Jefferson County Public Schools, Kentucky

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Jefferson County Public Schools is a school district in Kentucky (Sunshine Review). It serves over 98,000 students in 90 elementary schools, 24 middle schools, 21 high schools, and 20 other learning centers. It has over 6,000 teachers.[1]

Website evaluation

Main article: Evaluation of Kentucky school district websites

This website was most recently evaluated on 12 Feb 2012.

The good

  • Tax information and the budget are posted.[2]
  • Union contracts are online.[3]
  • Information about background checks is online.[4]
  • School board members and agendas and meeting minutes are posted online.[5]
  • Instructions on making a public record request are available.[6]
  • A link is provided to academic performance information.[7]
  • Audit are posted.[8]

The bad

  • Contact information for the superintendent is not available.

Leadership

Superintendent

Superintendent Sheldon Berman's contract will expire in June, and his contract will not be renewed.[9] The school board cited low test scores and angry parents due to an unpopular student assignment plan. According to the Fox 41 article, Berman came to Jefferson County from Hudson, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. He is paid $273,000 each year.[10]

Board of Education

The members of the Board of Education are:

  • District 1, Vice-Chair - Diane Porter
  • District 2, Chairman - Stephen P. Imhoff
  • District 3 - Debbie Wessland
  • District 4 - Joseph L. Hardesty
  • District 5 - Linda Duncan
  • District 6 - Carol Ann Haddad
  • District 7 - Larry Hujo

Jefferson County Teachers Association

The union for Jefferson County Public School teachers is the Jefferson County Teachers Association. The contract for the years 2005-2010 can be found here.[11]

The paygrades for teachers in the 2010-11 contract range from $37,441 to $76,393.[12]

Union Leadership

The union is run by:

  • President - Brent McKim
  • Vice President - Royce Whitman
  • Treasurer - Dennis Wiseman
  • Secretary - Paula Miller

Budget

Main article: Kentucky state budget

In 2010-11, the general fund revenue is $903,600,578,54.[13] Its sources of revenue are:

  • Local - 70.71%
  • State - 26.79%
  • State seek ARRA - 2.21%
  • Federal - .3%

Total spending sources are[14]:

  • General fund - $903,600,578.54
  • Special revenue/grants - $113,580,565.25
  • Capital outlay - $8,490,000.00
  • Building fund (5 cent levy) - $70,018,043.67
  • Construction fund - $65,369,976.22
  • Debt service - $34,698,925.00
  • Food service - $47,483,352.27
  • Day care operations - $1,250,000
  • Adult education - $1,025,000
  • Tuition programs - $1,522,746.00

In 2010-11 the general fund spending is $903,600,578.54[15]. Its expenditures are:

  • Elementary schools - $235,554,254
  • Middle schools - $96,549,363
  • High schools - $125,016,070
  • Systemwide school costs - $23,381,622
  • ECE schools - $8,050,391
  • State agency schools - $6,320,602
  • Special schools - $44,293,484
  • Facilities and transportation - $82,532,474
  • Administration/business offices - $21,756,687
  • Administration/instructional support - $51,714,554
  • Other systemwide costs - $208,431,078

