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12:20 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Jefferson County Board of Education OKs Plan to Provide Free Meals to All Students in 95 Schools


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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7:30 am
Mon March 17, 2014

In Its Second Year, the JCPS Elementary School Assignment System Got More Kindergarten Applications

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Jefferson County Public Schools had a slight increase in kindergarten applications before its "initial" school choice deadline, but overall elementary school applications declined, according to data provided by the school district.

JCPS administrators took steps to increase the number of applications before that "initial" January deadline, because those applications are given first priority in student assignment.

This year, 4,970 applications were sent for the kindergartners of the 2014-15 school year. For the 2013-14 class of kindergartners, 4,860 applications were sent.

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7:00 am
Sun January 5, 2014

JCPS Initial School Application Period for 2014-15 Ends Friday

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Update 4:15 p.m. Monday: Mobile Application Canceled

The initial application and registration period for Jefferson County Public Schools ends Friday.

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7:10 am
Sun November 17, 2013

Which JCPS Elementary Cluster Schools Were Parents' No. 1 Choice Last Year?

Jackson Winburn arranges puzzle pieces on his first day back.
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Last week, we looked at Jefferson County Public Schools' process for assigning kindergartners to elementary schools. 

Elementary school assignments are guided by several factors, including the district's diversity standards and the will of each set of parents. Parents can begin expressing their will on Monday, when the application process for the kindergartners of the 2014-15 school year begins.

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9:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Test Scores Vary Widely Among the 13 JCPS Elementary School Clusters

Jazlyn Caldwell, 5, plays with puzzle blocks this August on her first day of kindergarten at Shelby Elementary.
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A school bus pulls into the Meyzeek Middle School parking lot Thursday afternoon. Instead of carrying students, inside are computers and printers and Internet.

Jefferson County Public Schools' mobile bus program helps the district reach parents who haven’t registered or enrolled their child—and who may never even apply for elementary schools when the application period opens on Monday. 

Last year, JCPS had roughly 2,000 new kindergarten students whose parents didn't apply during the application period—out of about 7,500 new students. 

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10:08 am
Thu September 20, 2012

KY Supreme Court Rules In Favor of JCPS Student Assignment Plan

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The Kentucky Supreme Court has reversed the lower court’s ruling, which would have allowed Jefferson County Public Schools students to attend the school closest to their homes.

"We conclude that Kentucky public school students have no statutory right to attend a particular school," the opinion written by Lisabeth Hughes Abramson  said.

The Kentucky Court of Appeals ruled last fall that students did have the right to attend the same school where they enrolled.

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9:32 pm
Mon June 11, 2012

JCPS Board Narrowly Approves Student Assignment Changes

Four individuals spoke in opposition of the student assignment changes.
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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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