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JCPS Superintendent briefs school board on priority schools, 'behavioral crisis'

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JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens at the school board meeting Dec. 14, 2015. JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens at the school board meeting Dec. 14, 2015.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Eighteen JCPS schools are among the lowest performing in the state and board members got a review of priority schools at a meeting Monday night.

The presentation included who's on the list, which schools could soon join it and the two that recently dropped the title. 

Dropping priority status takes awhile. Schools have to meet certain academic goals three years in a row and also get out of the bottom five percent.

One parent whose child attends the Academy @ Shawnee says their priority school is a moving target.

"Even if everybody's perfect, there will always be a bottom five percent, so that single metric is not an accurate measurement to determine whether a school is successful or not. So it shouldn't be a single factor that's keeping schools like Shawnee getting out of priority status," parent Gay Adelmann.

JCPS Superintendent Donna Hargens spoke to the board about the status of the district and what she called a perceived behavioral crisis. She said despite media reports, the school district is "not in a crisis." 

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