JCPS Board Approves Tax Increase, But Doesn’t Create Additional Revenue

The Jefferson County School Board unanimously approved a tax increase of one-tenth of a cent at Monday’s board meeting. The increase is based on assessed property value. If a house is assessed at $100,000 dollars, it will mean a $1 increase in taxes this next year. This will be the fourth straight year the school… Continue reading JCPS Board Approves Tax Increase, But Doesn’t Create Additional Revenue

JCPS Buses Students Home Safely

All JCPS students have been safely delivered home. The last student was cleared at 7:13 pm on Wednesday night, according to the Courier-Journal. WDRB reports that fewer than 20 children had not yet been dropped off as of 7:20. Despite school being postponed for two consecutive days due to power and communication outages from Saturday’s… Continue reading JCPS Buses Students Home Safely

Classes Begin, JCPS Students Eager to Start

JCPS School buses are on the roads this morning. Greeting some students at Waggener High School Wednesday morning was Superintendent Donna Hargens. All JCPS schools and bus compounds are all fully operational and the district is prepared if communication methods should fail, she said. “And anything that happens during the day we’ve done workaround plans… Continue reading Classes Begin, JCPS Students Eager to Start

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… Continue reading JCPS Begins Year With New Expectations, Standards

JCPS Officials Say They’re Ready For Classes Wednesday

Officials at Jefferson County Public Schools say power, Internet and phone service have been restored at all schools and facilities and they’re ready to start the new academic year tomorrow. The start of school was delayed by two days due to power and other outages caused by Saturday’s severe weather. JCPS Director of Facilities and… Continue reading JCPS Officials Say They’re Ready For Classes Wednesday

UPDATED: JCPS Canceled for Tuesday

The first day of classes for Jefferson County Public Schools has again been postponed due to power outages and other damage caused by Saturday’s severe storms. “We are anxious to have the first day of school. It is frustrating and it’s disappointing but, again, the safety of our students and the ability to communicate with our… Continue reading UPDATED: JCPS Canceled for Tuesday

New Busing Resources Available for JCPS Parents

Jefferson County Public School parents and guardians will have some new tools entering the school year. JCPS established communication with parents about busing before the school year began. This was in response to last year’s infamous first day, when some students traveled for hours on the bus to get home. Parents can now call a… Continue reading New Busing Resources Available for JCPS Parents

Schools Close as Power Restoration Continues

The first day of classes at Jefferson County Public Schools has been postponed due to power outages. Saturday’s storm knocked out power to about 30 schools and dozens of traffic lights, making teaching and transportation difficult. “With the uncertainty, the best thing to do is what’s certain,” says Superintendent Donna Hargens. “Our top priority is… Continue reading Schools Close as Power Restoration Continues

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… Continue reading New JCPS Superintendent Outlines 90-Day Plan

Local PTA Receives Grant to Educate Parents on New Standards

Jefferson County’s 15th District PTA is one of six national recipients of a grant to educate parents and community members about the Common Core State Standards, which go into effect this year. All but six states have adopted the new standards, which aim to unify what students are expected to learn regardless of where they… Continue reading Local PTA Receives Grant to Educate Parents on New Standards