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JCPS seeks policy revision to hire non-violent felons

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Convicted felons -- unless they've been convicted of a sexual or violent offense -- would be able to seek employment with Jefferson County Public Schools under a revision to the district's hiring policy that will be discussed on Tuesday.

According to an amendment of board policies that will be up for a first reading at Tuesday's Jefferson County Board of Education meeting, "employment shall be contingent on receipt of records documenting that the individual does not have a conviction for a felony sex crime or as a violent offender or other conviction determined by the superintendent to bear a reasonable relationship to the ability of the individual to perform the job."

Superintendent Donna Hargens is recommending the change, which would ultimately give the superintendent the authority to hire someone convicted of a non-violent, non-sexual felony offense.

"The proposed amendments provide clarifying language regarding the notification to the district by a Jefferson County Public School employee or applicant if he or she is arrested, charged or convicted of a certain set of offenses," Hargens' proposal reads.

The district's current policy does not allow a person convicted of any felony offense to be employed by JCPS.

Last month, Hargens floated a different revision of the policy to the school board, but it did not clearly define a non-violent offense or how old the conviction would need to be for the felon to be considered, and the item was pulled before the board could discuss it.

JCPS board member Linda Duncan was against the against the idea last month and said Monday she remains concerned about allowing convicted felons into the district's schools. 

"We have high standards and we want our employees to have high standards," Duncan said.

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