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KONZ | JCPS school board to hear updates on alternative schools, preschool

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Board of Education will receive an update on strategies of improvement and efficiencies within the district's alternative schools and in early childhood education on Monday afternoon.

The discussion will take place at 4 p.m. Monday at the Van Hoose Education Center, 3332 Newburg Road, as part of a work session on the draft budget for the 2015-16 year.

Dewey Hensley, chief academic officer for the district, will be talking about plans for alternative schools and early childhood. He could not be immediately reached for comment Monday morning.

As previously reported by WDRB News, a plan that could consolidate Jefferson County's alternative schools is causing concern among staff members and parents. The plan would make Buechel Metro, 1960 Bashford Manor Lane, a sixth-through-tenth grade alternative school; and Breckinridge Metro, 1128 E. Broadway, an eleventh- and twelfth-grade alternative school.

According to a PowerPoint presentation posted on the district's website over the weekend, there is a proposed cut of $1.7 million coming from alternative schools. District officials would not say Monday morning where that savings would come from.

The PowerPoint presentation also suggests a cut of $747,000 that would come from combining the district's two teenage parent programs (South Park TAPP and Westport TAPP) and a savings of $237,000 from the elimination of assistant principals at Omstead Academy South and Olmstead Academy North.

There is also a proposal to cut the District Positive Action Center from Trunnell Elementary School, a program that was just started during the 2014-15 year. The program includes one resource teacher, two instructional assistants, one school social worker and one psychologist and costs approximately $230,000.

In addition, JCPS is looking to expand early childhood education and an update will be provided to school board members about that effort as well at the 4 p.m. meeting.

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This story will be updated.

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

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