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KONZ | JCPS board meeting preview: Facilities, graduations and middle school redesign

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB News) -- Strengths and weaknesses of each Jefferson County Public Schools facility, a redesign proposal that would impact three middle schools and the Class of 2016 graduation schedule will all be up for discussion on Tuesday.

4 p.m. Work Session on Middle School Redesign: Includes discussion on a proposal that would combine Frost and Stuart middle schools and move them to the Stuart Middle campus and begin to phase out the Valley Prep program at Valley High. This item will later be up for approval at the school board's regular meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m.

If approved by the school board on Tuesday: 

  • All rising sixth-grade students would attend a separate, small sixth-grade academy (434 students) on the Stuart Middle campus, 4601 Valley Station Road.
  • Rising seventh-grade students currently assigned to Stuart and Valley Prep and rising eighth-graders currently assigned to Stuart would attend a separate, small seventh- and eighth-grade academy on the Stuart campus. (In the 2016-17 school year the school is expected to have 643 students; in 2017-18; it is expected to have 848 students.)
  • Current seventh-graders at Valley Prep, who will be eighth-graders next school year, would stay at Valley Prep with their teachers to finish the 2016-17 school year.  The sixth-grade academy and seventh- and eighth-grade center would be separate and distinct schools located on the Stuart campus. 

4:45 p.m. Work Session on Infrastructure Assessment: Includes an update on the "strengths and weaknesses" of each of the district’s 155 school buildings. No recommendations will be made until June and no action will be taken by the board on Tuesday.

As WDRB reported last month, the district has more than $880 million worth of facility needs scattered across the county.

5:45 p.m. Work Session on Budget Priorities & PILOT Proposal: The board will receive the recommendations from senior administration in regards to the budgeting priorities for the new year, as well as information on next steps in the budget process. Officials will also present information on the request for a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Agreement for the Phoenix Hill and Mercy Academy properties.

As previously reported, upscale apartments planned for old Mercy Academy and Phoenix Hill site.

Ohio developer Edwards Cos. is asking Louisville Metro government and Jefferson County Public Schools for property tax breaks worth $11.3 million over the next two decades.

7 p.m. regular meeting: There are a few items of interest: including the Class of 2016 graduation schedule, which will be up for approval, as will a plan to spent $2.9 million to purchase 35 school buses in order to replace aging fleet inventory (this is part of the district's normal bus replacement program cycle). And as mentioned above, the middle school redesign involving Frost, Stuart and Valley prep will also be up for a vote.

As always, I will be at all the work sessions and meetings. You can follow along on my Facebook page and my Twitter account.

Reporter Antoinette Konz covers K-12 education for WDRB News. She can be reached at 502-585-0838 or @tkonz on Twitter.

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