FREE EVENT: School Safety- A Sandy Hook Perspective

School Safety – A Sandy Hook Perspective

February 21, 2018

8:30 am – 11:30 am

Newport High School Auditorium 

900 East 6th Street
Newport, KY 41071

Come hear from Alissa Parker as she shares her story and inspires you toward practical ways to improve school safety.

Also hear from NaviGate Prepared and learn how school districts are using technology to streamline safety tasks and enhance preparedness.

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NKCES Welcomes Mr. Joe Bertucci

Press Release:

Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES) would like to welcome Mr. Joe Bertucci.


Mr. Joe Bertucci, Arts Integration Manager

Northern Kentucky Institute for Arts Education will bring teachers together to collaborate, across the curriculum and with community arts providers, on the design and implementation of arts-integrated lessons.

The research is clear: integrating the arts with other subject areas results in engaging, dynamic lessons that reach and challenge all students. Successful arts integration begins with professional development, bringing teachers of the arts and teachers of other content areas together to collaborate.


With the launch of the Northern Kentucky Institute for Arts Education, that collaboration begins for 120 teachers in our region.

Funded by a $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education, NKIAE will provide professional development, and a comprehensive system of support, to guide educators in arts integration and encourage interdisciplinary leaders in Northern Kentucky schools.

“Teachers of arts and other disciplines will work together each year to develop units that combine content from the arts and other subject areas, creating lessons that meet the needs of students, validate the arts, and build high-order thinking skills in our classrooms,” said Joe Bertucci, Project Manager for NKIAE.

This new collaborative effort will be managed by the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services’ Grants Consortium, working together with the Ludlow Independent School District, to implement the project. Significant support will also come from community arts partners, including: The Carnegie, Greater Cincinnati Alliance for Arts Education, Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Ballet, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Cincinnati Arts Association, NKU School of the Arts, and the Contemporary Arts Center.

Reaching students in need, the Federal program is extended to teachers at schools with 50% or more students who qualify for free and reduced lunch. Additional school district partners may come from Bellevue Independent Schools, Boone County Schools, Bracken County Schools, Covington Independent Public Schools, Dayton Independent Schools, Erlanger-Elsmere Schools, Newport Independent Schools, Pendleton County Schools, Silver Grove Independent Schools, Southgate Independent Schools, and Williamstown Independent Schools.

For more information, contact:

Joe Bertucci, Arts Integration Manager

Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services



February Board of Directors Meeting

Just a reminder there is no Board of Directors Meeting for the month of February.  The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 14th at 10:00 AM.

Please call NKCES at 859-442-8600 with any further questions!

Carter Beck, a future Beechwood Tiger, a big citizen in Ft. Mitchell where he has ideas on safety

Carter Beck may just be 5-years-old, but he’s a big citizen in Ft. Mitchell where he has ideas on safety

By Vicki Prichard
NKyTribune reporter

Next fall, five-year-old Carter Beck will attend Beechwood Elementary, and when he does he wants to make sure that he and his classmates are walking along a safe road to school.

“I’m going to Beechwood next year, so I came up with an idea: Can we make a tunnel?” says Carter.

Carter’s parents, Acena and Aaron Beck, say that the subject of street safety became a topic of conversation in their home after a child was struck while crossing the street near Beechwood Elementary last fall. The child wasn’t hurt, but the accident alerted city officials and residents to examine traffic and safety along the road.








“Carter and Acena were discussing the Beechwood Elementary student that was hit by a car in late fall,” says Aaron Beck. “Acena was bringing his attention to the need to be cautious of cars and crossing streets. Carter thought the solution would be to put a tunnel under Beechwood Road, similar to the tunnel under Dixie Highway to Blessed Sacrament, to ensure the safety of students crossing the road to school. She told Carter he should tell the mayor his plan.”

Carter, who currently attends Northern Kentucky Montessori Academy, shared his idea with his neighbor, a Fort Mitchell City Councilman.

“A few weeks ago, Mike Stoeckle was walking his dog and stopped to talk to us,” says Acena Beck. “I told Carter Mike knew the mayor and he should tell Mike his plan so Mike could tell the Mayor. Mike said he would get Carter on the agenda to speak to Council.”

The thought of going in front of city council might seem daunting to some, but Carter was no stranger to civic engagement.

Beck says their family has always been involved in community, political, and civic engagements, and Carter has attended events since he was a baby. He thoughtfully presented his ideas for safe traffic solutions to the Fort Mitchell City Council.

