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JCPS updates school board on ride times and student assignment plan

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A majority of JCPS parents say they are happy with their child's school, and elementary students are spending less time on the bus.

Those are just two findings laid out Monday night by the school district, but school administrators say they want to keep improving.

This was all part of an update on student assignment and how kids are placed in which schools. The district talked about positive changes and what it's working on in the future.

JCPS says the changes it's made to the student assignment plan and elementary clusters have made several district wide improvements.

"We believe that it's about continuous improvement and that it's about making the school system experience better," said Bob Rodosky, executive director of data management, planning and program evaluation with JCPS.

Back in August, the district closed six of its 18 bus depots giving more than 1,500 kids a direct ride to school.

During a work session Monday night district leaders said elementary students are spending less time on the bus. So far this year, it's averaged 26.3 minutes a day, compared to 27.3 minutes last year and 29.3 minutes in 2012- 2013.

Average ride times decreased by a minute, and JCPS leaders say that adds up to about 350 minutes a year, or nearly six hours, saved.

All grade levels combined, the average students spends 28.6 minutes on the bus.

"Four or five years ago ride time became a big issue," said Rodosky, “and we've tried to basically be of more service to families. We realize that people have things to do other than ride on a bus."

In terms of school selection, JCPS says 88% of families who applied for kindergarten during the initial application process ended up getting their first or second choice.

"Most parents like to have parental choice,” said Education Reporter Toni Konz who says parents want options.

According to JCPS, out of more than 34,000 parents surveyed, more 90 percent say they are happy with their child's school.

"The fact that the district is trying to make changes to make that process easier and for parents to see which school their children can get into, is a big step for the district," said Konz.

The district says it's working to make the application process easier, and is working on a way for parents to find out the probability of getting their first choice.

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