9:32 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Narrowly Approves Student Assignment Changes

Four individuals spoke in opposition of the student assignment changes.

The Jefferson County Board of Education has approved changes to the district's student assignment plan that will reduce school options but give many students shorter bus rides.

After lengthy discussion Monday night, the board ultimately approved revisions to the elementary school plan that create 13 clusters in which parents can choose schools for their children. The board retained the current six cluster system for middle and high schools, but approved new diversity criteria for all schools.  

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7:43 am
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Votes On Superintendent Evaluation, Student Assignment Changes

The proposed 13 cluster plan would offer less school choice but some students could travel shorter distances.


The Jefferson County Board of Education will vote on two key agenda items at Monday night's board meeting.

The first is the evaluation of Superintendent Donna Hargens’ first year on the job. Board chair Steve Imhoff says he’ll be surprised if the evaluation isn’t favorable. But there’s no way of knowing what discussions the board has had.

The board met once in private last month and will again meet behind closed doors before Monday night’s board meeting.

The decision to meet in executive session is their choice. Legislation was changed in 2010 to allow this, after the Courier-Journal sued the district to gain access to then-superintendent Sheldon Berman’s evaluation.

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10:07 am
Sat June 2, 2012

School's Out: Donna Hargens and JCPS Year in Review on Byline

The 2011-12 school year at JCPS just concluded, and the Board is currently evaluating the performance of new superintendent Donna Hargens, in private. 

On Byline Friday afternoon, WFPL reporter Devin Katayama spent some time looking back at the past year, including ongoing controversies over the student assignment plan, possible changes to that plan, and changes to the JCPS administrative hierarchy.