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Budget concerns remain for some JCPS board members

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Budget talks continue for JCPS and school board members but so far there is disagreement on how the new school budget should look.

“This particular proposal is not something I can get behind as it stands right now,” said JCPS board member Chris Brady.

School board member Chris Brady has issue with several aspects of the 2016-2017 budget.

“My chief concern is where it stands with student teacher ratio,” he said.

With the current proposal, the K through third grade student-teacher ratio would stay the same at 24 to 1. Fourth and fifth grade classes would go from 24 to 1 to 25 to 1. Sixth through 12th grade would go from 28 to 1 to 29 to 1.

“My sense of the principals right now is they're not okay this,” Brady said.  “We've seen a lot of them show up in support of a change.”

JCPS says increasing class size in the current proposal would save the district  five point five million dollars.

“There's a lot of money here and we have a great strategy,” said JCPS chief business officer Tom Hudson. “We need to shift resources to make those. So we don't have a lot of dough to play around with.”

Brady has other ideas on how to save money. In particular, Brady would consider closing Minors Lane elementary

“If you take a look at Minors Lane,” Brady said. “There's really nothing around it. So that's one example but there are other things the district can look at too.”

The current plan which will be voted on Jan. 26, is scaled back from the original proposal which would shifted as many as 280 teachers to other programs.

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