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Solar Eclipse

We spent some time with students from Camp Ernst Middle School and Kelly Elementary as they learned all about the eclipse. Students at Camp Ernst collected data regarding temperature change, animal behavior, and shadows. Rex McBride from the Boone County Extension Service paid a visit to Kelly to help teach students about the size and distance of the sun and the moon. It was a great learning opportunity for everyone!


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Welcome back!

Today was the first day of school for a brand new school year!  Here is a look around the district as teachers and staff welcomed students back into the classrooms.

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Boone County School Bus Rehearsal Bus

The Boone County School Bus rehearsal has been completed. The buses drove the routes scheduled for the 2017-2018 school year. It was an opportunity for parents and students will get to meet their bus driver in the morning at the time their particular bus will pick them up. Thank you to everyone in the community that participated, to the local media for their coverage and we also would like to thank Kona Ice for coming out to support our drivers too!


Collins Elementary Open House

Collins Elementary held it's Open House for the new school year. Students and their parents had an opportunity to meet their new teachers, tour the school and get to know our community partners.

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Early Childhood Development

Child development from birth to five years is the foundation for a prosperous and sustainable society. Neurological research shows that the early years play a key role in children's brain development.

Your child's social, emotional and physical development has a direct impact on the adult they will become. Today's children are tomorrow's citizens, employees and parents. If we invest wisely in them, the next generation will reflect that through a lifetime of productivity and responsible citizenship.  Evidence tells us that if we get it right in the early years we can expect to see children thrive throughout school and their adult lives.  When we fail to provide children with a strong foundation to live healthy and productive lives, we put our future prosperity and security at risk. 

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Student Board Representative

We are pleased to announce Bryan Padilla from Conner High School has been elected to serve as the student representative on the Boone County Board of Education for the 2017-2018 school year. Bryan Padilla was sworn in by the Honorable J. R. Schrand.

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Golf Outing

The Boone County Business Association held it's 17th Annual Golf Outing to help support Boone County Schools Alternative Services. The benefits of the outing go to help support the association's effort to provide winter coats, hats, and gloves to students in need. We would like to thanks all of those who were involved!

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District Grading Scale

During the 2016-2017 school year, Boone County Schools reviewed the board policy for grading (08.221). A revision to the grading policy was enacted in May 2017 based on multiple meetings throughout the year to analyze and evaluate local, regional, and national data surrounding grading scales and their impact on student success.
The grading scale changes directly affect all students in grades 4-12. Details of the changes are listed below.
Boone County PREVIOUS Grading Scale:
● 94-100 = A
● 87-93=B
● 86-78=C
● 77-70=D
● Below 70 failing grade
Boone County Schools NEW Grading Scale Effective July 1, 2017:
● 90-100 = A
● 80-89 = B
● 70-79 = C
● Below 70 is “I” for INCOMPLETE until June 30 of the academic year. Students with an “I” will be provided support by the school to remediate learning to reach a 70. If the grade is still listed as an “I” after June 30, then it becomes a failing grade.
This new grading scale provides comparability of student achievement between Boone County Schools and that of many other districts across the nation.

KASA District Administrator of the Year

Jerry Gels was selected as the district-level Administrator of the Year by the Kentucky Association of School Administrators at the KASA Annual Leadership Institute in Louisville, Kentucky on July 26th, 2017.  

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Gels led the overhaul of the district’s alternative education program.  Students work through alternative means to earn credits and focus on project-based learning and service learning initiatives; creating real products that build pride, self-worth and renewed engagement in school.

Gels is credited with the idea to form the Boone County Early College and Boone County Design School. He was instrumental in forming partnerships with three postsecondary institutions (Northern Kentucky University, Thomas More College and Gateway Community and Technical College) allowing Boone County students to attend college for a half day with the potential of earning 24 college credits hours per year.

Stuff the Bus

Boone County Schools would like to thank everyone who participated in the Stuff the Bus Challenge.  Our district won the friendly competion against Kenton County Schools and Campbell County Schools and will receive the $500 prize!  We collected over 7480 items and all of the donated supplies will go to needy children in our district.  Thank you to Chick-fil-A and to everyone that came out to support a great cause!

