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Louisville real estate agent Jan Scholtz files for JCPS school board seat

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Jan Scholtz (right) files to run for the District 3 seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday, July 15, 2014. Jan Scholtz (right) files to run for the District 3 seat on the Jefferson County Board of Education on Tuesday, July 15, 2014.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A Louisville real estate agent has joined the race for the Jefferson County Board of Education seat being vacated by Debbie Wesslund.

Jan Scholtz, broker/owner of Jan Scholtz Realtors, submitted paperwork at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday to run for the District 3 seat, which includes most of northeastern Jefferson County.

"I feel it is a basic right for every American citizen to be given an opportunity for an excellent public elementary, middle and high school education," Scholtz said in a press release. "This is not happening within our public school system in Louisville. No parent wants to enroll his/her child in a low-performing or failing school. It's time to deliver excellence in education without any excuses."

Wesslund — who has served two terms on the board and is a former board president — announced in March she would not seek another term.

Louisville attorney Stephanie Horne has also filed to run for the District 3 seat.

Scholtz says she believes in "tracking outcomes."

"In order to make educated decisions based on real data every student needs to be tracked," she said.

Scholtz and her husband Tom Stigger are both Waggener High School graduates. Scholtz received her bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville.

There are three other seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education up for re-election this fall. They include:

District 1, which includes central and western Louisville. Current school board member Diane Porter has indicated she will run for re-election but has not filed her paperwork. No one else has filed.

District 5, which includes southern Jefferson County. Current school board member Linda Duncan has filed her paperwork for re-election. No one else has filed.

District 6, which includes central Jefferson County. Carol Haddad has filed her paperwork for re-election. No one else has filed.

The JCPS school board oversees an annual budget of more than $1 billion and sets policy for the district's 100,000 students and 18,000 employees.

The three other members of the school board, David Jones Jr., Chuck Haddaway and Chris Brady, will be up for re-election in 2016.

School board members do not have a salary; they earn $75 per meeting they attend, not to exceed $3,000 annually.

The deadline to file for general election is 4 p.m. Aug. 12.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0839 or @tkonz on Twitter. Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.

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