Frost Middle School recommended for closure

Posted by Charles Gazaway - email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The superintendent of the Jefferson County Public Schools has recommended that a middle school identified as one of the county's lowest performing be closed.

During special meeting on May 6, Dr. Sheldon Berman recommended to the Jefferson County School Board that Frost Middle School be closed. The Phoenix School of Discovery would be moved to the Frost Middle location.

Frost students would have the option to Transfer to another JCPS school or have the choice to attend Phoenix.

Frost Middle was one of six JCPS schools – including Western Middle, Fern Creek High, Shawnee High, Western High and Valley High Schools - given failing grades on academic performance by the Kentucky Department of Education's leadership assessment.

Among the recommendations made by KDE for improvement were:

  • Restaffing certified employees
  • Hiring new principals at four of the six schools – Frost Middle, Western Middle, Fern Creek High and Valley High
  • Transferring the authority the school's site based council to the superintendent

JCPS says it has been working to improve these schools for three years. Berman also appealed the reassigning the principals at Fern Creek and Valley High Schools to the board.

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