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Superintendent's Message

CCS Update - December 2, 2021



Greetings Campbell County Families,

Presented below is my most recent update, providing important information about Campbell County Schools.  I would like to invite you to read this information at your earliest convenience.  I want to apologize, upfront, for the length of this post.  This one is quite a bit longer than usual.

 

CCS Takes Possession of the Former DAV Headquarters:

Please see my press release from Monday regarding this topic.  I would also like to share with you my frequently asked questions (FAQs) about our desire to acquire the DAV which was distributed last December.  So where are we now?  The school district took physical possession of the property on Tuesday.  To dispel rumors, the Kentucky Department of Education provided the district with full authorization to acquire the DAV back in October.  My goal is to begin the process to renovate and repurpose the property into a middle school campus as soon as possible. However, the City of Cold Spring voted last night in a special meeting to initiate an appeal of the ruling that granted us possession.  So, best case scenario is that the appeal process stops and the district can move forward with the renovation which will likely take every bit of two years.  Worst case is that we lose an appeal and have to start from scratch, which will be very daunting.  The middle of the road scenario would be that we win on appeal but that the appeal takes a year or years to be decided.  Based on the Circuit Court's decision, which may be found here, I think we have a VERY STRONG position.  Time is the essence!  For those of you living in Cold Spring, I would encourage you to ask the City Council to drop their appeal, in the best interest of students and to relieve the congestion at our current middle school.  

I also want to dispel a few rumors.  The City has said that the development of the property into a hospital would bring in over $1.5 million in taxes annually, the majority of which would go to the school district.  This is a gross miscalculation.  We collect 64.8 cents per $100 of property valuation.  If a hospital or other improvement was valued at $30 million, we would only collect $194,400 (30,000,000/ $100 X .648).  Even if the property were to be valued at the same amount as St. Elizabeth in Fort Thomas ($66 million), we would collect $427,680.  There is no way that property will ever generate the amount of revenue the city claims.  

Traffic - yes, there will be some increased traffic to contend with but we had a traffic engineer evaluate the site and we would need to improve the intersections around the DAV, and turn lanes on US 27 and 1998 to help traffic move more smoothly.  That will be built into our design and the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has already signed off on the site and seen the engineering report.  

Other schools/sites.  I will be quick here.  First of all, our current middle school is the third largest in the state with over 1,215 students.  The only two larger ones are in Jefferson County.  We need to cut its enrollment in half.  Silver Grove is TINY and the elementary side is not in good shape.  It only holds 200-300 students, max.  It sits in a flood plain, is land locked with almost no parking, and cannot be legally improved upon with capital improvement or bonded funds. We have evaluated many other sites on which to put a middle school in the north.  Most are either too small, topographically challenged, or cost prohibitive to develop.

And finally, I will reiterate what I have mentioned publicly on several occasions.  This 30-acre site, with its 125,000 square foot office and warehousing space, in the location where it sits, is about as perfect as we will ever find and can be renovated much cheaper than developing another property, running new utilities, and building from the ground up.

 

District Improvement Plan:

With feedback from teachers and staff, our principals and department heads have been working the past few months to review and revise both the school and district improvement plans.  Our draft Comprehensive District Improvement Plan (CDIP) is currently available for your review.  We would like to solicit feedback from our stakeholders on our draft plan.  I have generated a video, with slides, that walks you through the highlights of our draft plan.  That video may be found here.  The CDIP in its entirety may be found here.  And finally, our feedback survey may be found via this link.  I would like to invite you to review our improvement plan at your leisure and provide input through the survey.  The draft plan and survey link will be available for review through December 15th.  

 

Snow Day Notification Test:

As you may recall, I administered a test of our snow day notification system on Saturday, November 20th, at 7:00 p.m.  This included notification through the following modes:  voice call, email, text message and posting on the district Twitter and Facebook pages.  If you did not receive notification via phone, email and/or text, you may need to update your contact information within our student information system.  To make any changes, please contact your child's school office.  

 

We are Hiring! Come JOIN our Team!

We have full-time and part-time positions available.  We have vacancies for bus drivers, bus monitors, custodians, para-educators (instructional aides), food service and substitutes for nearly all positions.  We will train and provide competitive health benefits and retirement plans for most positions.  In addition, we also have a diesel mechanic position and a vacancy for a school psychologist.  Please access our human resource page to see positions and initiate your application TODAY!  If you know someone else who is looking for a job or who may be interested in joining our team, please forward this note to them.

 

Food Service:

Staff in the Food and Nutrition Department are working diligently each day to prepare healthy and nutritious meals for the students and staff in each school. Current supply chain issues for food, supplies, and paper goods is impacting products that are routinely offered. Rest assured that every effort is being made to continue to offer the highest quality products available. Supply chain issues can affect the planned menus and result in schools having to offer different food products. Food and Nutrition staff are working to communicate any changes in any school menu. Please note that all meals are offered to students during the current school year at no cost. Thank you for your continued support of the Campbell County Food and Nutrition Department as they work to offer the highest quality meal possible to the students and faculty in our district.

 

District COVID Numbers:

Please see the number of students who are positive or in quarantine right now.  

CC Covid 12-1-21

 

District Attendance Rate:

This is a new chart that I want to share with you.  This shows the percentage of students in attendance at each school and as aggregated for the district in white.  The black dashed line is the target that I would like to see us be above regularly, at 93%.  In pre-COVID years, our attendance rate rarely EVER fell below 94 percent as a district, even during the worst flu seasons.  So this is still concerning to me.  I am, however, pleased to see that Campbell Ridge, Crossroads and Grant's Lick are all above 93%.  I will continue to share this on a weekly basis.

CC attendance 12-1-21

 

Incidence Rates:

REGIONAL RATES, as published daily by the Kentucky Department of Public Health (KYCOVID):

The county incidence rate has increased since last week and we are back in the red.

 

KY covid 12-1-21

 

NOTICE: I am going to begin phasing out the state COVID map above and focus more on the zip code map that is included below and district attendance graph at the top.  The state-generated map above is derived from the exact same data as the regional zip code map below but lags a day or two as data is collected from our local health department. 

 

CAMPBELL RATES by ZIP CODE, as published daily by the Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health):

 

nky covid 12-1-21 c

I hope this information has been helpful to you. 

Thank you, and have a great evening!

 

Sincerely,

David A. Rust, Superintendent

 

 

 

 

 




12/2/2021


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