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4:52 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

JCPS May Use Presbyterian Community Center Building for Early Childhood Programs

The Presbyterian Community Center in Smoketown.
Credit Jacob Ryan/WFPL News

Jefferson County Public Schools administrators tonight will ask for board approval for the purchase of the Presbyterian Community Center, which closed in late 2013 after operating for nearly 115 years.

JCPS plans to spend $1.5 million on the Smoketown neighborhood property.

The purchase would be a step toward establishing an early childhood program in the area he said has a need for such services, said Michael Raisor, the district’s chief operations officer.

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Education
3:27 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Louisville Metro Events Offer Free School Supplies, Health Screenings

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Free school supplies and health screenings will be  available starting this week for Louisville families to help prepare students for the start of the school year.

Community centers, schools and Neighborhood Places around the city are working with the city’s Department of Community Services to provide the resources to residents at events beginning July 31 and continuing through August 9.

Debbie Belt, a spokeswoman for the Department of Community Services, said the events are essential for helping students get ready for the first day of school.

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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

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

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
3:25 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Kentucky Tech Students Earn Scholarships at National Skills Competition

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Six Kentucky students placed in the top 10 in a national technical skills competition, earning themselves thousands of scholarship dollars, the state education department announced Thursday.

More than 100 of Kentucky students with skills in drafting, metalworking, masonry and culinary arts last month joined nearly 7,000 others from across the U.S. to compete for top honors at the annual Skills USA Competition in Kansas City.

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Education
6:56 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Why JCPS Schools Aren't Releasing Supplies Lists Yet

Credit Joseph Lord/WFPL News

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
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
6:58 am
Wed May 28, 2014

At Risk: WFPL's 3-Month Look Into the Lives of Louisville's Struggling Students

Bryan "Kenny-Man" Bishop and his sister Bryana at home.
Credit Angela Shoemaker for WFPL News

Kenneth Gray is from a poor family, raised by his grandmother alone. He grew up on 42nd Street in Shawnee, a part of town where opportunities are sparse. He’s African-American. By the statistics, the odds are stacked against him.

He is a “maybe kid.”

“Maybe you’ll go to class,” says Kenneth, 18. “Maybe you’ll graduate. Maybe you won’t drop out. Maybe you won’t go to prison.”

Or maybe he won’t.

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Education
6:48 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Takeaways from Jefferson County Public Schools' New $1.3-Billion Budget

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The largest budget in Jefferson County Public Schools history is set to take effect on July 1.

The Jefferson County Board of Education approved the $1.3 billion budget Tuesday night on a 5-2 vote. Board members David Jones Jr. and Chris Brady voted against it.

Jones said he did not have adequate information about long-term trends related to fund spending. But he didn't take issue with “any of the particulars" in the spending plan.

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Education
7:50 am
Sun May 25, 2014

Louisville's Transgender Students: What Happens When Schools Are Accepting

Kaleb Fischbach
Credit WFPL News

In the past week, we've heard from  some of Louisville's transgender students—about coming out, about "passing," and the importance of communication in schools.

Today, we hear from Kaleb Fischbach, a duPont Manual High School student, about what happens when a school is accepting of who he is. 

He says Manual students have been "awesome."

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