10 Candidates Filed for JCPS School Board

Ten candidates are now running for three open seats on the Jefferson County School Board. 

The most recent to file is 29-year-old Elizabeth Berfield who moved from Illinois four years ago after working as a librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana. Berfield is now a stay at home mother of two.

To be on the JCPS board you have to be at least 24 years old and have lived in Kentucky for the last three years prior to filing.

Berfield said she has anticipated running for the school board and said she'd like to see JCPS administrators adopt a frugal mindset.

“I think the superintendent [Donna Hargens] has set a good path to go down as far as cutting a lot of administrative spending. I think 2012 we've been off to a good start, but I would really like to take a firm hand in creating more fiscal responsibility,” she said.

On her Facebook page she said she’d like the district to cut down on transportation costs and high administrative pay to fund teachers’ pay and infrastructure. She could not be reached for comment.

Berfield’s competition in District 2 includes local radio host Tom Mitchell, resident Melissa Rueff and the former Humana chairman David Jones Jr.

Joe Hardesty’s District 4 and Larry Hujo’s District 7 seats are also up for grab this fall. 

The filing deadline is Tuesday.

Devin Katayama

Devin Katayama host middays for WFPL and reports on education and other Louisville issues.

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