Jefferson County Public Schools

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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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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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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