JCPS Board of Education approves last day of school, graduation dates
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The JCPS Board approved a motion Monday to make the last day of school June 6 and set new graduation dates.
The board approved the motion with a 5-1 vote. Chris Brady was the only board member to vote against the motion.
With a 4-2 vote, the board approved graduation dates of June 6-9.
This decision comes after state lawmakers passed a snow days bill, which suspends the state law requiring school districts have at least 170 days of classes this school year as long as districts have at least 1,062 hours of classroom time.
Last Monday, before the bill was passed, the board approved the last day of school for June 12. Some board members expressed disappointment in the change, saying families took them for their word when they scheduled the final day for June 12 and graduation for the days following.
"I was assured, we will set that date, and we will stick with that date and it doesn't matter what the legislature does," said board member Linda Duncan.
"This is the second time this board is coming together to revise a schedule that we've already told the public 'this is the schedule, make plans,'" said board member Chris Brady. "In fact, we even said that publicly during our last meeting."
Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens, however, said by ending school June 6 as opposed to June 12, teachers will get more professional development days.
"If we can have 6,000 teachers more ready, with more capacity to do a great job next year, that's a great investment of time," said Hargens.
In all, JCPS canceled school eleven times this year.
Graduation dates for all JCPS high schools are as follows:
Brown June 6 at 8 p.m.
Central June 9 at 12 p.m.
Dupont Manual June 6 at 5 p.m.
Jefferson County June 6 at 4 p.m.
Shawnee June 7 at 9 a.m.
Atherton June 9 at 3 p.m.
Seneca June 6 at 8 p.m.
Waggener June 7 at 9 a.m.
Ballard June 7 at 7 p.m.
Eastern June 9 at 12 p.m.
Butler June 7 at 9 a.m.
Doss June 9 at 7 p.m.
P.R.P. June 7 at 3 p.m.
Valley June 6 at 5 p.m.
Phoenix June 6 at 8 p.m.
Western June 9 at 9 a.m.
Fairdale June 9 at 9 a.m.
Iroquois June 9 at 12 p.m.
Southern June 9 at 6 p.m.
Liberty June 9 at 12 p.m.
Male June 7 at 12 p.m.
Moore June 9 at 9 a.m.
Fern Creek June 9 at 3 p.m.
Jeffersontown June 9 at 9 a.m.
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