“Carter charmed the City Council and all guests present with his presentation of his idea to make the intersection of Beechwood Road and the railroad safer, by having one go over or under the other,” says Carter’s neighbor and friend, Col Owens. “Amazingly, he answered the Mayor’s questions in a straightforward fashion, without hesitation. I’ve seen many presentations to policy-making bodies like the City Council, and Carter’s was as comprehensible as most of them, if not more so.”

Carter sat next to Fort Mitchell Mayor, Jude Hehman, as he gave his presentation.

“He owns the city,” says Carter.

Hehman was impressed with the civic-minded young man, and his effort to find solutions to a very real issue.

“It’s not very often we have someone that young and ambitious attend and approach council,” says Hehman. “To recognize that Carter sees that there’s an issue with safety and pedestrians along our city streets is a lesson that we can learn from. This is an area that is near and dear to the heart of Mary Burns who is a current City Council Member. I’ve been helping Mary by applying for grants to offset some costs in the area that Carter is identifying near the railroad tracks.”

Aaron Beck says his son also has a plan for other sections of Beechwood Road.

“Carter also has a plan for the train tracks to raise up on a bridge on Beechwood Road just past Grandview Drive to allow cars drive through the intersection.”

Carter says someday he’ll run for political office, but for now he’ll focus on helping his city council find solutions in the community, and he looks forward to campaigning for his friend, Owens, who is making a bid for the Kentucky House of Representatives 69th District seat.

“I’m going to walk for Col,” says Carter, who plans to go door-to-door and walk in summer parades on behalf of Owens.

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Stars of Hope- Boone County High School and Conner Senior High School

Art students from Boone County High School and Conner Senior High School are taking part in a service learning project to help provide hope to those in Marshall County, Kentucky after the tragic events at Marshall County High School. Stars of Hope is a program that is designed to help spread support to communities that have been impacted by tragedy. The students are painting stars with uplifting messages and art work that will be sent to Marshall County and put on display.

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Northern Kentucky 2018 Legislative Forum- February 3, 2018

Northern Kentucky 2018 Legislative Forum – February 3, 2018



BY: Northern Kentucky Legislative Caucus
Senator Wil Schroder, Chair

The public is invited to join Northern Kentucky House and Senate members on Saturday, February 3, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. – Noon, for the 2018 Northern Kentucky Legislative Forum at Highlands High School Performing Arts Center, located at 2400 Memorial Parkway, Fort Thomas, KY. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m.

The purpose of the meeting is to provide a forum for constituents to offer input on issues during the 2018 Legislative Session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Every effort is made to accommodate those wishing to address the Caucus. The morning’s format for those wishing to speak will require signing in on a first-come, first-served basis, with the amount of time allotted for each speaker determined by the number of sign-ups. To assure there is ample time to hear input on the different issues, multiple individuals addressing the same topic may be asked to select a spokesperson for the entire group.

The members of the Northern Kentucky Caucus are:

Senator Wil Schroder, 24th District, Chair

Representative Diane St. Onge, 63rd District, Vice-Chair

Senator Julian Carroll, 7th District
Senator John Schickel, 11th District
Senator Damon Thayer, 17th District
Senator Paul Hornback, 20th District
Senator Chris McDaniel, 23rd District
Representative Phillip Pratt, 62nd District
Representative Kim Moser, 64th District
Representative Arnold Simpson, 65th District
Representative Addia Wuchner, 66th District
Representative Dennis Keene, 67th District
Representative Rick Rand, 47th District
Representative Joseph Fischer, 68th District
Representative Sal Santoro, 60th District
Representative Adam Koenig, 69th District
Representative Brian Linder, 61st District
Representative Mark Hart, 78th District

If you have any questions about the meeting or arrangements, or would like to request special accommodations for accessing the meeting, please contact Lisa Cooper, 859.283.1885, .

NKCES will be closed Monday, January 15th

The Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. We will resume regular office hours on Tuesday, January 16th. Please contact NKCES at 859-442-8600 with any questions. Thank you!

Happy Holidays from your friends at NKCES!

NKCES Welcomes Ms. Diane Hatfield

Press Release:

Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES) would like to welcome Ms. Diane Hatfield.


Ms. Diane Hatfield, Professional Learning Coordinator


Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES) Board of Directors and Executive Director, Amy Razor, would like to welcome Diane Hatfield as our new Professional Learning Coordinator.

Diane is a veteran educator who has served as a teacher, literacy coach and administrator. She brings a strong understanding of the many facets of professional learning and school leadership.  Ms. Hatfield holds a Rank I in Administration from Xavier University. Additionally, she has a Masters and Bachelors in Education for Northern Kentucky University.   Ms. Hatfield looks forward to providing professional learning opportunities to build capacity in teachers and leaders as we connect, grow and serve the Northern Kentucky region.