Wednesday, November 3, 2004

N.Ky. schools' education guide available online



By Lori Cox
Enquirer contributor

Parents, real-estate agents and anyone else who wants detailed information about Northern Kentucky schools won't have to wait for paper copies anymore.

Directories for school districts, test scores, activities and even degree programs offered by local colleges are available via computer now that the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce has placed its annual Education Guide online.

The guide will provide the same information as previous hard copies, said Amanda Dixon, coordinator for education initiatives at the chamber, but the information will be constantly updated, unlike the paper version that was printed once a year.

People new to the area will especially appreciate the quick access to school information, said Kathy Koops, director of Sibcy Cline relocation services for Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky.

"People like to have all the school (information) together, at their fingertips," Koops said.

The online guide will be a valuable resource, said Michael Brandt, superintendent of Newport Independent School District, a sponsor of the online guide.

"I think it is helpful to be upfront with the community ... It is helpful for parents to make informed decisions," Brandt said.

Dixon said the chamber plans to expand and add resources to the guide each year, including the capability to make comparisons of school districts.

The 2004-2005 Education Guide can be accessed at www.educationguide-nky.com.




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