No problems reported as JCPS students return to classes
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Roughly 97,000 K-12 JCPS students are back in class today, and Superintendent Donna Hargens says things have gone smoothly so far.
Hargens was visiting classrooms at Ramsey Middle school Wednesday morning.
Hargens says there were no indications of any problems on the bus routes as 950 buses hit the roads. She says parents were prepared, and a bus tagging system in place helped make sure elementary students got to the right place.
"The first day is about being here, learning something and knowing that every day has to be like that," Hargens said. "So attendance is important, learning is important. But again, I've been at elementary schools, a high school and now a middle school and people are reporting that everything has gone very, very well.
Along with the students about 6,400 were back in class today. We saw them working at Ramsey Middle School, leading students through hallways and welcoming them into their classrooms.
This year brought changes for students and teachers alike.
New and changing schools:
District officials chose four conceptual schools as finalists, but only two will open this fall -- The Catalpa School at Maupin Elementary and the Louisville Reach Academy at Atkinson Elementary School are the first two of four "schools of innovation" planned for JCPS. The designation gives them more freedom to experiment with different ways of learning.
Alex R. Kennedy reopens as an elementary for the 2015-2016 school year and will ease over-crowding in the district's east end. It's the first time since the 1980s the school has been an elementary. It's named in honor of the man who had donated land in 1881. A one-room schoolhouse first sat on the site off Taylorsville Road in 1881, and the building that now stands was erected in 1955 and closed in 1981. This fall, Alex Kennedy serves students and families of children from preschool through fifth grade.
Alex Kennedy will not open with a magnet program, but it will have robotics equipment and educational material that could evolve into a program with a science or engineering focus.
JCPS by the numbers:
97,000 -- approximate number of students in grades K-12 that JCPS is expecting back. (NOTE: the other 4,400 kids are pre-k students, and they won't be back in school until Aug 26).
101,000 - Total expected enrollment for 2015-16.
6,400 - The approximate number of JCPS teachers.
262 - Number of new teachers
23 - Number of new principals
5 - Number of years Dr. Donna Hargens has been with JCPS as superintendent.
950 - Total number of buses that will be on the roads each day.
26,000 - Students at 31 public schools in Jefferson County will begin receiving free breakfasts and lunches this fall - regardless of their income.
JCPS Bus Transportation Hotline Hours:
The district has once again set up a hotline for anyone who may have questions about the first day.
Wednesday, Aug. 12 - 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Thursday, Aug. 13 - 6 a.m. - 6 p.m
CLICK HERE for the bus finder website.
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