring in the 95th percentile or above on a recent standardized assessment (2014 or 2015 KPREP; Spring 2015 or Fall 2015 MAP).  These students ventured to Northern Kentucky University on Saturday, February 11, 2017 to take the ACT, which is a standardized assessment typically taken by 11th grade students.  A big congratulations on your honor and accomplishment!  Keep up your academic excellence!  
 


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WHAS Grant helps Students with Autism

WHAS CrusadeThe number of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum continues to grow rapidly. The Tafolla family faced that diagnosis not once but twice. Both sons are on the autism spectrum. They’re finding help at the Newport Independent Schools thanks in part to the WHAS Crusade for Children.  The WHAS Crusade for Children, Inc. established in 1954 by WHAS-TV, raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to better the lives of special needs children.  Click here to watch a video of the Tafolla story.


Newport Schools Helping Its Own

Homeless StudentIn a school district where nearly one out of seven students is homeless, Newport Independent Schools are reaching out to help with food, support and hope.  Some 220 of Newport’s 1,500 students are living in shelters, cars, tents, with friends or family members while still trying to get an education. That impacts a student’s ability to concentrate in class and learn.  Click here to watch a WCPO video and read more about how Newport Schools are lending a helping hand.


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Brighton Center to help Qualified People with their Taxes

Brighton CenterBrighton Center now has three VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) tax preparation sites open for the 2017 Tax Season.The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help to people who generally make $64,000 or less, persons with disabilities and the elderly who need assistance in preparing their own tax returns. IRS-certified volunteers provide free basic income tax return preparation with electronic filing to qualified individuals.


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Nickel Tax Facts

Dear Newport Parents:                             DO NOT SIGN!
As many of you already know, on January 11th, the Board of Education approved an additional five cents equivalent tax rate on real and personal property.  As required by the General Assembly, a hearing was advertised in the KY Enquirer on December 28, 2016 and again on January 4, 2017 to hear public comments regarding the proposed levy. The state rewards school districts for taking this nickel by equalizing (giving us state funds); thus, school districts who do not take the second nickel are leaving money for schools and students "on the table."   Presently, over 100 school districts take this second nickel. This tax will not go into effect until the 2017-2018 tax year.  However, it is a recallable tax which, simply put, means residents of the city may file a petition with the county clerk’s office to have this tax levy added to the ballot in an election if they receive enough signatures against the increase.  It has come to our attention that such a petition has been filed by a short-sighted group of Newport residents who are clearly not acting in the best interests of our students, teachers, staff and community.  Basically, if our opponents are successful with their petition drive, the board will then be left with no other option than to take the 4% tax increase next fall.


We think it is important for you to know why the Board found it necessary to approve the nickel tax increase:

1.       The money raised thru this tax levy can only be used to improve facilities which impacts our students;  some of the major improvements needed are:

o   HVAC systems and controls  - (Our students and staff have already endured faulty HVAC Systems) 
o   Roofing projects (Our students and staff are already dealing with roof leaks)
o   High school cafeteria upgrades
o  Security cameras throughout the district
o   Bleachers in the high school gym
o   Gym floor at the high school
o   Band room/office suite
o   Art and graphics suite
o   Replacing carpet at the intermediate and primary schools
o   Masonry repairs
o   Stadium bleachers
o   Entry doors, classroom doors, restroom doors at the primary school
o   District signage
     


 2.      NOT accepting this tax increase means the district is leaving approximately $2.3 million dollars on the table that the state would “equalize” for our part in seeking this funding.  Those funds alone pay for several of the large ticket items listed above.

3.       This is a feasible increase; for a homeowner whose home value is $100,000, this represents an increase of only $58/year; or $4.83 per month. 

4.       There are many state level issues that are or will be affecting our financial position - all unfunded - that districts state-wide are currently carrying the burden for or will be in the near future. 

5.    The Board of Education has not taken the 4% tax increase in the past five years; this equates to over $2.5 million dollars.  Failure to pass this tax levy will result in the board administering higher taxes in the future which are not recallable.    

So I ask you - on behalf of the entire Newport school system - please do not sign the petition if you are asked. Losing this funding at this critical juncture, when our facilities are in dire need of attention and improvements, will only force us to remain static or even take a step back at a time of great momentum and progress in our district. Kelly E. Middleton

Click here to hear the audio interview of Superintendent Middleton by RCN reporter Michael Monks.


Perfect North Slopes Trip

Perfect North Group
A small group of students enjoyed the day at Perfect North Slopes.  Visit the District Photo Gallery for more photos of this fun day
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Newport Independent Alumni Video Series

The Newport Independent Schools have launched a video alumni series featuring graduates talking about how the Newport schools have positively impacted their lives.  The first video features Aaron Johnson, a 1997 Newport High School graduate who owns and operates AJ's Kut 'n' Up barber shop at 529 York Street in Newport.

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