Board of Education

First Day of School For New JCPS Superintendent

by Devin Katayama on July 31, 2011

The new superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools will begin work on Monday. Donna Hargens will replace interim superintendent Dr. Freda Merriweather.

Hargens will visit Ballard High School where she will meet the districts 300 new teachers and participate in the yearly induction. The rest of the day will be spent with JCPS staff to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 15, said officials.

The board of education hired Hargens in July after being interviewed by the school board. Hargens was formerly the Chief Academic Officer of Wake County schools in North Carolina. It’s the 18th largest school district in the nation. There she dealt with a controversial student assignment plan. When asked about Jefferson County’s student assignment plan, she said she needed for more information.

Hargens visited Jefferson County shortly after she was hired and was briefed on key issues for the county including student assignment and busing. Her salary will be $276,000 with benefits.

Click here to see a copy of Hargens’s contract.

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Board of Education May Vote on CATS Replacement Wednesday

by Gabe Bullard April 11, 2011

The Kentucky Board of Education is expected to approve changes to school assessments this week. The board has been focused on meeting the fall deadline to implement Senate Bill One, which passed the General Assembly in 2009. The legislation changes school assessment guidelines, and requires many rules and regulations to be updated. That task has […]

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Experience With Under-Performing Schools, Commitment to Student Assignment Among Criteria for Next JCPS Superintendent

by Gabe Bullard March 7, 2011

The school board met with the McPherson and Jacobson search firm Monday and established a set of criteria for the next leader. The list includes a commitment to student assignment and experience with urban schools and underperforming schools.

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Board Of Education Reviewing Bills, Preparing Regulation Changes

by Gabe Bullard February 3, 2011

The board met this week to discuss the 2009 Senate Bill One. The law takes effect in the fall and it changes testing and evaluation standards for schools. Spokesperson Lisa Gross says the board must rewrite many statutes and regulations to reflect the changes.

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School Board Likely To Consult Fischer On Superintendent Search

by Gabe Bullard December 14, 2010

The Jefferson County School Board will likely call on Mayor-elect Greg Fischer for advice as it searches for a new superintendent for Jefferson County Public Schools.

In a meeting this week, the board gave its approval to ask search consultants to submit proposals to help the board with the selection process.

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Board Of Education To Prepare For SB1 At Meeting

by Gabe Bullard December 5, 2010

The Kentucky Board of Education will meet in Frankfort Tuesday and Wednesday. Much of the board’s time will be spent preparing to implement Senate Bill One, which passed last year.

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Abramson, Fischer Pledge To Stay Out Of Superintendent Search

by Gabe Bullard November 23, 2010

Neither Mayor Jerry Abramson nor Mayor-elect Greg Fischer has any plans to try to influence the Jefferson County Board of Education’s search for a new superintendent of public schools.

Fischer and Abramson say they will respect the elected board’s autonomy.

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School Board Candidates Discuss Mayor’s Race, Charter Schools

by Gabe Bullard October 4, 2010

Six candidates for two contested seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education met for a debate Monday night.

Among the questions asked of the candidates was how they would work with the next mayor.

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School Board Discusses Delaying Assignment Plans

by Gabe Bullard September 1, 2010

The Jefferson County Board of Education has delayed a vote on when to implement the new middle and high school student assignment plan. Berman has offered a compromise. He suggested the board implement the middle school plan next year, but delay the high school assignment plan another year.

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Board Approves Superintendent Berman's Evaluation

by Gabe Bullard July 16, 2010

The report praises Berman for improving upon areas that were cited in previous evaluations, but asks him to focus more on improving chronically low-performing schools.

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