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KONZ | JCPS school board to discuss magnet program review, alternative schools and budget

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The agenda for Monday's Jefferson County Board of Education meeting is packed with a lot of informational items, as well some key action items that have been up for consideration for months.

The meetings will be held at Moore Traditional School, 6415 Outer Loop, which is the third time the school board has met outside of central office for a regular school board meeting this year. Previous meetings have been held at Valley High and Central High. Board members decided to make the change in an attempt to "broaden our contact with the community and give us an opportunity to highlight what's going on in our schools."

Here are some of the items of significance on Monday's agenda:

1) Alternative Schools

Monday's meetings start with a 4 p.m. work session on allocations for alternative schools. As WDRB News has previously reported, the district wants to "change the way" its alternative schools are structured.

During the 7 p.m. meeting, Superintendent Donna Hargens will ask for board approval to merge two of its alternative schools and make structural changes at three other alternative sites that officials say would better meet the needs of individual students. The changes will also bring a lot of staffing changes to the district's alternative schools and could potentially save JCPS $880,000.

2) Magnet school/program review

District officials will update the school board on the progress on implementing recommendations from the Magnet Schools of America review and will also include a timeline, highlights from the steering committee's work and changes for the 2015-16 school year, which include identifying a new magnet vision and updated traditional school guidelines.

Plans for 2016-17 year include adopting a centralized application process and conduct lotteries for all magnet schools that take into consideration existing factors. According to suggestions from the MSA review, this central process should also determine eligibility of students if academic criteria is used. Essays and letters of recommendations should be discontinued as a part of the selection process. Academic records should not be transferred by families.

Principals of magnet schools would meet with the district subcommittee in April, community input sessions would be held in May and presenting recommendations for a new magnet vision, updating traditional school guidelines and adopting a centralized application process would tentatively be up for school board approval on May 26.

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3) Class of 2015 graduation schedule

JCPS seniors would graduate over a three-day period in early June, according to a proposal that will be up for school board approval. To see a list of who would graduate when and where, click here.

4) 2015-16 budget discussion

It's budgeting season and Hargens and her cabinet members have been meeting with others in the district to go over budget requests -- and possible cuts -- for the 2015-16 year.

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As always, I will be live tweeting the JCPS school board meetings, be sure to follow me on Twitter.

Reporter Antoinette Konz can be reached at 502-585-0838.

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