Jefferson County Public Schools

Education
9:48 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Tonight, the Jefferson County Board of Education Hears 'School of Innovation' Proposals

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Four groups who have proposed the next Jefferson County public school will make their pitches Monday to the school board, which next month will choose a winning design.

The JCPS School Design Competition was introduced to the community last year. After whittling down more than 60 proposals, district leaders worked with the four finalist groups. Monday night, the groups will present actionable plans that could be implemented by the 2015-2016 school year.

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Education
11:25 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Here's The JCPS List of School Supplies. (But Families Should Hold Off Buying For a Bit.)

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Louisville families now have an idea of what supplies kids need for public school.

Jefferson County Public School on Friday released a much-anticipated list of fundamental school supplies for the 2014-15 academic year.

Most students go back to school on Aug. 13.

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Education
6:54 am
Fri July 25, 2014

15 Mental Health Counselors Will Be Based In JCPS Schools

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For the first time, Jefferson County Public Schools will have mental health counselors based in schools.

Fifteen will be added to school buildings in the upcoming academic year.

The counselors will supplement other services provided to students, like Seven Counties Services,  and take some of the workload away from school guidance counselors, said said Michelle Sircy, the district’s counselor specialist. 

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Education
6:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Why JCPS Schools Aren't Releasing Supplies Lists Yet

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Jefferson County Public Schools administrators are developing uniform, district-wide general lists of supplies all students will need next month when classes resume.

Schools haven't released supply lists yet, possibly to the consternation of parents wanting to get a jump start before the first day of classes on Aug. 13.

A top JCPS academic official said the general school supplies list will be beneficial to parents.

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Education
7:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Is Putting Resource Police Officers in a Few More Buildings

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More police will be working in schools within the Jefferson County Public School district next year.

Funds coming from a federal grant will allow the Louisville Metro Police department to send school resource officers to five additional schools when classes resume in the fall, said Stan Mullen, the director of student safety at JCPS.

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Education
4:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Responds to State Audit

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Jefferson County Public Schools plans to review salaries, analyze school staffing levels and inventory text books in response to a critical state audit earlier this year.

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Education
11:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Jefferson County Public Schools Takes Step Toward Building New Elementary School in Norton Commons

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Jefferson County Public Schools has begun the process to build a new elementary school in the northeastern part of the county.

The Jefferson County Board of Education on Monday night approved the proposal to construct a $15 million school at Norton Commons.

The school will serve students residing in elementary school cluster 10.

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Education
10:57 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

School Board Gives JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Positive Review

Donna Hargens
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Superintendent Donna Hargens is meeting the Jefferson County Board of Education's expectations—but board members also want to hear more of her opinions on school matters.

The school board on Monday night released the findings and recommendations of its annual superintendent evaluation, outlining objectives for Hargens to pursue in the 2014-2015 academic year.

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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.
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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.
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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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