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KONZ | Full agenda on tap for Tuesday's JCPS meeting

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Jefferson County Board of Education has quite a few items up for discussion and for a vote on its agenda for Tuesday night.

The school board has 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. work sessions and then its regularly scheduled 7 p.m. meeting, all of which are held at the Van Hoose Education Center, 3332 Newburg Road.

Here are some items of interest:

  • Bonuses for bus drivers who come to work -- As WDRB previously reported, JCPS bus drivers may soon receive a $100 bonus for each week they come to work. The district has struggled to hire enough bus drivers and has had to cancel routes more than 20 times this year.
  • Hiring nonviolent ex-felons -- The board will have a first reading of a policy change that would give JCPS the discretion to hire someone who has been convicted of a nonviolent, nonsexual crime. The proposal does not clearly define a non-violent offense or how old the conviction would need to be for the felon to be considered. 
  • Early kindergarten entrance policy for 2017-18 -- The school board will hear the first reading to update its early admission kindergarten policy. Starting with the 2017-18 year, Kentucky will move up its cutoff date for kindergarten by two months. To enter kindergarten, a child must be five years old by Aug. 1, instead of the current Oct. 1 deadline. JCPS is allowing parents to file an appeal that would allow children who meet certain criteria to enter kindergarten, even if they don't turn 5 until Oct. 31.

    Jefferson County students who will turn 5 years old between Aug. 2, 2017, and Oct. 31, 2017, can be enrolled in kindergarten if they can also score at or above the 95th percentile on both an intelligence test and the kindergarten readiness screener known as Brigance.

    Initially, JCPS was going to charge $6,000 tuition for those students because the state wasn't going to reimburse districts for early admission kindergarteners, but the state law was amended in 2015, allowing districts to get state reimbursement. 

  • Valley, Fern Creek high school appeals -- As previously reported, JCPS asking the state to reconsider the labels given to Valley and Fern Creek high schools following the release of their latest test scores.
  • Permission to sell Frost Middle School property -- It appears as though the district is preparing to sell Frost Middle School, which the board voted to close at the end of the 2015-16 year. JCPS is seeking permission to change the status of Frost Middle School from from permanent to transitional, so the school board may declare the property as surplus to the educational needs of the district. 
  • Expanding parking at Portland Elementary -- The board is being asking to purchase property at 3416 Pflanz Avenue for $26,000 that will allow for expansion of the school’s parking lot.
  • Student test results and equity -- This 4 p.m. work session will focus on recent statewide assessment results, equity initiatives and the district's support systems. Some principals will highlight their school’s success and share their thoughts about what’s working in their building and what support they received and still need.

    In addition, district leaders will talk about the district's equity scorecard and initiatives that have taken place regarding eliminating achievement, learning and opportunity gaps and JCPS Chief Academic Officer Lisa Herring will introduce the design and purpose of the district's Academic Leadership Team. No action will be taken.
  • Comprehensive sex education -- In this 5:30 p.m. work session, district officials will discuss how JCPS plans to provide more resources to health teachers as it relates to teaching about healthy sexual behaviors. No action will be taken.
  • Access to public school choice -- District officials say they will talk about plans to better communicate what sort of school choices it offers to students and families. In addition, JCPS will not be printing School Choices books this year. Instead, the district has put together brochures for each grade level. You can see open house schedule and information about the district's upcoming Showcase of Schools here.


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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