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Second JCPS superintendent candidate visits Louisville

Dr. Donna Hargens Dr. Donna Hargens
Dr. Hargens answering questions during the public forum Dr. Hargens answering questions during the public forum

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A day after we learned the Kentucky Court of Appeals will hear arguments over the JCPS student assignment plan, the district's second finalist for superintendent took the stage.

Dr. Donna Hargens answered questions from parents and teachers. Much like Dr. Christine Johns who we met Monday, Dr. Hargens talked a little bit about everything.

It's now clear neither one of them wants to ruffle any feather or take a stance on the student assignment plan during the interview process.

Right now Hargens is the chief academic officer for Wake County Public Schools in North Carolina. She told the crowd there are many parallels between her district and JCPS.

"This is a large school system, and the skills I've developed over my career fit perfectly. There's also a wonderful community here that really wants to support and embrace education," Hargens said.

Under the guidance of a new superintendent in North Carolina, Wake County Schools are making the transition away from their student assignment plan to give parents more choice.

"There are guiding principles: proximity, stability, choice and achievement," Hargens said.

But she made it clear, the Jefferson County Board of Education adopted a student assignment plan for the current school year and her job is to implement it.

People we talked with left wanting more answers.

"I didn't hear any specifics or any solutions for this system. Maybe that's too much to expect from someone out of town that doesn't know the system," Susan Rostov said.

Now the board will decide, but it hasn't given a timeline as to when it will vote.

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