JCPS superintendent candidate meets parents and teachers

Dr. Christine Johns
Dr. Christine Johns
Dr. Johns answering questions during the public forum
Dr. Johns answering questions during the public forum

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The first of two candidates for the superintendent position with the Jefferson County Public Schools met with parents, teachers, and staff Monday night. It was also the first time we got to ask Dr. Christine Johns about some of the big problems JCPS is facing.

As questions stacked up on stage from teachers and parents, concerns from the crowd took center focus. Dr. Johns had a lot to talk about from dealing with difficult parents to bullying and budgets and student suspensions. Within a half hour of the question and answer session, the student assignment plan came up.

"On the issue of student assignment, I think clearly the Board of Education has adopted a plan," Dr. Johns said.

According to Dr. Johns, she needs time to get a full understanding of what's going on. We asked her about our WAVE 3 investigation that followed three bus rides with times ranging from 1:09 to almost an 1:19.

"I can't speak to specific mechanics of the implementation of the plan because there's lots of mechanics to it," Johns said.

The superintendent from Utica Community Schools in Michigan says she's ready to work with JCPS families, employees, and the community. She told the crowd she's very concerned about the achievement gap between races. Her message of equity and excellence for all students seemed to be well received by parents.

"I thought she was great. I think sometimes public education doesn't attract the best and the brightest candidates. She was a graduate of Harvard. I think that would give a real boost to students in this community who don't realize how far they could go," parent Amy Brooks said.

Dr. Johns said Louisville seems up front and caring; she used the same words to describe herself.

We'll meet the other candidate, Dr. Donna Hargens from North Carolina, June 8 during a public forum at Male High School starting at 6 p.m.

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