Former JCPS superintendent Ernest Grayson dies at 91 - WDRB 41 Louisville News

Former JCPS superintendent Ernest Grayson dies at 91

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The first superintendent of the newly-merged Jefferson County public school system died Monday at the age of 91.

Ernest Grayson first joined Jefferson County Public Schools in 1955 as supervisor of accounting. He eventually moved on to positions as director of finance, associate superintendent, and deputy superintendent.

According to his official biography, he was appointed superintendent of JCPS (the county district) on January 1, 1975. With the merger of the county district and the Louisville Public Schools (city district) on April 1, 1975, he became the first superintendent of the merged district.

His tenure was not an easy one as he was responsible for implementing court-ordered busing for desegregation beginning in September 1975 and teachers went on strike in 1976. He left the district in 1980.

Grayson's visitation is at Pearson Funeral Home on Breckenridge Lane on Friday, June 30, 2017 from 4 - 6 p.m.

His funeral is Saturday, July 1, 2017 at 11 a.m. in the Chapel of Christ Church United Methodist Church.

For a link to his obituary, click here.

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