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JCPS starts first day problem free

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Jefferson County Public Schools are off and running for the first day of school. Much of the morning went problem free.

The real test for the revamped transpiration plan will be for the ride home. Parents are being told to expect late buses, but JCPS superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens says she's confident everything will run smoothly.

"Those are moments that no one forgets," she said. "That's what today is about, is welcoming students, but also getting them engaged in learning because you set the tone for the school year on the first day."

JCPS used the first day of class to showcase two schools that have undergone drastic changes this year in an effort to turn them around. School officials and students were up early for the Frost Sixth Grade Academy. Seventh and eighth graders who would have attended Frost are now assigned to Valley High School, where they will be housed separately from the high schoolers in a part of the building where the Phoenix School of Discovery used to be.

Test scores from 2013 ranked Frost in the first percentile of schools in Kentucky (the very bottom), with only 13 percent of students proficient in reading and 10 percent proficient in math. Frost is projected to have an enrollment of about 250 students, while Valley is taking in about 300 new middle schoolers.


- First day of school: Wed. Aug. 13

- Hours: 9:05 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. for elementary schools; 7:40 a.m. to 2:20 p.m. for middle and high schools.

- Find your child's bus route: CLICK HERE.

- Transportation hotline: Call 485-RIDE (7433) for information about your child's bus route. The hotline is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday; 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday; 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday.

- Meals: Elementary school breakfasts cost $1.75 and lunches cost $2.50. Middle and high school breakfasts cost $1.85 and lunches cost $2.60. Reduced-price breakfasts for all grade levels cost 30 cents and lunches cost 40 cents.

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