School report cards

School Level Percent Proficient and Distinguished (Elementary/Middle) or Graduation rate (High) (if these figures are not provided, a third grade reading score was used)[16]
Atkinson Academy Elementary Not listed
Audubon Traditional Elementary Elementary 82.61
Atherton High 86.15
Auburndale Elementary 71.6
Ballard High 89.75
Barrett Traditional Middle 72.24
Bates Elementary 67.44
Blake Elementary 57.35
Bloom Elementary 52.71
Blue Lick Elementary 61.25
Bowen Elementary 65.46
Brandeis Elementary 66.94
Breckenridge/Franklin Elementary 68.42
Butler Traditional High 95.14
Byck Elementary Not listed
Brown School Elementary, Middle, High 70 (elementary and middle), 98 (high)
Camp Taylor Elementary 60.61
Cane Run Elementary 55.93
Carter Elementary 58.72
Chancey Elementary 65.10
Cochran Elementary 40.68
Cochrane Elementary 48.15
Coleridge-Taylor Elementary 60.53
Coral Ridge Elementary 56.13
Crums Lane Elementary 44.83
Carrithers Middle 44.97
Central High 92.05
Chenoweth Elementary 74.7
Conway Middle 23.69
Crosby Middle 62.39
Dixie Elementary 57.97
Doss High 77.23
Dupont Manual High 99.79
Dunn Elementary 77.63
Eastern High 85
Engelhard Elementary 50
Eisenhower Elementary 61.46
Fairdale High 78.81
Farmer Elementary 57.96
Farnsley Middle 42.87
Fern Creek Elementary 59.06
Fern Creek Traditional High 75.78
Field Elementary 74.29
Frayser Elementary 64.29
Frost Middle 12.22
Fairdale Elementary 71.91
Foster Traditional Academy Type 64.42
Frederick Law Olmstead Academy North Middle 21.67
Frederick Law Olmstead Academy South Middle 20.13
Gilmore Lane Elementary 33.33
Goldsmith Elementary 76
Greathouse Shryock Traditional Elementary 87.96
Gutermuth Elementary 57.78
Greenwood Elementary 55.45
Hartstern Elementary 65.38
Hawthorne Elementary 63.31
Highland Middle 44.69
Hazelwood Elementary 63.16
Hite Elementary 67.97
Indian Trail Elementary 52.78
Iroquois High 56.86
Jacob Elementary 61.36
Jefferson County Traditional Middle 62.27
Jeffersontown Elementary 81.2
Jeffersontown High High 71.27
Johnson Traditional Middle 46.55
Johnsontown Road Elementary 71.6
Kammerer Middle 52.61
Kennedy Montessori Elementary 49.80
Kenwood Elementary 54.44
King Elementary 40.79
Klondike Elementary 67.24
Kerrick Elementary 64.56
Knight Middle 18.65
Laukhuf Elementary 43.75
Layne Elementary 46.25
Lincoln Performing Arts Elementary 30.25
Luhr Elementary 63.38
Lassiter Elementary 21.58
Louisville Male High 98.47
Lowe Elementary 92.55
Maupin Elementary 40.79
McFerran Preparatory Academy Elementary 50
Medora Elementary 72.6
Middletown Elementary 75.96
Mill Creek Elementary 52.63
Minors Lane Elementary 55.88
Meyzeek Elementary 53.66
Moore Traditional Middle and High 26.53 (middle), 61.66 (high)
Myers Middle 27.81
Noe Middle 61.58
Newburg Middle 38.44
Norton Elementary 90.76
Okolona Elementary 66.67
Pleasure Ridge Park High 63.81
Portland Elementary 68.18
Price Elementary 54.43
Ramsey Middle 42.41
Rangeland Elementary 44.68
Roosevelt Perry Elementary 50
Rutherford Elementary 52.17
Sanders Elementary 66.67
Schaffner Elementary 68.71
Semple Elementary 47.37
Seneca High 80.82
Shacklette Elementary 55.79
Shelby Traditional Academy Elementary 54.26
Slaughter Elementary 55.41
Smyrna Elementary 79.27
Southern High 43.75
St. Matthews Elementary 72.93
Stonestreet Elementary 41.13
Stuart Middle 23.91
Stopher Elementary 89.92
Thomas Jefferson Middle 31.27
Trunnell Elementary 59.82
Tully Elementary 64.39
The Academy @ Shawnee High 57.33
Valley Traditional High 55.78
Watson Lane Elementary 48.78
Watterson Elementary 54.44
Wellington Elementary 43.75
Western High 64.91
Western Middle 12.24
Westport Middle 23.96
Wheatley Elementary 66.07
Wheeler Elementary 60.34
Wilder Elementary 82.02
Wilkerson Elementary 51.36
Wilt Elementary 65.45
Waggener Traditional High 71.11
Young Elementary 33.63
Zachary Taylor Elementary 62.82

Reform

Student assignment plan

In a plan that will be fully in place in the 2011-12 school year, the county is broken into two areas: Area A and Area B. Area A is made up of less wealthy adults who have less education, while Area B is wealthier with parents who have more schooling. Schools enroll between 15 and 50 percent of students from Area A.

Fox 41 reported that under the new student assignment plan, many students were not assigned to their choice of schools, and some students had hours-long bus rides, complete with transfers at bus depots. The new assignment plan is an effort to increase diversity in the wake of the Supreme Court's 2007 decision to strike down the district's old plan to combat segregation.[17]

Lawsuits

In 2010, Ed Week reported that local lawyer Teddy Gordon filed a suit saying that the reassignment plan violates state laws, which give parents the right to enroll their children in the public school that is closest to their home.[18] As of mid-July, nine parents had also joined the case.[19]

Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education

Before 2007, students in Jefferson County Public Schools were classified as either non-black or black, and schools were required to have between 15% and 50% black students.[20] On June 28, 2007, though, the Supreme Court decided that race cannot be used in determining school assignments.[21]

External links

References

  1. Jefferson County Public Schools
  2. Budget Budget
  3. Union contracts
  4. Background checks
  5. Board of Education
  6. Public records
  7. Academic performance
  8. Audits
  9. Fox 41, "JCPS board works to find new superintendent", Nov. 22, 2010
  10. Fox 41, "JCPS board works to find new superintendent", Nov. 22, 2010
  11. Contract
  12. Teacher pay grades
  13. Budget
  14. Budget
  15. Budget
  16. Report cards
  17. Fox 41, "JCPS board works to find new superintendent", Nov. 22, 2010
  18. Education Week, "Jefferson Co. Schools Sued Over Student-Assignment Plan", June 17, 2010
  19. WFPL News, "More Parents Join JCPS Suit", July 19, 2010
  20. Education Week, "Jefferson Co. Schools Sued Over Student-Assignment Plan", June 17, 2010
  21. Wikipedia, "Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education", accessed: May 8, 2011