WAVE 3 Editorial – January 3, 2012: JCPS Central Office

By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President & General Manager

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The administration of the Jefferson County Public Schools needs to be overhauled.

Findings of two audits show an inefficient central office comprised in part of hires made through nepotism and favoritism rather than qualification, salaries that are too high in some positions, and the most inexperienced teachers placed in high-poverty schools.

Taxpayers deserve better and so do the students and schools. We urge the superintendent and school board to respond swiftly to the 18 recommended actions in these audits that highlight improvement needs.

Particularly troubling is principal hires. If a school is failing, the principal must be held accountable.

Curriculum quality is another key issue that must be addressed.

The administration hiring pool must be examined. Internal promotions are certainly welcome but when more than 90% of the hires are internal, new ideas and input is hampered.

Reducing the number of positions in the superintendent's cabinet is one of the first action items from the school board after the audit. That is a good start.

The central office serves 155 schools and must be top notch so quality decisions are made and better schools result.

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