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KONZ | Proposal moves some JCPS school board meetings to school sites

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Should the Jefferson County Board of Education start holding some of its monthly meetings at different schools across the district?

Newly appointed school board chairman David Jones formally proposed the idea at Monday night's meeting. The motion passed, 6-1, with board member Linda Duncan casting the opposing vote over concerns about moving away from a centrally-located site.

The vote means that the regularly-scheduled Jan. 26 meeting will be held at Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Highway, instead of the Van Hoose Education Center, 3332 Newburg Road. 

"I think we should experiment with holding some of our meetings in our schools," Jones told WDRB before he proposed the idea on Monday. "This is a new school board with a new dynamic and this could be something that would create shared experiences for us."

"In addition, our schools are where our students are," Jones said. "By getting out of our headquarters and into schools, it can broaden our contact with the community and give us an opportunity to highlight what's going on in our schools."

Duncan said during Monday's meeting she worries that moving away from a central location would be an inconvenience for staff and for those wanting to address the school board. 

"I wish we would have been given more time to discuss this proposal," she said. "I'm not convinced of the positives (of moving locations)."

School board member Chris Brady asked how much moving the meetings would cost. Superintendent Donna Hargens said there would be "minimal to no expense" to rotate locations.

Hargens said the district created a list of schools that would have the infrastructure to handle the board meetings. She added the district spent $2,300 to purchase a device that would help with broadcasting the meetings, but added the device would be useful for the district for other purposes.

Regular meetings are televised live by Insight Communications and can be seen on Cable Channel 98 and an interpreter is provided for the hearing impaired. In addition, the district also live streams its meetings.

Jones said Monday that district officials told him the cost would be "minimal" and that it wouldn't be a burden on district staff logistically to move some of the meetings. He said staff members identified several schools where meetings could be held where television access and live-streaming would not be a problem.

"I'd like to see us do this three or four times, see how it goes and then assess whether it is something we would like to continue," he said. 

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