JCPS Superintendent candidates meeting the public this week

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - One of two candidates hoping to become the next JCPS superintendent will meet the public tonight at Male High School.

The Board of Education announced last week that Dr. Donna Hargens and Dr. Christine Johns are the two final candidates to take over for doctor Sheldon Berman.

Dr. Hargens is currently the Chief Academic Officer in Raleigh, North Carolina. She took over the Wake County school system during turbulent times, including a school board meeting where 19 people were arrested during a discussion dealing with racial tensions.

The other candidate, Johns leads Utica Community Schools, just north of Detroit, Michigan.

In a letter currently on that school system's web site, Johns addresses dramatic budget cuts her system faces. The current funding cut from the state stands at about 13.5% for her school system, Johns says. She adds that there is more flexibility in Louisville because there is a local funding source through property taxes.

The Utica Community Schools district is considering closing four elementary schools and laying off almost 500 people.

Johns will be available to meet with the community tonight at 6 p.m. at Male High School. Hargens will be there at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

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