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JCPS Classes Resume

After a week off because of the September 15 windstorm, Jefferson County Public Schools students head back to class today.

The hurricane force winds knocked out power to more than 100 schools, forcing JCPS officials to cancel classes district-wide.

Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman says all buses will be running.

“I would encourage parents of students who are walkers to be careful, there are still lines down, there are still trees in the road, and walkways. And if you can, either walk your child to school or be with your child so that they are safe,” Berman said.

Berman says the missed days will be tacked on to the end of the school calendar.

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JCPS Classes To Resume Monday; Beshear Asks For Federal Assistance

Jefferson County Public Schools students will return to class Monday.

The system has been shut down this week in the wake of last Sunday’s windstorm, which knocked out power to more than 100 schools.

Superintendent Sheldon Berman says a few schools were still without service Friday.

“I’m confident that we will have those up on either generators or we will be up to full power by that time. So we are in quite good shape, we have also worked with food service. We will be able to serve lunch to students,” Berman said.

Meanwhile, Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear has asked for a presidential disaster declaration for Kentucky, which would clear the way for reimbursement of state and local governments for storm cleanup.

As of this (Friday) morning, about 108,000 Louisville Gas and Electric Company customers were still without power.

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More Workers Join Power Restoration Effort

Louisville Gas and Electric Company says it has nearly 1,900 people working to restore power to homes and businesses left without service in Sunday’s windstorm. It’s the largest power restoration effort in company history.

As of late Thursday afternoon, about 121,000 customers in LG and E’s service area were without power, down from more than 300,000 at the height of the outage.

Spokesperson Chip Keeling says it still could be well over a week from now before all customers are back on line.

“That’s even on top of the fact that we’ve uncovered additional wiredowns, a lot of poles still broken, a number of poles still broken,  both of those numbers have escalated, ” Keeling said.    “We’re still going to hold to 10 to 14 days (from last Sunday)”

Meanwhile, Jefferson County Public Schools officials say they’re still hoping to resume classes Monday.   More than 100 schools across the district were left without power by the storm.

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Windstorm Leaves Widespread Damage, Outages

Louisville Gas and Electric Company crews continue working to restore power to the more than 200,000 customers left without service following Sunday’s windstorm.

Wind gusts in excess of 70 miles per hour brought down numerous trees and tree
limbs across the region, and hundreds of power lines.

LG and E Vice-President Chris Herman says it will take days to repair all the outages.

“We do want people who have to make those personal decisions about what
to do with a family member, what to do with a business and so on, to understand,
this is going to be an extended outage,” Herman said Sunday evening.

The winds from the remnants of Hurricane Ike also knocked out power to more than 100 Jefferson County Public Schools, prompting officials to cancel classes district-wide Monday.

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YOU Center Moves To New Location

A local program that offers career and educational services for young people who have dropped out of school has a new headquarters.

The Youth Opportunities Unlimited Center, or YOU Center, was established three years ago, focusing mainly on 16 to 21 year olds who have left school.

It was first housed at a facility on West Broadway but is now in a larger building at Third and Kentucky Streets, where a ribbon-cutting was held Thursday.

The center is managed by Jefferson County Public Schools. Superintendent Sheldon Berman says more than 1,500 young people have used its services since 2005.

“Two hundred thirty-eight have earned their GED, 765 have entered employment and 261 have entered college or vocational training. That’s extraordinarily impressive,” Berman said.

Berman says the YOU Center’s new location is more than twice as large as the old site.

The program is funded with a combination of government and private money.

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JCPS Classes Resume

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say Tuesday’s start of the school year has been relatively smooth for the system’s students, faculty and staff.

Nearly 100,000 youngsters are enrolled for the new academic year.

A new student assignment plan for elementary school students approved by the
school board in May won’t go into effect until the 2009-2010 academic
year, but JCPS Superintendent Sheldon Berman says it shouldn’t cause a
major disruption.

“We will actually have probably two sets of bus routes next year, because we’ll
be grandfathering a number of students in. But i think the changes will be subtle,
and they will not be as evident, or stark as people may gather. I think we’ll see
an evolution over time,” Berman said.

Officials are now working on new plans for middle and high schools.

A change in the JCPS student assignment plan for all students was mandated
in a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year.

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JCPS Students Resume Classes This Week

It’s back to school this week for thousands of Jefferson County Public Schools students.

JCPS spokesperson Lauren Roberts says classes begin Tuesday for most schools in the district.

“We are anticipating over 99,000 students returning to school this year. That is an increase of over 650 students from last year,” Roberts said.

Roberts say parents should be prepared for some buses to run late during the first week of school, as officials insure that all youngsters get to their proper destinations.

JCPS is opening a new school this year Ramsey Middle School in southeastern Jefferson County.
In addition, two existing facilities have been transformed into the state’s first single-gender public schools, Olmstead North and South.

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School Performance Data Released

Jefferson County Public Schools officials say they’re both pleased and concerned with the latest school performance data released Tuesday

The test results are used to measure schools’ progress under the federal No Child Left Behind law.

Dr. Robert Rodosky, executive director of Accountabililty, Research and Planning for the school system says while 74 of the district’s 132 schools did not make what’s called adequate yearly progress under the law, he points out that there’s been a change in the criteria used to measure that progress.

“The goals under No Child Left Behind went up in Kentucky this past year by
eight percent in reading and ten percent in math, so the standard for success
is a little bit higher,” he said.

Rodosky says just one missed goal results in a school being labeled as not meeting
annual yearly progress, and 92 JCPS schools met 80% or more of their goals.

Statewide, 71% of schools met all their achievement goals.

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Two Schools To Share DOE Grant

Two Louisville high schools will share a three-year $1.5 million dollar federal grant.    The money is intended to help students become better connected with their schools. 

The grant from the U.S. Department of Education will support the concept called Smaller Learning Communities, which reduces class size, and offers more personal attention from teachers and advisors.                                                                

Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman says the grant will go to Doss and Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academies in south Louisville.

“The smaller learning communities are critical to creating a more seamless transition from middle to high schools, and building a sense of community and belonging and nurturing students’s social and emotional needs and skills as they progress through high schools,” Berman said.

The concept includes an academy for incoming freshmen and a more specialized course of study for students in the 10th through 12th grades, tailored to their potential career paths.