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Notice of Non-Discrimination

Public Notice

Boone County Board of Education



Students, their families and employees/ potential employees of the Boone County School District are hereby notified that the Boone County School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, marital status, sex, disability or genetic information in employment programs, vocational programs, or activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups, set forth in compliance with federal and state statutes and regulations. The lack of English language skills is not a barrier to admission and participation in programs and activities including career and technical education programs.

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Our Mission

District Mission:  Representing and in partnership with our stakeholders, the Boone County School District recognizes that all children can learn and dedicates itself to providing a challenging educational environment that allows each student to achieve to his or her highest potential as a learner and citizen.

District Vision:  Every graduate ready for college, career, and life



  • 2018 Kentucky Teacher of the Year: Kellie Clark-Cooper High
  • 2017 KASA District Administrator of the Year: Jerry Gels
  • 2017 Kentucky Director of Pupil Personnel of the Year: Mike Ford
  • 2017 Golden Apple award winners: Ryan Bowman-Cooper High, Elizabeth Gibbons Koch-Florence Elementary
  • 2017 Rotary Teachers of the Year: Jessica Isaacs-Imagineering Academy and Mary Claire Cockrell-Alternative Center for Education
  • 2016 PLTW Middle School Gateway Teacher of the Year: Todd Hanley-R.A. Jones Middle  School
  • 2016 Storer/Toyota Business Engagement Collaboration: Dr. Karen Cheser, Deputy Superintendent
  • 2016 Helen Carroll Champion of Education award: Sue Sorrell-Conner High 
  • 2016 Golden Apple award winners: Melissa Dunn-Yealey Elementary, Kyle Holloway-Erpenbeck Elementary, Elizabeth Kamradt-Conner Middle and William Kidwell-Gray Middle
  • 2016 Rotary Teachers of the Year: Chad Caddell-Stephens Elementary, Michelle David-Cooper High, Julia Hansel-Conner Middle 
  • 2016 KET Innovative Teacher Award: Regina Egbers-Gray Middle
  • 2016 KMEA State Elementary Music Teacher of the Year Award - Betty Webber-Erpenbeck Elementary
  • 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award – Superintendent Dr. Randy Poe
  • 2015 F.L. Dupree Outstanding Superintendent Award – Dr. Randy Poe
  • 2015 Outstanding Women of Northern Kentucky – Deputy Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser
  • 2015 National Woman Administrator Award Finalist – Deputy Superintendent Dr. Karen Cheser 2015
  • A.D. Albright Outstanding Administrator Leader – Connie Crigger, Mann Elementary School Principal
  • 2015 Greater Cincinnati Teacher of Excellence – Alexandra Shepherd, Burlington Elementary School
  • 2015 Rotary Teachers of the Year: Valorie Cooper-Burlington Elementary School and Eric Blankenship-Conner Middle School
  • 2015 National Outstanding Biology Teacher Award – Lenny Beck, Boone County High School
  • 2014 Rotary Teachers of the Year: Kelly Reed-Boone County High School, Karen Wiebe-Camp Ernst Middle School and Lisa Willoughby-Mann Elementary School
  • 2014-2015 Kentucky Counselor of the Year – Chris Deel, North Pointe Elementary School
  • 2014-2015 (72) National Board Certified Teachers 2015 Teacher of the Year Semi-finalists: Stacie Kegley, Longbranch Elementary & Victoria Yeomanson, Cooper High School
  • 2014 KASA Administrator of the Year – Erika Bowles, Longbranch Elementary School Principal
  • 2014 Kentucky PTA Outstanding Educator – Jim Detwiler, Stephens Elementary School Principal
  • 2014 National American History Teacher of the Year – Doug Logan, Ockerman Middle School
  • 2014 NTSA Distinguished Teaching Award – Tricia Shelton, Boone County High School
  • 2014 3C Outstanding Educator Award – Victoria Yeomanson, Cooper High School
  • 2013 Superintendent of the Year – Dr. Randy Poe, Boone County Schools 2013 KASA Administrator of the Year – Karen Cheser, Boone County Schools Deputy Superintendent
  • 2013 KASA Administrator of the Year – Tim Hitzfield, Conner High School Principal
  • 2013 Blue Ribbon School – Mann Elementary
  • 2013 Siemens Fellow – Melissa Stolz, R.A. Jones Middle School
  • 2013 Oasis Award Winner
  • 2013 Florence Rotary Club Teacher of the Year - Akrivi Watson, North Pointe Elementary
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