Jefferson County Public Schools

Education
8:45 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Fern Creek High Students Express Safety Concerns Following Shooting

Students wait for their parents to pick them up from after a shooting at Fern Creek High School.
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Student Timothy Tungate was on the third floor of Fern Creek High School on Tuesday afternoon when he heard gunshots ring out. That is, they sounded like gunshots, but he didn’t think it was real.

“It is something that you wouldn’t think would happen because Fern Creek was such a good school,” he said.

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2:06 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Student Shot and Injured at Fern Creek High School

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Update 6:45 a.m. Wednesday: More on the Arrest

The 16-year-old accused in the shooting at Fern Creek High School on Tuesday afternoon is being held at the Jefferson County Youth Detention Center on multiple charges, according to a Louisville Metro Police news release issued late Tuesday evening.

Police arrested the 16-year-old at about4 p.m. at an apartment in the 5100 block of Oxford Place, which is near the high school. Police said the apartment is not the suspect's home and they are trying to determine the connection the suspect had to the apartment.

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Education
11:21 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Jefferson County School Board To Finalize Budget

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The Jefferson County Board of Education will cast its final vote on Monday evening on the school district’s 2014-2015 budget.

The proposed working budget for the 2014-2015 school year is just more than $1.4 billion, according to district data.

District officials have been working to finalize the budget since the beginning of the calendar year.

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Local News
7:00 am
Tue September 9, 2014

Jefferson County Ranks 60th (Out of Kentucky's 120 Counties) In Children's Well-Being

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More than anywhere in Kentucky, the well-being of children in Jefferson County is inconsistent, according to data released Tuesday  in the 2014 Kids Count County Data Book.

In health, Jefferson County ranks No. 12. In education, it ranks No. 112.

“No county in Kentucky has a higher variability than Jefferson County," said Terry Brooks, executive director for Kentucky Youth Advocates, which released the report.

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Education
9:38 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

JCPS May Put Schools of Innovation in Maupin Elementary, Myers Middle Buildings

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Under a proposal unveiled Monday, the winners of Jefferson County Public Schools' School of Innovation competition would go into two existing district buildings—Maupin Elementary near the Parkland neighborhood and the former Myers Middle off Klondike Lane.

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Education
3:00 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

JCTA's Political Action Committee Endorses Four Jefferson County School Board Candidates

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Four candidates vying for seats on the Jefferson County board of education have the endorsement of the Better Schools Kentucky PAC, an extension of the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

Brent McKim, the JCTA president, said on Tuesday the political action committee of the teacher’s union will support Diane Porter (District 1), Linda Duncan (District 5), Stephanie Horne (District 3) and Lisa Willner (District 6) during their campaigns for Jefferson County school board.

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Education
6:58 am
Tue August 26, 2014

Chart: 50 Highest Real Estate Tax Levies By Kentucky School Districts

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On Monday night, the Jefferson County Board of Education unanimously decided to keep the school district's real estate tax levy the same as the previous year—71 cents per $100 of a resident's assessed property value. The 71-cent rate established in 2013 will continue through the 2014-15 fiscal year.

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Education
11:11 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Jefferson County School Board Votes to Keep Property Tax Rate Unchanged

Jefferson County Teachers Association President Brent McKim speaks Monday night to the school board before the property tax vote.
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The Jefferson County Board of Education voted Monday night to leave its property tax rate unchanged for the new fiscal year.

That means the current rate of 71 cents per $100 of a resident’s assessed property value will not change.  At that rate, a person who owns real estate valued at $100,000 would pay $710 annually in tax.

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Education
6:56 am
Mon August 25, 2014

As School Board Considers Tax Tonight, Hargens Says JCPS Must be 'Stewards of Every Dollar'

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Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens said the district increasing taxes just to boost revenue would not be responsible, even though it faces a near $20-million budget deficit.

“We have to be stewards of every dollar,” Hargens told WFPL on Friday. 

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Education
4:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Early School Start Times Lead To Lower Test Scores, Study Says

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Students attending Kentucky elementary schools with early start times fare worse than students who start school later, according to a report recently published in the American Psychological Association's Journal of Educational Psychology.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Kentucky and Auburn University, collected 2011-2012 school year data from 718 Kentucky elementary schools, representing every school district in the state, according to Peggy Keller, lead researcher and UK psychology assistant professor.

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