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COVINGTON, KENTUCKY (FOX19) -
group of alumni are returning to their roots to keep a struggling program alive
at Holmes High School.
committee at the Covington school was considering whether or not to continue
their International Baccalaureate program. IB offers college credits for high
Instead of voting to get rid
of the program, the principal gave that group of alumni the chance to save it
officials say they were seeing fewer and fewer students enroll in the program
with more competing college credit opportunities like AP courses available to
"I always have to look at the
greater good I have to think about what's best for our students and our school
overall," principal Dennis Maines explained. "Over the past few years the IB
program has had some declining numbers and that's brought some concern to
us from a resource perspective, a human resources perspective."
In addition to alumni,
parents of alumni spoke at the meeting and others wrote in letters from around
"The most important thing
about being in this country is you can come from nothing and when given the
right opportunities you can make something of yourself," Kayla Kinker said,
addressing the committee.
Kinker, a 2007 Holmes
graduate says she was living in a homeless shelter her senior year of high
"One child in Covington with
nothing else going for them can turn their entire life around," she said.
Fast forward and she is now
headed to medical school and she credits the IB program for saving her life.
"I came to Holmes thinking I
had no future and someone told me I did," she said.
One by one, other Holmes
alumni came forward and shared their own stories of how the program impacted
"Even though I had a lot of
things that demographically said I should never be able to leave the ghetto, I
should never be able to graduate from college, the IB program taught me that I
could," one alumnus shared.
"I'm asking you, do not give
up on these children because people did not give up on me," another woman
Speakers argued the IB
program's impact spans well beyond just the students that are enrolled. The
program was called "the one great, bright, shinning light for Covington
Independent schools" and speakers warned eliminating the program would send the
wrong message to students and the community. They argued great programs bring
families and keep families in the area.
In addition to raising
concerns, the speakers also raised their hands to help in the effort. They
offered to mentor, market, and help find ways to fund the program.
"This is the first time in
all of those years I've ever seen the community come out like this to support
their students," alumnus and former Holmes teacher Carrie Cox shared. "That is
a huge turning point in Covington Independent Public Schools in getting us back
Cox's fight to keep the
program is an extension of her mother's who was battling cancer while filling
out the paperwork to get the IB program started at Holmes High School.
"She weighed 90 pounds and
they brought her desk from the school board to our home so that she could try
to complete this paperwork and she did because she knew that was my only chance
out," Cox shared.
"This was quite a showing of
passion," school principal Dennis Maines said.
In the end, Maines decided to
give the alumni a chance to bring the program back to its full potential.
"Holmes really needs this
support," he told FOX19. "We have some really tough decisions that we have to
make and if I can get the folks from the outside to come in and support us,
work with our students and help us financially with some things it's going to
be a great benefit to us."
"If you really care about
your children's education or if you care about the people who are going to go
to college and come back to your community or not come back depending on how
strong the school systems are then you should really take action," Kinker urged
other parents and community members.
The group will now have to
work with school officials to finalize a funding plan and support plan to
sustain the future of the program.
Wednesday, August 20 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-08-20 17:35:47 GMT
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