NAACP Meets With Superintendent Hargens

Louisville’s NAACP branch met with Superintendent Donna Hargens on Tuesday as part of Hargens’s 90-Day Plan she introduced after being hired as the new JCPS Superintendent. The meeting was a success and Hargens listened, said Raoul Cunningham, president of Louisville’s NAACP branch. The NAACP was against the hiring of either superintendent candidate during the interview […]

JCPS Begins Year With New Expectations, Standards

In a short years-time the Jefferson County school district has seen numerous changes that will affect this school year. Some are simple, like changes to the lunch menu. Others are major and will be new to students, teachers and administrators, and will affect the county, state and nation. One of the most notable changes is […]

New JCPS Superintendent Outlines 90-Day Plan

Jefferson County Public School Superintendent Donna Hargens announced a 90-day plan at her first school board meeting on Monday. The plan outlines her strategic priorities and includes performance checks and both short and long-term goals. The plan helps regulate the district’s progress as it attempts to improve student performance and communication with the community, said […]

New JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Begins Work

Donna Hargens began work on Monday as Jefferson County Public School’s new superintendent. Now she’ll have two weeks to prepare for the first day of school on Aug. 15. But, preparation didn’t start today, she said. “The work has been ongoing and the staff has worked really, really hard to prepare for the first day. […]

First Day of School For New JCPS Superintendent

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 […]

Jefferson County School Board Approves New Superintendent Contract

The Jefferson County School Board has approved the contract of newly-appointed superintendent Donna Hargens. Hargens finished a five day tour of Louisville last night and was in attendance for her first Jefferson County School Board meeting. The contract gives Hargens a $276,000 salary over the next four years. She will be making slightly more than […]

Metro Human Rights Commission Announces Support of Hargens

The Metro Human Rights Commission, today, announced their support of Dr. Donna Hargens, the new JCPS Superintendent. The Commission had echoed the calls of the local NAACP for the JCPS School Board to re-open the search. But a week ago, the School Board went into closed session for almost four hours and came back only to announce […]

JCPS School Board Names Hargens Next Superintendent

After four hours of closed-door discussion, the Jefferson County School Board named Dr. Donna Hargens as the next superintendent of the district.  Hargens was interim superintendent in Wake County in North Carolina, the 18th-largest school district in the nation. Hargens was chosen over the other finalist, Dr. Christine Johns-Haines of Michigan. But both of the […]

JCTA Mum on Finalists

Although opinions are swirling about the finalists for Jefferson County Superintendent, the Jefferson County Teachers’ Association isn’t commenting on the candidates. JCTA President Brent McKim says the organization had representatives involved in the selection process but is now just waiting on the outcome. McKim declined to comment on either of the candidates and their qualifications. […]