Field set for JCPS school board elections
The field for the four open seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education has been set.
Wednesday, August 13th 2014, 8:09 AM EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Thirteen candidates have filed for the four open seats on the Jefferson County Board of Education up for election this fall.
The candidates include:
Diane Porter - Incumbent
Linda Duncan - Incumbent
Patrick John Hughes
Willner and Hughes filed their paperwork Tuesday, said Nore Ghibaudy, a spokesman with the Jefferson County Clerk's office.
Bailey, Scarpellini, Brown and DeFazio filed their paperwork Monday.
In an email to WDRB News Tuesday, Willner -- a licensed psychologist -- had this to say: "There's a lot of energy in our community right now calling for change on the school board."
"We need board members who take seriously the urgency to improve our schools and to increase academic achievements across the spectrum," Willner said. "We also need to ensure that teachers have adequate resources in the classroom and create new opportunities for parents and community engagements, as well as be sure that the enormous JCPS budget receives proper oversight from board members who are committed to transparency and the efficient use of taxpayer dollars," Willner said.
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.
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