KONZ | JCPS, YMCA work out deal for shared gymnasium at new Nort - WDRB 41 Louisville News

KONZ | JCPS, YMCA work out deal for shared gymnasium at new Norton Commons school

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Jefferson County Board of Education will meet Monday and among the items up for approval -- the shared use agreement with the YMCA of Greater Louisville on the gymnasium that will be built at the new school in Norton Commons.

According to the agreement, the gymnasium will connect the YMCA facility and the school. The cost of constructing and maintaining the gym will be shared with the YMCA and the use of the gym will be shared with the YMCA.

JCPS will pay approximately $900,000 for the gym, while the YMCA will pay about $983,000.

Both entities will share use of the athletic fields and playgrounds on the school property and the parking lot on the YMCA property, with JCPS having first priority of use of the shared premises during school hours and priority for use of the shared premises for field days and carnivals, home games and other school-related functions after school hours.

In addition, the YMCA is giving JCPS an additional acre of land so it will have enough space to accommodate parking, said Mike Raisor, chief operations officer for the district.

The Jefferson County Board of Education previously voted last June to spend $15.1 million to build a new elementary school at Norton Commons in northeastern Louisville.

In December, the Kentucky Board of Education approved a request from JCPS that will allow the district to build an elementary school on a site that is smaller than normally allowed by state regulations.

Raisor said he expects the district to begin building the school in March, with an opening in time for the 2016-17 year.

The school board is also expected to approve a recommendation to hold its Feb. 23 meeting at Central High School, 1130 W. Chestnut St. Last month, the board held it's first meeting off-site in more than 20 years when it met at Valley High School.

In addition, board members will receive an update during a 5 p.m. work session on the district's equity scorecard. 

It will outline the steps being taken to address what JCPS is doing and what it can do to improve the outcomes for students as it relates to suspensions and training staff.

Among those steps: plans to move away from alternative schools to success pathways systems. 

As WDRB News reported Thursday, a new plan that could consolidate Jefferson County's alternative schools is causing concern among staff members and parents who say they are worried about their students and that the district is not communicating with them.

All of Monday's meetings will be held at the Van Hoose Education Center, 3331 Newburg Road.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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