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JCPS school board to vote on Superintendent Donna Hargens' central office reorganization plan Monday

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A recently-proposed plan by Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Donna Hargens to eliminate five central office jobs in the district will be presented at Monday's night's weekly board meeting.

As WDRB reported on Wednesday, Hargens plans to outsource the district's legal work, replace the district's Human Resources director and create a new cabinet-level job called Chief Business Officer.

The plan, which was laid out in a memo to staff obtained by WDRB News, may be met with a considerable amount of opposition at Monday night's meeting.

"One thing that is very troubling to me ... We have no plan to transition to an outside legal source," JCPS school board member Linda Duncan said. "The board needs to see a plan for how we can move from in-house to outside legal services. How much is this going to cost? We are not being given anything, no details other than this is the direction in which (Hargens) wants to go."

The new structure will allow Hargens to focus more attention on “building relationships, recognizing the work of our employees and the achievement of our students,”she wrote in the memo.

“Our goal is to build capacity in an innovative and efficient organizational structure to best serve the center of our universe, which is our schools and our students,” Hargens wrote.

JCPS school board member Chris Brady thinks the reorganization is a good thing and long overdue, but questions exactly how outsourcing would benefit the district.

"I would like to know more about how we would obtain opinions and get legal advice and how much that will cost," he said. "We have not see any estimates."

Hargens' plan would terminate the position of the second-highest paid employee in JCPS, General Counsel Rosemary Miller, as well as four others in central office. 

"There are so many concerns here and no explanations," Duncan said.

Hargens has not responded to multiple phone calls. 

She said earlier this week she would not discuss the plan until Monday's meeting.

The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Van Hoose Education Center on Newburg Road. The public will be allowed to speak about the proposal before the board votes on it.

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