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NAACP Meets With Superintendent Hargens

by Devin Katayama on August 30, 2011

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 process this past summer. It has since said it will give Hargens a chance but it still has concerns regarding key issues regarding the district, like student assignment and busing.

JCPS was in the Kentucky Court of Appeals earlier this month regarding its student assignment plan, which was questioned by the panel of three judges. Judge Kelly Thompson said JCPS should consider reverting back to neighborhood schools.

The JCPS Board of Education will be hearing recommendations about its student assignment plan from expert Dr. Gary Orfield on Sept. 12.

Cunningham said Tuesday’s meeting brought nothing controversial and he expects Hargens to be available for future discussions if necessary.

Hargens’s 90-Day Plan focuses on five strategic priorities: student achievement, teamwork, engage the community, high quality employees, and fiscal and organizational accountability. As of Tuesday, around 16 percent of its initiatives within the five goals have been complete.

Click here to see a copy of the results.

Click here to see supplemental documents supporting the initiatives.

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JCPS Begins Year With New Expectations, Standards

by Devin Katayama August 17, 2011

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 […]

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New JCPS Superintendent Outlines 90-Day Plan

by Devin Katayama August 8, 2011

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 […]

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New JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens Begins Work

by Devin Katayama August 1, 2011

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. […]

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First Day of School For New JCPS Superintendent

by Devin Katayama 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 […]

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Jefferson County School Board Approves New Superintendent Contract

by Devin Katayama July 11, 2011

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 […]

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Metro Human Rights Commission Announces Support of Hargens

by Dalton Main June 21, 2011

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 […]

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JCPS School Board Names Hargens Next Superintendent

by Chris McDaniel June 14, 2011

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 […]

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JCPS Names Hargens As New Superintendent

by Dalton Main June 14, 2011

The Jefferson County School Board has named Dr. Donna Hargens as the new superintendent. Hargens is Cheif Academic Officer of Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina. The announcement comes after a four and half hour  school board meeting today, most of it was in closed session. Organizations, last week, called for the school board […]

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JCTA Mum on Finalists

by Dalton Main June 10, 2011

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. […]

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