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JCPS finishes school year, prepares for the next

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- As students are released from school for the final time in the 2015-16 school year, teachers and administrators are already looking ahead to next year.

“For educators, you pause for a moment, then you're busy with the next,” said JCPS Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens.

After a tumultuous year surrounding student behavior at a number of schools, Hargens says eliminating distracting behavior is a goal for next school year.

“We know three quarters of our students choose appropriate behavior,” Hargens said. “Those that don’t, we want to have a system of support.”

On Tuesday, as part of her budget plan, Hargens introduced an idea to spend $5 million on improving student behavior.

“We want to spend 80 percent of our time, money and resources on being proactive and getting students to do the right thing,” Hargens said.

The superintendent spent most of the last day of school touring a number of different schools, including Frost Academy, which will move to a different building next year. It’s part of a plan that the school board voted on back in March.  

All rising sixth-grade students will attend a separate, small sixth-grade academy on the Stuart Middle School campus. Rising seventh-grade students currently assigned to Stuart and Valley Prep and rising eighth-graders currently assigned to Stuart will attend a separate, small seventh- and eighth-grade academy on the Stuart campus.

“It’s exciting in that we're about to scale up and take what we learned here and use those strategies that we know to be successful,” said Frost Academy principal Faith Stroud.

Another change to building in the 2016-17 school year will be the new Norton Commons Elementary. The $15 million facility will be the first new elementary school built since 2008.

For teachers and administrators, the summer is just another time to continue planning.

“Lots of people have their schedules done,” Hargens said. “The budgets are done, the tentative budget is approved, so lots is done but now you want to fine tune it.”

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