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… Continue reading JCPS School Board Names Hargens Next Superintendent
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.… Continue reading JCTA Mum on Finalists
Jefferson County Board of Education Chair Steve Imhoff says the panel will set a timeline for choosing a superintendent at a meeting next Tuesday. He says he does not want to reopen the search despite calls from the Louisville NAACP to do so. NAACP President Raoul Cunningham called both candidates weak, adding that neither has experience… Continue reading Superintendent Candidates Draw Discontent Following Forums, NAACP Calls for New Search
146 years after it ended, the Civil War’s effects on race, politics, culture and economics in the south are clear. But there’s one tangible remnant of the old south that’s readily and proudly displayed on cars, clothing and, in some areas, over government buildings. The Confederate Battle Flag has been at the center of board… Continue reading In Depth: The Local History and Modern Legacy of the Confederate Flag
Louisville civil rights leaders are concerned that dwindling numbers in historically African-American neighborhoods will diminish minority representation in Metro Government. There are currently six African-Americans on the council, and Louisville NAACP president Raoul Cunningham says the districts were first drawn to ensure that number. But the 2010 Census shows that while Louisville’s minority population increased,… Continue reading Cunningham Concerned What Redistricting Will Mean for Diversity on Metro Council
When Louisville Metro Councilman George Unseld died in June, a special election was ordered to elect someone to fill the remaining two years of his term.
Four candidates are actively campaigning for the seat, and they all face a tough fight for what may be the busiest job on the Metro Council.