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Education
2:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

University of Louisville Won't Release High-Profile Audit

Students exiting an underpass on Third Street at the University of Louisville's Belknap campus.
Credit Eleanor Hasken/LPM

This story was reported by Louisville Public Media's Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting.

University of Louisville officials refuse to release a report by an outside auditing firm that examined the school’s internal controls following a series of high profile – and high dollar – thefts.

This comes after the university signed an additional $100,000 contract amendment for the auditing firm to help implement its recommendations.

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Education
7:01 am
Tue June 17, 2014

With Fewer Kentucky Students Getting School Meals, New Nutrition Standards Can Pose Challenges

Vegetables served to Virginia school students through the National School Lunch Program.
Credit U.S. Agriculture Department

Since the U.S. Agriculture Department’s new school meal requirements were implemented in 2012, the cost for Jefferson County Public Schools to provide fresh produce has doubled, said Julia Bauscher, the district’s director of school and community nutrition services.

Bauscher said managing the food cost surge is “a challenge”—but for JCPS it’s manageable.

Smaller school districts, however, may be facing more daunting financial circumstances when it comes to incorporating the new school meal standards into cafeterias, Bauscher said.

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Education
1:25 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

How Some Louisville Kids Get Nutritious Meals While School's Out

Kennae Richards, 8, left, with her sister Tiyonna Williams, 9, at the Neighborhood House, where they take part in academic enrichment courses.
Credit Alix Mattingly/WFPL News

In a large sunlit cafeteria, 9-year-old Tiyonna Williams sits with about 30 other children. Soon they’ll head outside for a water balloon fight. But right now they’re eating a dinner of chicken fajitas, watermelon and salad.

“When my mom doesn’t have any money, I probably just eat snacks, all day long. Popsicles, chocolate, candy, chips,” Tiyonna says.

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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.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL

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

Credit www.jefferson.k12.ky.us/

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

Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

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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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

Credit www.jefferson.k12.ky.us

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
Credit JCPS

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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Education
6:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Atherton High School Upholds Addition of Transgender Protections to Anti-Discrimination Policy

Atherton High School
Credit JCPS

Atherton High School's decision-making council on Tuesday evening upheld a decision to adopt an anti-discrimination policy with specific protections for transgender students.

The policy remained school policy after a special SBDM meeting was called to address complaints circulated after a vote to add the policy was made last month. 

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Education
7:49 am
Sat May 31, 2014

JCPS Is Investigating Male High School's Principal

Male High School
Credit Jefferson County Public Schools

Jefferson County Public Schools launched an investigation Friday into Male High School Principal David Mike's "professional behavior"  and allegations of "improper practices at the school," a district spokesman said in an e-mail.

The investigation was launched by the assistant superintendent  who oversees Male, Paige Hartstern, following multiple complaints, JCPS spokesman Ben Jackey said.

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