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KONZ: JCPS school board to discuss enrollment projections, contracts for non-resident students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Board of Education will hold its first regularly scheduled meeting inside a school for more than a decade on Monday.

As previously reported, the board voted to experiment with holding meetings at schools as another attempt for board members to be out in the community. Monday's meeting will be at Valley High School, 10200 Dixie Highway. 

There are no action items on Monday's agenda, but there are a few items that caught my eye on the consent calendar:

1) Student enrollment in Jefferson County Public Schools decreased slightly during the 2014-15 year, but officials are projecting those numbers to bounce back this fall.

According to district data, student enrollment, as reported after the first month of school, is at 100,948 this year. That's compared to 101,115 in 2013-14 and 101,252 in 2012-13.

Officials are projecting that enrollment for 2015-16 will be about 101,507 students.

JCPS is the 28th largest district in the United States.

2) An item that had been on the agenda that would have asked the board to revert the district's staffing standards for middle school assistant principals and counselors to fiscal year 2010-11 standards was pulled Thursday afternoon.

In the 2011-12 school year, JCPS added funding for 25.5 assistant principal and 1.6 counselor positions at middle schools. In the recommendation that initially appeared on the agenda, officials said eliminating those positions could save the district approximately $2.6 million.

However, Hargens said that was put onto the agenda in error.

"We are looking at every dollar we spend in JCPS," she said. "We have to tie everything back into how it impacts our students. Somehow during our discussion, the assistant principal item made it onto the agena. It was a mistake."

Hargens said she is not recommending the elimination of 25 middle school assistant principals.

3) The school board will approve contracts for non-resident pupils for the 2015-16 year. 

For the 2014-15 school year, there are 75 Jefferson County students who pay tuition to attend other Kentucky districts. 

Among the most popular:

Oldham County: 27

Bullitt County: 21

Barren County: 18

In addition, there is only one student who resides in another Kentucky district (Oldham County) who pays tuition to attend Jefferson County Public Schools. The cost for to attend JCPS if they do not reside in Jefferson County is $5,658 annually (for in-state resides students).

4) Fern Creek Traditional High School is requesting a name change. 

"For 74 of the 92 years the school has existed, traditional was not included in the school's name and does not accurately reflect our school," said principal Nate Meyer.

"This is two years in the making and was brought to our school's stakeholders to weigh in on their thoughts," Meyer said. "Our current students, staff, parents, community and alumni...are fully supportive of this move."

Read my full story about that here.

5) The board will be asked to approve a draft budget for the 2015-16 year.

The current year's budget is $1.3 billion, and next year's budget is expected to be in the $1.3 to $1.4 billion range, with $1.1 billion being funded by the general fund. Here is how the JCPS budget process works:

The draft budget is the first of three budgets that will be approved by the school board this year -- it includes estimates for school allocations and specific assumptions.

Schools won't get their specific allocations until February and individual school budgets won't be submitted until March. District-level budget meetings with Superintendent Donna Hargens and her cabinet will be held during March and April to go over budget requests. That is when new budget requests, if any, are added to the tentative budget which be up for board approval in May.

If there is a tax rate increased needed, that won't be advertised until August. The final working budget, which includes tax rates and negotiated salary adjustments, will be up for approval in September.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter,

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