New JCPS Superintendent talks to WAVE 3 about goals during quick visit to Louisville

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Her first official day on the job for JCPS isn't until August 1, but Dr. Donna Hargens is in Louisville Thursday to kick off a short visit and meet and greet.

She started her day Thursday at 8 a.m. at Churchill Park School, which is in session for summer school.  She toured classrooms and talked to teachers, students, and staff.

"I talked a lot during the interview process and now it's my opportunity to listen and learn and the way that I started the day is at the center of what's important to us and that's students and actually being at a school and seeing students and actually seeing the teachers and the principal that serve our students everyday," Dr. Hargens told WAVE 3 Thursday morning.

Hargens is in town for just a few days. She still has to wrap things up at her old district back in North Carolina as well as pack things to get ready for her new job and new life in Louisville.

She's already been thinking about the job, and come August 1, she has a lot she wants to get done on that very first initial day.

"Meet more principals and meet more students and meet the community. I think it's really important to meet everybody in the community. I've met a lot of people during the interview process and again I talked a lot, now I want to listen to the members of the community," Dr. Hargens said.

Come the very first day of the new school year, Dr. Hargens will have been on the job for exactly two weeks; she starts Monday, August 1 and students begin on Monday, August 15.

That means it'll likely be the 2012-2013 school year before we fully see her impact on the district.

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