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JCPS board discusses proposal to hire non-violent felons

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A proposal is being discussed that would open up positions within JCPS to felons not convicted of violent or sexual crimes.

The plan had its first reading Tuesday night at the JCPS board meeting.

Superintendent Donna Hargens is suggesting the change, which would give her more discretion in the hiring process. 

Right now, any felony conviction disqualifies someone from a job with JCPS. Those against the plan are concerned about safety and say it sets a bad example for students to lower the standard.

Supporters say it will help the district hire for hard-to-fill positions like bus drivers. JCPS says it has about 97 open positions throughout the district.

"I don't want to continually ding someone for something, a mistake that they made a long long time ago," board member Chris Brady said.

"You never know what that conviction means, in terms of violent behavior for instance, because there are plea agreements, and they plea to lesser offenses than what was committed," board member Linda Duncan said.

The proposal failed to get enough support to get past the first reading but could come back at a future meeting. The board also voted down a proposal to increase the salary of the Chief Equity Officer.

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