Berman job hunting, but local support for him grows

By Elizabeth Donatelli - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The movement to rehire JCPS superintendent Dr. Sheldon Berman is growing. People getting involved are teachers, union members, even a legislator, but in the end the only opinions that really matter are the seven people on the Board of Education.

"I think more input is always welcome and the board will be open to that," said JCPS school board member Linda Duncan. "We'll probably wind up taking a reconsideration vote,"

Duncan took discussed the positives of Berman with the Jefferson County Teachers Association.

"We certainly hope there is a chance," said JCTA president Brent McKim. "From talking to school board member Linda Duncan, she seemed optimistic that it would and could."

Duncan wasn't alone. Jefferson County Rep. Darryl Owens also threw himself into the fight as a pro-Berman supporter taking his opinion to the teachers union.

"You get involved because education is so vital to this community," said Owens.

JCTA voted 18-9 to ask the school board to reconsider Berman's contract. The Courier Journal also chimed in with a favorable editorial.

"I didn't expect it," said Berman of the editorial. "It was very encouraging, and I was very pleased that they honored me in the way that they did."

JCTA will lobby board members for a re-vote, but Berman said it's not his place. WAVE 3 asked him if he would even consider staying after being ousted.

"If the board decided to change its position, I would gladly consider that," said Berman. "I like Louisville. It's a great city. It's a great place to live. It's a great community."

The reality is two school board members would have to change their vote in favor of Berman staying. WAVE 3 was able to reach three of the five nays. All three told us they wouldn't change their vote.

As for Berman, despite the growing support to keep him as superintendent, he has not been offered another job locally. He says he has started searching, but would not elaborate. 

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