JCPS nixes plan to increase class sizes, opts to reduce funding - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JCPS nixes plan to increase class sizes, opts to reduce funding for middle and high schools

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Jefferson County Public Schools will not increase class sizes for the 2016-2017 school year, but the district is making changes to how much money schools will get.

A strong push back prevented the board from following through with a plan to increase class sizes, but board members voted Tuesday night to decrease funding for schools on a per-student basis.

The reduction will alter more than $600,000 in funding.

The state requires the district spend a minimum of $100 per student on classroom supplies and JCPS says it has given $140 per kid for several years.

After speaking with principals, the board decided to cut that number by $10-$20 at middle and high schools – unless it’s a priority school.  Meanwhile, funding for elementary schools won’t change.  

The district says it will save more than $2 million with the closing of Myers Middle School and the opening of the new Norton Commons Elementary.

In addition, the district plans to reinvest more than $4 million in optional add-ons requested by principals.

“As you put pressure on them to get smarter about their budget guess what they start putting their intellectual energy into figuring out better ways of doing things that's all were asking them to do," said JCPS Chief Business Officer Tom Hudson.

Hudson says all the proposals would save $6.8 million next year but the district has not yet figured out where that money would be spent.

Board members will vote on the tentative budget in March.

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