Jacob Ryan

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Jacob Ryan is a staff reporter.

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Education
12:43 am
Wed June 11, 2014

School Board Approves New JCPS Code of Conduct With Focus on Reducing Suspensions

Tuesday night's school board meeting.
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The Jefferson County Board of Education approved revisions to the districtwide Student Code of Conduct  on Tuesday night.  The changes focus on reducing suspension rates while ensuring student safety, said Jackie Wisman, the district’s director of Safe and Drug Free Schools. 

The board approved the revisions on a 5-2 vote.  Board members Debbie Wesslund and Linda Duncan voted against the changes.

Wesslund said the changes were made “too fast” and the focus needs to be on faculty and staff training, plus observation.

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Education
12:20 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Jefferson County Board of Education OKs Plan to Provide Free Meals to All Students in 95 Schools

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The Jefferson County Board of Education approved on Tuesday night  a program that will provide free breakfast and lunch to 55,000 students in 95 schools each day of class, regardless of the students' individual family income.

The program allows schools with a large percentage of students who qualify for free meals to provide free breakfast and lunches for the entire student body. Until now, a student was eligible for free meals only if their family met federal guidelines—for example, $23,850 or less per year for a family of four.

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Education
5:56 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

JCPS Superintendent Evaluation Process Begins

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The process of evaluating the performance of Jefferson County Public Schools superintendent Donna Hargens begins at Tuesday evening's school board meeting.

The evaluation process is a mandatory, said Brad Hughes, spokesman for the Kentucky School Board Association. 

He also said it is an important process.

“It’s probably next to setting tax rates and the budget as one of the most important decisions a school board has to make over the course of a year,” he said.

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Local News
12:10 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

The Logo Design Contest for the Louisville City Soccer Team Has Launched

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The logo design contest for Louisville's new professional soccer team has begun.

Last week, franchise owners officially announced that the Orlando City SC franchise would relocate to Louisville starting in spring 2015. Louisville City Football Club will play in the United Soccer Leagues PRO, an affiliate to Major League Soccer comparable to AA baseball.

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Education
6:45 am
Tue June 10, 2014

55,000 JCPS Students May Get Free Meals Under New Plan; Others Could See 10-Cent Hike

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The Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday will consider changing school  meal prices for students across the district.

Under one proposal, 55,000 students would begin getting free school breakfasts and lunches,  said Julia Bauscher, director of school and community nutrition services for JCPS. Meanwhile, the school system intends to raise by 10 cents the price of lunches for students not eligible for free or reduced meals.  

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Education
4:26 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Atherton High School Finalizes Anti-Discrimination Policies For Transgender Students

Atherton High School
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Transgender students at Atherton High School who wish to use a restroom that correlates to their gender identity now may do so under protection of a new school  policy.

The school’s decision making council voted 8-1 on Thursday to adopt Policy 500, which was modeled after a Los Angeles Unified School District rule that gives students the freedom to choose which restroom they feel most comfortable using.

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Local News
1:52 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Mayor Greg Fischer's Gas Tax Would Cost JCPS

A Jeffeson County Public School board meeting
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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer’s proposed franchise fee on natural gas could have a significant impact on the Jefferson County Public School system, district officials told WFPL.

If a fee is approved by the Metro Council at Thursday's meeting, the school district may see an additional cost of nearly $120,000 per year, according to a statement from the district’s chief financial officer, Cordelia Hardin.

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Local News
8:55 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

What You Need To Know About Louisville's New Professional Soccer Club

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Louisville will be home to a pro soccer team.

But before Louisville City FC takes to Slugger Field (its home turf) when the season begins in spring 2015, you may want to know a few things.

About 200 people showed up Wednesday to Slugger Field for the announcement, including Mayor Greg Fischer and the president of the team's league, USL PRO. A group of Louisville residents known as the Louisville Coopers were also scattered throughout the crowd.

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Local News
2:11 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Louisville is (Officially) Getting a Pro Soccer Team

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Starting next year, Louisville will host a professional soccer club in the Major League Soccer-affiliated United Soccer League PRO division.

Owners of the Louisville City Football Club announced Wednesday that the team will be relocating from Orlando before the 2015 season begins.  USL PRO is a second-tier affiliate of Major League Soccer, comparable to a AA minor league baseball team.

The team is based this season in Orlando, which is getting an MLS franchise next season. 

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Local News
6:49 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Louisville City Soccer Club Expected to be Officially Announced Today

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Professional soccer is coming to Louisville.

That's the announcement expected todday at a 2 p.m. press conference at Slugger Field, where the team's home matches would take place. They'll call the team the Louisville City Football Club.

Investors have been working for several months to move the team from Orlando to Louisville, but concerns arose this t week relating to scheduling.

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