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JCPS school board considering 4-year contract extension for Hargens

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - The Jefferson County Board of Education is looking to extend Superintendent Donna Hargens' contract by four years, according to a draft document that will be discussed during a Monday work session.

School board members will discuss the proposed extension, which would run from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2019, at a 5:30 p.m. meeting on Monday at Central High School, 1130 W. Chestnut Street.

Hargens, who makes $276,000 a year, has declined annual salary increases provided in her original contract and is not requesting any increase in her base salary in the proposed extension.

In addition, she is requesting deletion of a clause that calls for "certain technology and communication devices" and services to be provided at district's expense.

Hargens told WDRB News in January she hopes to remain in Louisville

"I love Louisville, I love what we are doing in Jefferson County and I love the progress we are making," she said. "This is a wonderful district where we are intentionally devoted and relentless about making sure we provide a quality education for every student."

A final version of the contract will be placed on Monday's board agenda for consideration.

School board chairman David Jones Jr. declined to comment Thursday other than to say he looks forward to discussing Hargens' contract with his colleagues on Monday.

DOCUMENT: Hargens' draft 2015-2019 contract.

The school board began Hargens' annual evaluation process in closed session last month. 

The board had not been able to discuss a possible extension until its two new members -- Stephanie Horne and Lisa Willner -- took office in January.

Hargens came to JCPS from the Wake County, N.C., school district in August 2011.

Over the next few months, the board will begin to put together Hargens' performance evaluation, which will be made public in June.

Last June, school board members applauded Hargens' efforts to improve outcomes for all students in a primarily positive evaluation.

But they also said she must do a better job at communicating with them and with stakeholders. Specifically, they wanted Hargens to have a "focused effort to proactively communicate internally and externally the accomplishments of JCPS students and the extraordinary work of the staff."

This is the first year the school board will use the new, state-approved evaluation process called the Superintendent Professional Growth and Effectiveness System.

The new process requires Hargens to complete a self-reflection based on seven standards: strategic leadership, instructional leadership, cultural leadership, human resource leadership, managerial leadership, collaborative leadership and influential leadership.

The Jefferson County Teachers Association, the union representing JCPS teachers, has no position on whether the board should renew Hargens' contract, President Brent McKim said Thursday.

This story will be updated.

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

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