Jefferson County Public Schools has received 67 letters of intent to design the first ever School of Innovation.
When JCPS announced its School of Innovation Design Competition last month officials told the public to think big. They said any individual or group could submit an idea, which will be due at the end of January.
The proposals can include suggestions on new ways to educate. City innovation director Ted Smith says the ideas should “make us gasp.”
A committee will narrow those proposals down to a select few in February and those candidates will work with JCPS staff to develop their ideas.
The finalists will present those polished ideas to the school board next summer. Officials say the winning concept could become a reality in the 2015-2016 school year.
JCPS is one of Kentucky’s four Districts of Innovation, which allows it to waive certain education department regulations. Some saw the law that created innovation districts as a compromise to charter schools. Others argue it doesn’t go far enough.