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Video: Jan. 26 Board of Education recognitions
Vice-Chairperson Porter (right) honors Dana Goins and Dr. Eric Wright, Kentucky Counseling Association Award winners.
Board Chairperson Jones (second from right) honors Communications Dept. staff members who won state awards.
Board member Horne (right) honors teachers who received National Board Certification.
Board member Haddaway (right) honors Shacklette Elementary student Samar Whitt, a state spelling bee winner.
Board member Duncan (right) honors teachers who received National Board Certification.
Board member Willner (right) honors Indian Trail Elementary, a MicroSociety International Three STAR Award winner.
Board member Brady (back row) honors Farmer Elementary Cheerleaders, winners of a state competition.
- Video: Jan. 26 Board of Education recognitions
- Vice-Chairperson Porter (right) honors Dana Goins and Dr. Eric Wright, Kentucky Counseling Association Award winners.
- Board Chairperson Jones (second from right) honors Communications Dept. staff members who won state awards.
- Board member Horne (right) honors teachers who received National Board Certification.
- Board member Haddaway (right) honors Shacklette Elementary student Samar Whitt, a state spelling bee winner.
- Board member Duncan (right) honors teachers who received National Board Certification.
- Board member Willner (right) honors Indian Trail Elementary, a MicroSociety International Three STAR Award winner.
- Board member Brady (back row) honors Farmer Elementary Cheerleaders, winners of a state competition.
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Regular meetings are open to the public and are held in the Stewart Auditorium at the VanHoose Education Center, 3332 Newburg Road, at 7 p.m., unless otherwise noted.
|January 11||VanHoose Education Center|
|January 26||VanHoose Education Center|
|February 9||Waggener High School|
|February 23||VanHoose Education Center|
|March 8||VanHoose Education Center|
|March 22||VanHoose Education Center|
|April 26||Fairdale High School|
|May 10||VanHoose Education Center|
|May 24||VanHoose Education Center|
|June 14||VanHoose Education Center|
|June 28||VanHoose Education Center|
|July 26||VanHoose Education Center|
|August 9||VanHoose Education Center|
|August 23||VanHoose Education Center|
|September 13||Lincoln Elementary Performing Arts School|
|September 27||VanHoose Education Center|
|October 25||VanHoose Education Center|
|November 15||Cane Run Elementary School|
|November 29||VanHoose Education Center|
|December 13||VanHoose Education Center|
Most meetings are held in the Stewart Auditorium at the VanHoose Education Center, 3332 Newburg Road. Regular meetings are televised live by Insight Communications and can be seen on Cable Channel 98. An interpreter is provided for the hearing impaired. Special meetings may be called anytime by the chairman or by written request from three members to the board's secretary. Notice of a special meeting is sent to local newspapers and to radio and television stations.
Agendas are available at board meetings and online here. You also can get agenda information by calling (502) 485-3342. All meetings are open to the public, but the board may hold a closed Executive Session to discuss the purchase of real estate, proposed or pending lawsuits, collective bargaining, or personnel matters.
The overall responsibility is to oversee the development, operation, and improvement of JCPS. Specifically, the board's responsibilities include the following:
- Approving high-quality instructional programs
- Reviewing student progress
- Reviewing the educational program
- Appointing the superintendent
- Approving the JCPS annual operating budget
- Approving purchases and contracts
- Accepting contracts for new construction, renovations, and building additions
- Ensuring practices and policies are in agreement with the Kentucky Revised Statutes
- Establishing tax rates
- Performing all duties prescribed by the Kentucky Revised Statutes
Board members may not act independently on official matters. They may act only as a group on board-related decisions.
Since 2000, the Iowa Association of School Boards and the Iowa Schools Foundation have demonstrated through research that school boards have a significant impact on student achievement. Data shows that school boards in high achieving districts are different in what they believe, in what they know and in what they do. This study, known as the Lighthouse Project, also identified five leadership roles of the school board necessary to lead districts as they ensure high levels of student achievement for all students. These leadership roles and examples of actions school boards may take are:
|Leadership Roles of the School Board|
|1||Set clear and high expectations.
Truly believe more is possible for your students.
Establish a clear focus for improvements
|2||Create the conditions for success.
Demonstrate commitment to improvement through board discussion and action. Align all parts of the system around the students learning needs.
|3||Hold the system accountable.
Determine indicators (evidence) of progress and success.
Routinely monitor, receive reports and ask questions.
|4||Create the public will to succeed.
Create awareness of the district needs.
Connect with the community.
|5||Learn as a board team.
Establish time to learn together as a board/superintendent team.
Talk about what is most important - engage in policy development to sustain improvements for all students.
The board has established several goals for the entire school district:
GOAL 1: Increased Learning
Every student progresses in his or her learning and meets or exceeds proficiency in all subjects.
GOAL 2: Graduation and Beyond
Every student graduates prepared for his or her postsecondary choice — for college or career, and life.
Parents, community, and partners enrich students’ educational experiences and support their success.
All schools are staffed, resourced, and equipped to support student needs.
Our easy-to-use map provides instant information on your representative. Click here
You can get e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, and phone numbers for members from our Board Member District Map. You also may contact board members by writing P.O. Box 34020, Louisville, KY 40232, or by calling (502) 485-3566.
Generally, meetings are structured as follows:
- Moment of Silence
- Pledge of Allegiance
- Recognitions and Resolutions
- Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting(s)
- Superintendent’s Report
- Action Items
- Information Items
- Consent Calendar (Persons requesting to address the Board on a specific agenda item will speak when that item is brought forward.)
- Board Reports, Requests, and Planning Calendar
- Persons Requesting to Address the Board on a Non-Agenda Item
- Executive Session (If Necessary)
Yes. The board encourages parents and other members of the community to share their opinions at meetings. Be sure that the issue you want to talk about is one the school board should address. Take complaints or issues concerning a specific school to the principal or to the School-Based Decision Making (SBDM) Council. The purpose of the board is to establish policies for the entire district, not to settle disputes that could be resolved through other channels.
How to speak at a meeting:
- Register with the secretary of the board by calling (502) 485-3342, Mon. through Fri., between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tell the secretary the topic you would like to address. Or you may register on-site at a meeting before it starts.
- You'll have three minutes to address the board. If that isn't enough time, write a letter to the board members or call your representative at (502) 485-3566.
- When you're called to speak at a meeting, approach the microphone and say your name and the name of any organization or group of citizens you're representing.
- Explain your concern, complaint, question, or opinion. Give supporting examples or reasons.
- End your remarks by telling the board members the action you want them to take.
- If you're reading from a script, you may want to provide copies for board members and for the superintendent.
- Avoid repeating similar views of other speakers. In the interest of time, it's best to designate a single spokesperson to represent a group. You can show your numbers by asking those present to stand or simply by telling the board how many belong to your organization.
- Limit your comments to one item or issue.
- Always be polite. Avoid name calling, finger pointing, accusations, or demeaning language.
You can view the Policy Manual. Note: This is a PDF file of nearly 200 pages.